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PSYB30H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 11: Extraversion And Introversion, Sage Gateshead, Big Five Personality Traits


Department
Psychology
Course Code
PSYB30H3
Professor
Marc A Fournier
Lecture
11

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PSYB30: Lecture 11 Integrating a Life
March 25, 2015
Dimensions of Human Existence
Agency
o Focus on the self
o Formation of separations
o Striving for self expansion and self elevation
Communion
o Focus on others
o Formation of connections
o Striving for contact and congregation with others
The Tone of Infancy
Early infant caregiver attachments serve to organize our experiences of trust vs.
mistrust
Erik Erikson Hope: “The enduring belief in the attainability of fervent wishes”
o Optimistic stories (comedy & romance)
o Pessimistic stories (tragedy & irony)
Early Childhood Images
The nursery school is busy acquiring a stockpile a rich, emotionally laden images
from family, school, the media, etc.
Culturally grounded or sanctioned images provide raw material for later life story
development
Later Childhood Themes
The elementary school child is able to organize human intentions into coherent
stories with beginnings, middles, and endings
As accounts of human intentions, stories tell what the characters are striving for
o Themes of separation and mastery (agency)
o Themes of union and solidarity (communion)
Adolescence & Ideological Settings
The teenager seeks an internally consistent and logical system of beliefs/values
i.e., an ideology
The ideological setting answers the questions “What is true?” and “What is
good?”
o Ideology of justice (agency)
o Ideology of care (communion)
Adolescence & Story Characters
The Imago
o The Main character in a person’s life story
o A personalized and idealized image of the self
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