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This course will cover the major theories and research findings in the field of personality psychology.

Introduction to Personality Psychology

 

Psychology of Personality Course Details:

This course will cover the major theories and research findings in the field of personality psychology. We will begin by discussing different approaches to studying personality, including trait, biological/genetic, and psychodynamic perspectives. Then we will explore various topics within personality psychology, such as self-concept, motivation, emotion, coping with stress, and close relationships. Throughout the course, we will consider how well different personality trait theories explain real-world phenomena.

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Personality in Psychology Course Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

1. Understand and describe different approaches to studying personality in psychology.

2. Understand and describe major theories and research findings in the field of personality psychology.

3. Understand and apply different personality trait theories to real-world phenomena.

4. Develop their own research ideas in the field of personality psychology.


Recommended Texts:

Introduction to Personality Psychology by Robert B. Ewen (ISBN: 978-1-4338-2721-2)

The Handbook of Personality Psychology by Susan T. Fiske, Daniel T. Gilbert, and Gardner Lindzey (ISBN: 978-0-12-381479-1)

Personality Psychology in Everyday Life by David C. Funder (ISBN: 978-0-471-51525-5)

Olson M H & Herngenha R S. (2011). A primer on personality theory. 8th ety. Lower Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall. ISBN 0120577898-0.


Online Assessment:

This course will be assessed via online quizzes and psychology of personality tests.

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Personality Psychology Course Schedule:

 

Week 1: Introduction to Personality Psychology

Lecture 1: What is Personality Psychology?

Lecture 2: Approaches to Studying Personality Psychology

Quiz 1

Week 2: The Self-Concept

Lecture 3: Theories of the Self-Concept

Lecture 4: Empirical Findings on the Self-Concept

Quiz 2

Week 3:Motivation

Lecture 5: Theories of Motivation

Lecture 6: Empirical Findings on Motivation

Quiz 3

Week 4: Emotion

Lecture 7: Theories of Emotion

Lecture 8: Empirical Findings on Emotion

Quiz 4

Week 5: Coping With Stress

Lecture 9: Theories of Coping With Stress

Lecture 10: Empirical Findings on Coping With Stress

Quiz 5

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Week 6: Close Relationships

Lecture 11: Theories of Close Relationships

Lecture 12: Empirical Findings on Close Relationships

Quiz 6

Week 7: Application of Personality Psychology

Lecture 13: Applying Personality Theories to Real-World Phenomena

Lecture 14: Developing Your Own Research Ideas in Personality Psychology

Quiz 7


Final Assessment:

The final assessment will be an online test covering the main theories and research findings covered in the course.

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Additional Information:

What will you achieve?

Upon completion, you’ll:

  • Explain how psychologists find the personality of someone more accurately than other researchers.
  • Find five different defense strategies and give an example for each. Apply a self-efficacy concept to a person’s personal life.
  • Find a method to increase self-efficacy.
  • Give the psychologist 5 dimensions of personality.
  • List the characteristics that elicit the personality tests.
  • Comparative personality assessment to simulated personality testing.
  • Explore the possibilities of four different theories of personality.

Course format

Psychopathology of Personality online course includes a series of brief videos arranged in topic chapters. A typical video is approximately 10 minutes long and includes a simple quiz that helps measure the progress you make. It’s entirely self-learning. Watch the lessons anytime and anywhere. Each chapter ends with the completion of a chapter test that will show how far you’re going. When you’re ready to start your final exams after the course is complete, you can practice on the tests. Afterwards you may be asked an examination to complete.


What will I learn in the Introduction to Personality course?

It focuses on 15 personality theories from recent history. The concepts discussed during Introduction to Personality offer excellent examples of different philosophical perspectives regarding how nature operates and how they interact. The idea of personality development cannot be restricted to textbooks. There may be more ideas that are present at this time. These sets of theories were selected because of their historic importance in the field of psychology.

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Learn about the complexities of personality, and what makes us – us

Tell me the secret of our identity? An important question in psychology which has prompted endless researches. In this class, you will explore factors influencing personalities and gain deeper insight into psychological theory. You will cover Freuds pioneering work in the psychodynamic view of personality, and will examine the psychology of human behavior, behaviour and personality.


Who is the course for?

For those wanting to study psychology you do not have to have previous experience. This could particularly serve aspiring scientists who have completed their undergraduate degree in another discipline wishing to expand their scientific and research skills.


Explore the theories of personality psychology

This class examines how personality tests aid in understanding human decision making. As you learn more about the personality traits in a person, you will also explore how different personality theories can be applied in the same case.


Understand defence mechanisms and how they apply to everyday situations

Almost all personality types develop defence mechanisms that are formed by childhood experiences and other personality attributes. This guide teaches you how to identify five mechanisms.

You will also learn some psychoanalytic theory of personalities and many personality theories such as humanistic, cognitive and psychoanalytic theory.


Develop your knowledge of self-efficacy and how it can benefit you

It’s important you trust yourself and believe in your own abilities. You will learn how self-efficacy is defined and how its impact is determined.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

What is personality psychology course?

The course covers personality theory as well as research methods. The subject area includes behavioral psychotherapy, behavior psychology, cognitive humanistic psychoanalysis, and trait theory as well as supporting research.

What do you learn in a personality psychology class?

This course examines the main theories and methods of personal personality psychology in its development.

What degree do you need for personality psychology?

What is the purpose of personal psychological therapy?

What does a personality psychologist do?

Psychologists are psychologists who are interested in understanding why individuals have different types of psychological subsystems that function in varying ways in their life.

What is the difference between a personality psychologist and a clinical psychologist?

A personality psychologist studies the psychological makeup of an individual, while a clinical psychologist diagnoses and treats mental disorders.

