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Exam 3 Notes (personality)

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Exam 3 Notes (personality) PSYC 331

Marisol Murillo
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Psychology of Personality
Timothy Tran
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Date Created: 05/09/16
Chapter 11: Self Actualization and Self Determination Self-Actualization (Carl Rogers) - Actualization  tendency to develop capabilities in ways that maintain or enhance the organism (present in al living creatures) - Self-actualization  promotes maintenance or enhancement of the self o Moves person toward greater autonomy and self sufficiency o Promotes congruence*, organization, wholeness and integration in the person - People will get better on their own if you remove barriers - Organismic value process  mechanism that evaluates whether experiences are actualizing o If not, nagging sense that something isn’t right o If yes, person is operating as “fully functional person” Needs for Positive Regard - Strong motive for love, friendship and affection from important others o Unconditional positive regard  given without any conditions or contingencies o Conditional positive regard  given only in situations that meet particular conditions  Conditions of worth  conditions under which a person is considered worthy of regard  Makes it hard to self-actualize  Conditional self-regard  application of conditions of worth to self Implications of Conditions of Worth - Conflicts between self- actualization and fulfilling conditions of worth o Example: Desire to be a musician in conflict with recognition of parent’s aspirations for their child to be a doctor - Sometimes hard to tell true desire from conditions of worth o Condition of worth is a precondition for acceptance and is always coercive Self Determination (Ed Deci and Ryan) - Three needs that must be satisfied for a life of growth, integrity and well being o Autonomy (self determination) o Competence o Relatedness - Self-determined actions  done because of intrinsic value of self o Longer interest is maintained - Controlled actions  done to gain payment or satisfy external pressure o Rewards can undermine intrinsic value of some activities and turn them into controlled actions  Activities are resistant to this effect if the reward informs you about your competency* Introjection and Identification - Introjected Regulation o Applies standards of “should” and “ought” to behavior o Behavior done to avoid guilt or to get self-approval o Control exerted from external sources - Identified Regulation o Process whereby behavior comes to hold personal meaning and value (often for growth) over time o Not as self-determined as intrinsically motivated behavior, but it’s close Need for Relatedness - Represents an intrinsic need - Characterized by genuine connectedness with others and unconditional acceptance - Not a need based on pressure or demand - Not in conflict with autonomy Self-Concordance - Related to self determination - Pursuit of goals that are consistent with core values - These bring more contribution to a sense of well being - Creates a positive spiral benefit - Pursuit of goals  greater effort  higher success  more satisfaction  higher well being Free Will - Emphasizes that people are free to determine: o How they act o What to become o If they are to be self-actualized or accept conditions of worth o Reactance  assertion of freedom when a threat to freedom is perceived o Perceptions of free will can be experimentally manipulated The Self - Development of the self represents gradual differentiation during infancy - Self- Concept: set of qualities a person sees as being part of herself/himself o Actual  perception of the way they really are o Ideal  what you really want to be - Self-actualization created a closer fir between the actual and ideal selves Incongruity, Disorganization and Defense - Incongruence: A disorganization in the self that is detected by the organismic value process o Leads to anxiety o Can cause low self- esteem - Ways to defend against anxiety of incongruence o Distortions of the experience  Rationalization o Prevent from reaching awareness  Denial  Avoid situations that trigger perceptions of incongruence Self Esteem Maintenance and Enhancement - Defenses protect and maintain self esteem - Conditions necessary for an event to have an effect on self-esteem* o Event attribute to you o Event must be interpreted as good/bad - Defense against failures o Minimize negativity of event (wasn’t so bad)  Rationalizing o Resist attributions to stable qualities of self  Blame others, lack of effort, excuses - Enhancement through success o Attribute to stable characteristics of self o Claim control of those characteristics Self-Handicapping - Acting in a way that created condition for failure - Hard goals and substantial risk of failure represent threats to self esteem - Create an external situation on which potential failure can be attributed and self-esteem can be maintained - No threat to stable qualities of the self Hierarchy of Motives - Abraham Maslow o Focused on most well-adjusted, fully functioning people o Examined motivations and how they are organized o Lower needs are deficient and motivate you to get something o Upper levels (love and belonging and up) are growth needs Self Actualizers - Deep ties, but only with a few people - May appear temperamental and ever ruthless because they only care about their needs and don’t care what others think about them Peak Experiences - Times when actualization is clearly occurring - Heightened sense of connection to elements in surrounding environment - Clarity of perception - Distortion of time - Subjective feelings of awe, wonder and ecstasy - More common during work than leisure* Existential Psychology - Emphasis on individual’s personal experience in life with a focus on the existential dilemma - Central construct  “Dasein” o Translates to “being in the world” o Conveys a sense of experience as an autonomous, separate, evolving entity in the world o Key issue in life is the inevitability of death  Results in angst  How to respond to this realization  Nothingness-----------------> authentic being Terror Management - Attempt to construct lives imbued with meaning and value as a response to the potential terror of mortality - Often define meaning by social and cultural processes o Group identity is important o Rejection of indications of animal nature Assessment - Interview o Content analysis organizes responses into meaningful groups - Q sort o Sort items into piles that correspond to particular criteria (most like you to least to you) o Inventories for self-actualization, autonomy, and control Problems in Behavior - Problems arise from o Incongruity and the negative affect that results o Living in order to meet conditions of worth o Not living in ways that promote self-actualization Therapy - Client Centered Therapy o Responsibility for improvement lies with the client o