Textbook Notes (369,140)
Canada (162,411)
Psychology (4,934)
Chapter 1

Lecture 1 - Chapter 1.pptx

17 Pages

Course Code
Psychology 2550A/B
David Vollick

This preview shows pages 1,2,3,4. Sign up to view the full 17 pages of the document.
Chapter 1: Orientation to Personality TA OFFICE HOURS • SSC 7313 • Fri: 11am-12pm *VOLLICK DOESN’T USE WEBCT – EMAIL DIRECTLY IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS* exams • 80 MC questions • First two – in class Models/Theories • Advantages of using a model – Guide data collection & interpretation – Common language within same model – Guide future research – Explain & predict [what personality really is] • Disadvantages – Too rigid - Limits our thinking – Uncommon language between models Defining Personality • Many definitions, but no single meaning is accepted universally – A unique, dynamic, organization of unique characteristics of an individual that influences behaviours & responses to the environment of that person – NOT character (morals) or temperament (emotions) Defining Personality , cont’ d • One’s personality should: – Show continuity, consistency, and stability – Be expressed in many ways • Different with family/friends/professionals – Be organized (disorganization is a sign of disturbance) – Influence how the individual relates to the social world [introverts, extroverts] – Link with physical and biological characteristics Stable, Coherent Individual Differences • Behaviour that changes frequently, may not be indicative of one’s personality Predicting and Understanding • Identifying consistent, stable individual differences is an important goal – It makes it possible both to describe people and to predict their future behaviour Theory and Levels of Analysis in Personality Psychology Early “Big Picture” Theory • Early theories - such as – Hippocrates’: basic human temperaments – Aristotle’s: the brain to be the seat of the rational mind – Freud’s: founded a controversial, comprehensive theory of personality - not scientifically testable – all stimulated many different types of research • Personality psychology – are several, alternative theoretical approaches The Trait-Dispositional Level • To identify consistencies in the basic expressions of personality = stable personality characteristics • In what general ways are people different from e
More Less
Unlock Document

Only pages 1,2,3,4 are available for preview. Some parts have been intentionally blurred.

Unlock Document
You're Reading a Preview

Unlock to view full version

Unlock Document

Log In


Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.