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Sneak Peak & Glossary of terms and concepts from the Course:

Analytical psychology: A school of thought that emphasizes the importance of the unconscious mind in personality development.

Cognitive psychology: A branch of psychology that studies mental processes such as attention, memory, and language use.

Defense mechanisms: Mental processes that protect a person from anxiety or stress.

Ego: The part of the psyche that mediates between the conscious and the unconscious mind.

Freudian slip: A mistake that is thought to reveal a hidden conflict or unease.

Id: The part of the psyche that contains the basic, instinctual drives.

Personality: The unique combination of characteristics that make up an individual’s temperament and behaviour.

Psychodynamic: Of or relating to the interaction of conscious and unconscious mental processes.

Self-efficacy: The belief in one’s ability to achieve a goal.

Superego: The part of the psyche that contains the moral standards and values learned from parents and society.

Trait theory: A theory of personality that emphasizes the importance of inherited traits in determining behaviour.

Inferiority complex: A feelings of inadequacy or inferiority.

Contemporary approaches: A new wave of psychological thought that has emerged in recent years.

Cognitive approaches: A psychological perspective that emphasizes the role of mental processes in determining behaviour.

Behavioural approaches: A psychological perspective that emphasizes the role of external stimuli and reinforcement in determining behaviour.

Person-centered approach: A psychological perspective that emphasizes the importance of the individual’s subjective experience.

Humanistic psychology: A school of thought that emphasizes the importance of the individual’s growth and self-actualization.

Existential psychology: A school of thought that emphasizes the unique experience of the individual in an indifferent universe.

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Positive psychology: A branch of psychology that studies the factors that contribute to a person’s happiness and well-being.

Resilience: The ability to bounce back from adversity.

Growth mindset: The belief that intelligence and ability can be developed through effort and practice.

Mindfulness: The practice of being present in the moment and paying attention to one’s thoughts and feelings without judgment.

Flow: A state of optimal experience in which a person is completely absorbed in an activity.

Self-compassion: The practice of extending compassion and understanding to oneself in times of difficulty.

Social learning: The process of learning through observation and imitation.

Modeling: The process of observing and imitating another person’s behaviour.

Bandura, Albert: A cognitive psychologist who is best known for his work on social learning theory.

Erikson, Erik: A psychoanalyst who is best known for his work on ego development and identity formation.

Jung, Carl: The founder of analytical psychology.

Maslow, Abraham: A psychologist who is best known for his work on the hierarchy of needs.

McDougall, William: The founder of the psychodynamic approach.

Pavlov, Ivan: A physiologist who is best known for his work on classical conditioning.

Humanistic approach: A psychological perspective that emphasizes the importance of the individual’s growth and self-actualization.

Trait theory: A theory of personality that emphasizes the importance of inherited traits in determining behaviour.

Type A personality: A personality type that is characterized by a competitive, ambitious, and driven nature.

Type B personality: A personality type that is characterized by a laid-back, easy-going, and relaxed attitude.

Introversion: A personality trait characterized by a focus on internal thoughts and feelings.

Extroversion: A personality trait characterized by a focus on the external environment.

Neuroticism: A personality trait characterized by a tendency to experience negative emotions.

Psychopath: A personality disorder characterized by a lack of empathy and remorse, and a propensity for violence.

Sociopath: A personality disorder characterized by a lack of empathy and remorse, and a manipulative, deceitful nature.

Narcissism: A personality disorder characterized by an inflated sense of self-importance, a need for admiration, and a lack of empathy.

Borderline personality disorder: A personality disorder characterized by instability in mood, relationships, and self-image.

Histrionic personality disorder: A personality disorder characterized by a need for attention and approval, and an overly dramatic or emotional nature.

Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder: A personality disorder characterized by a perfectionistic, inflexible, and controlling nature.

Paranoid personality disorder: A personality disorder characterized by mistrust and suspicion of others.

Schizotypal personality disorder: A personality disorder characterized by odd or eccentric behaviour.

Anxiety disorders: A group of mental disorders characterized by feelings of anxiety, fear, and insecurity.

Gordon allport: A psychologist who is best known for his work on personality.

Hans eysenck: A psychologist who is best known for his work on personality.

Raymond cattell: A psychologist who is best known for his work on personality.

Psychoanalysis: A theory of personality and therapy that emphasizes the importance of the unconscious mind.

Behaviourism: A theory of personality and therapy that emphasizes the importance of learning through conditioning.

Critical thinking skills: The ability to think logically and critically.

Problem-solving skills: The ability to find creative solutions to problems.

Decision-making skills: The ability to make sound decisions based on logical reasoning.

Flexibility: The ability to adapt to change.

Patience: The ability to tolerate frustration and delay without becoming angry or upset.

Self-control: The ability to control one’s emotions and impulses.

Assertiveness: The ability to express oneself confidently and stand up for one’s rights.

Empathy: The ability to understand and share the feelings of others.

Cooperation: The ability to work well with others towards a common goal.

Tolerance: The ability to accept and respect the beliefs and opinions of others.

Personality test: A test that is designed to measure personality traits.

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The Big Five: A model of personality that identifies five broad dimensions of personality: Extraversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Neuroticism, and Openness to Experience.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: A popular personality test that assigns people to one of 16 personality types.

The Enneagram: A model of personality that identifies nine distinct personality types.

personality disorder: A mental disorder that is characterized by a persistent and inflexible pattern of behaviour.

antisocial personality disorder: A personality disorder characterized by a lack of empathy, impulsivity, and a propensity for violence.

Psychological theories: Theories that attempt to explain the workings of the human mind.

Psychodynamic theories: Psychological theories that emphasize the importance of the unconscious mind and childhood experiences.

Clinical psychology: The branch of psychology that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.