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PSYC35 - Lecture 9

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Marc A Fournier

Lecture 9 – Personality Dynamics – Interpersonal Flux, Pulse, & Spin How to apply the problem to the area of interpersonal traits or interpersonal behaviour – subset of personality functioning how does personality manifest itself or unfold in the presence of other people pioneered this moskowits and zuroff focuses on personal functions behaviour is a function of the person and environment Sullivan was offering the radical interpersonal behaviour, its’ not a function of either of thing, its a function of the relationships, personality doesn’t exist the way tyou think it does, it’s a proxy a placehold personality is in the occasion you are in Leary how to apply Sullivan concepts to psychotherapy interactions formalize Sullivan’s thinking try to generate a taxonomy traits – what people are like in general and behaviour – what people are doing right now cover everyday and extreme behaviour the 16 categories are clearer when put in a circle all interpersonal traits and behaviours can be found in the circle, universe of content distance from the origin is a reflection of intensity or extremity. increasilntly disordered Wiggins circumplex (variation) out of 8, a circular continuam, the two ends of the continuem meet, it has two underliying dimensions, control and affiliation, dominance and nurturance, dom and lo, agency and communion another dimension affection and warm, there are characteristics that can be found all the way around the circle. equal spacing and equal disntace from the origin. There shouldn’t be different levels of intensity in the contructs. spatial relationships convey important info about how variables are correlated or not. opposite sides of cicrcle because they are negatively related. variables that are near eachother are positively related variables that are orthogonal (at right angle) to eachother they are unrelated, you knmow nothing of one variable from know the other variable dominance and submissiveness, and quarrelsome and aggreableness when we know these four pieces of info, we can combine them to determine a single point in the circle to described with two parameters, how far away it is from the origin,extremity (vector length) and angular rotation (style) . these summarize the four pieces of info we had, interpersonal profile, what they are like when they are in the presence of other people, the farther the more extreme, depending on their angle, their style if you measure the same person in more than one occasion that they don’t always act in the same way. peoples behaviour will naturaly fluctuate. Flux – the extent of a person’s variability. how much you move around
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