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Introduction to Personality, Week 2 Notes

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Introduction to Personality, Week 2 Notes PSY3101

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- What is Personality ? - Why does it better? - The goal of Personality psychology - Major Concepts Underlying Personality Theories - S Data (Self-Judgements or Self-Reports) - I Data (Inf...
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PSY 3101 Introduction to Personality Week 2 Lecture 2 (January 25), What is Personality? Why does Personality Matter? - Individual Outcomes: . Happiness/Well-being . Spirituality/Virtues . Health/Longevity . Psychopathology -Self-concept/Identity - Interpersonal Outcomes: . Peer and family relationships . Romantic relationships - Social/Institutional Outcomes: . Occupation choice and performance . Political attitudes . Pro-social actions . Criminality Person: - Social Influences - Personal Influences - Thoughts (Cognition) - Feelings (affect) - Behaviors The Things Personality Psychologists Study: - A.B.C.s of Psychology . Affect – emotion, feeling . Behavior—doing . Cognition – thinking - Overlap with clinical psychology . Normal vs. extreme patterns of personality . Both needs to understand the whole person - The whole person . How all other areas of psychology come together . Every person is ‘like all others, like some others, and like no others’ . Not just how a person is, but also how they came to be that way . Personality psychology interfaces with developmental, physiological/neurobiological, environmental/situational, clinical, and cognitive The goal of personality psychology - Explain the whole person in his or her daily environment . Why do you do, think and feel what you do Major Concepts Underlying Personality Theories 1) Objective vs. Subjective (Which one matters more?) - Behavior View . Observed experiments . Objective information - Internal/Dynamic View . Private, internal experiences (a more ‘inside’ way) . Subjective information 2) Person vs. Situation - People are consistent (Is she always like that?) . E.g: ‘Leslie is really friendly’ (Person) . Is Leslie always friendly? . Eg: ‘Leslie is really friendly… unless she is around Tammy’ (Situation) 3) Idiographic vs. Nomothetic - Idiographic . Idios = personal . Implies that you can never perfectly measure all the reasons a person is who they are (probably true) - Nomothetic . Nomos = law . Uniqueness, but according to participants and within ranges defined by the laws of nature . Example: Many people have difficulty regulating their emotions, while others seem to cope well in the face of adversity/trauma (An common outcome caused by a unique chain of events for each person) 4) Personality Adjustment (sort of changing yourself to suit into the environment) - Adjustment emphasis . People have needs and requirements . Adjust the environment to suit those needs - How people tend to adjust to their environments is their personality . Different people adjust to the same environment in different ways Good Theories: - Testable - Makes predictions - Understand behavior Basic Approaches: - Trait approach . How people differ psychologically - Biological approach . Understand the mind in terms of the body . Genetic, evolutionary, neurobiology, neurochemistry - Psychoanalytic approach . Unconscious mind and internal mental conflict - Phenomenological approach . Humanistic psychology: how conscious awareness produces uniquely human attributes . Cross-cultural psychology: how the experience of reality varies across cultures - Learning and cognitive processes approach . Learning: how behavior changes as a result of rewards, punishments, and life experiences . Social learning: learning through observation & self-evaluation . Cognitive personality psychology: focuses on perception, memory and thought Integrating Approaches: - Good science encourages the ‘blind man’ to communicate with one another - Each of the basic approaches can be informed by the others; the best aspects of each approach can be usefully combined . Example: Studying creativity & personality development Pigeonholing vs. Individual Differences: - People really are different - Describing individual differences in typical cognition, feelings and behavior does not force anyone into a neat little box; personality psychology acknowledges that ‘typical’ does not mean ‘always’, & personally can change Week 2 Lecture 3 (January 27), Personality Research Methods: Sources of Data S Data: Self-Judgments or Self-Reports - Definition: a person’s evaluation of his or her own personality - Usually questionnaires or surveys . E.g: The BFAS on Moodle - Most frequently data source - High face validity (The degree to which an assessment instrument appears to measure what it is intended to measure) Advantages of S Data: - Based on a large amount of information . You are always with yourself . People are usually their own best expert - Access to thoughts, feelings, and intentions - Definitional truth - Causal force . Efficacy expectations (what you think you are capable of and the kind of person you think you are) . Self- verification - Simple and easy data Disadvantages of S Data: - Maybe people wont tell you - Maybe people cant tell you . Memory is limited and not perfect . Fish and water effect (Fish is always around water cant tell you much apart from water) . Active distortion of memory . Lack of self-insight - Too simply and too easy (Fail to get other source of data) I Data: Informant Report - Definitions: Judgments by knowledge informants about general attributes of the individual’s personality - Family, Acquaintances, coworkers, clinical psychologists, teachers, etc. - Based on observing people in whatever context they know them from - Used frequently in daily life Advantages of I Data: - Based on a large amount of information . Many behaviors in many situations . Judgments from multiple informants are possible - Based on observation of behavior in the real world . Not from laboratory tests or constructed situations . More likely to be relevant to important outcomes - Based on common sense about what behavior mean . Takes context into account - Definitional truth - Causal force . Reputation affects opportunities and expectancies . Expectancy effects/behavior confirmation Disadvantages of I Data: - Limited behavioral information . For example: only has one context - Lack of access to private experience - Error: more likely to remember behaviors that are extreme, unusual or emotionally arousing - Bias: due to personal issues or prejudices . E.g: Sibling reports, parent reports L Data: Life Outcomes - Definition: Verifiable, concrete, real-life outcomes that may hold psychological significance - Obtained from archival records of self-report . Advantages and disadvantages of archival records - The results of ‘residue’ of personality Residue of Personality: - Things that you own - How you get to work/school - Receipts - Public records, arrests - Online presence/trail Advantages and Disadvantages of L Data: Advantages: - Objective and verifiable - Intrinsic importance - Psychological relevance Disadvantages: - Multidetermination - Access/privacy B Data: Behavioral Data - Information that is carefully and systematically recorded from direct observation Nature B Data: - Based on real life - Diary and experience-sampling methods (like EAR) - Reports by acquaintances - Naturalistic observation - Advantages: realistic - Disadvantages: difficult and expensive; desired contexts may seldom occur Laboratory B Data; Experiments: - Make a situation happen and record behavior - Examine reactions to subtle aspects of situations - Represent real-life context that are difficult to observe directly - Example: The Marshmallow Test . (Certain) personality test  To see how a person responds  Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) Advantages and Disadvantages of B Data: Advantages: - Range of contexts in the lab - Appearance of objectivity (But subjective judgments must still be made) Disadvantages: - Uncertain interpretation - Behaviors may not mean what we think they do (Laughing vs. happiness, delay time vs. delay of gratification) Summary of B Data: (Laboratory) Experiments: - Make a situation happen and record behavior - Constrain external influences - Example: neuroticism and ‘emotional utility’ experiment Certain Tests: - Example: MMPI (Minnesota Personality Inventory) - Blurry line between S and B - Rorschach Physiological measures: Example: Facial muscles, eye movements, plethysmographs Exercise: - Is your bed made? (L) - How many things are hanging on your bedroom walls? List 5 things that are hanging up on the wall. (L) - How often do you procrastinate? (S) - If I asked your roommate, how would they tell me that your dishes sit in the sink before being washed? (I) - Imagine you are brought into a lab and asked to write short summaries of all of the books you have read for pleasure in the last year. How many could you summarize? (B)


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