Removes distractions, so self-actualization processes can move client toward greater integration o Therapist demonstrates unconditional positive regard and empathy o Non evaluative, rather therapist reflects with:  Clarification of feelings  Restatement of content Chapter 12: The Cognitive Perspective Schemas and Their Development - Schema: a mental organization of information o Perceptual images o Abstract knowledge o Feeling qualities o Time sequence info - Includes information about: o Exemplars (specific examples) o General characteristics - Theories of formations o Generated around construct of prototype (best actual or idealized member) o Represent a composite of characteristics that are relevant, but not necessary (fuzzy set) Effects of Schemas - Facilitate coding of new info - Fill –in information lacking from events - Influence what info in remembered - Can be self-perpetuating o Schemas guide what is remembered o What you remember confirms schema o Schema continuous to guide what is remembered Organization of memory - Schemas are organizations of memories - Semantic memory organized by meaning - Episodic memory organized by sequence of events (space, time, personal memories) - Script: schemas for episodic events o Results from multiple episodes of a given type Socially Relevant Schemas - Social cognition: cognitive processes focusing on socially meaning stimuli - People from cognitive categories for: o Types of people o Gender roles o Environment o Social situations o Social relations - Social cognitions differ in content and complexity from person to person, depending on experience Self- Schemas - Larger and most complex schemas than other schemas* - Schematic representation of the self - Has more emotional elements - Effects of self-schemas: o Make it easier to remember things that fir it o Provides default information o Identifies where to look for new information o Can bias recall of past information o May be used as a default for strangers Entity and Incremental Schemas - Entity views: abilities seen as unchanging o Goal of task performance is to prove ability o Failure results in distress and desire to quit o Attend to and remember information concerning consistency - Incremental views: abilities seen as increasing with experience o Goal of task performance is to extend ability o Failure seen as opportunity to increase ability o Attend to and remember information indicating change Attribution - Inferring the cause of an event - Provides information important to understanding o Indicated kind of event o Hints at likelihood of future occurrence - Schemas assist in making attributions beyond information that is available - Self- success attributed to stable internal causes (ability) - Self-failure attributed to unstable causes, bad luck or too little effort Activation and Memories - Memory is organized in a network of interconnected nodes (areas of storage) - Information from activated memory nodes is represented in consciousness - As a node is activated, partial activation spreads to related (linked) nodes - Partial activation makes it easier for information to move into consciousness o Priming: activation of a node of information in a task prior to a task of interest (experimental uses) o Schematic information varies in the ease of activation depending on frequency of use Connectionism - Representations exist in patterns f activation across a neural network, rather than in nodes - Patterns reflect simultaneous satisfaction of multiple constraints - Particular relevance to social perceptions and decision making o Requires selection of one possibility from many o Output takes the form of only one representation at a given time - Organization of patterned network can be destabilized by new inputs (ambiguous figures, self-concept) Dual Process Models - Two kinds of thought involved in cognition o Conscious processing: effortful reasoning and programs of instruction  Implements rules and carries out logical steps of interference and action  Cool system slower, conscious, rational, evolutionarily newer  Explicit knowledge o Intuitive processing: intuitive problem solving, heuristic strategies, automated processes  Insights often shake out of the system  Hot system quick, automatic, experiential, evolutionarily older  Implicit knowledge Cognitive Person Variables - Adequate theory of personality must take into account 5 classes of variables that are influenced by learning (Mischel) o Competencies  social skills and problem solving strategies o Encoding strategies and personal constructs  schematic influences on individualized perspectives of the world o Expectancies important for understanding actions o Subjective values o Self-regulatory plans and systems Chapter 13: The Self-Regulation Perspective Schemas Revisited - Schemas for events include information about behavior o Helps understand others behavior o Help determine what to do in situations - Mirror neurons o Active when doing behavior or watching same behavior o Strong link between thinking and doing Intentions - Not all behavior derives from situational schemas for action - Some behavior is purposeful and results from intention Personal beliefs, desire for outcomes personal attitude intentionbehavior Belief about other’s desires, desire to do what others want subjective normintention behavior Types of Intentions - Goal intention: intent to obtain a particular outcome or goal - Implementation intention: intent to take specific actions (process) given a specific situation o Serves goal intentions (subordinate to) Goals and Goal Setting - Goals of central feature of human behavior o Energize activities o Direct movements o Provide meaning for life - Path of goal pursuit varies from person to person - Setting higher goals results in higher performance o Greater effort o More persistence o Greater concentration o Caveat: as long as a goal is realistic Feedback Control - Basic components of a discrepancy reducing feedback loop (negative feedback loop) - Goal reference value comparator output functions (changes to - make) effect on environment input function (perception of behavior) Implications of Feedback Control - Behavior is purposeful - Self-regulation is continuous - Goals may be dynamic over time Self-Directed Attention - Idea is that directing attention toward yourself engages the comparator in the feedback loop o Individual differences in self-directed attention o Experimental manipulations (mirror, video camera, audience) - Increases evaluation of current behavior to goals o Difficult to evaluate directly o Information seeking behavior - Behavior more closely matches goals o Evidence across a range of behaviors Hierarchical Organization of Goals - Provides a way to link physical action to higher order goals - Assumptions: o Higher level and low level goals o Feedback loops are arranged in layers o Behavioral output of high level loop provides goal for next lower level loop - Higher levels of hierarchy o System concepts- ideal self Highest o Principle control-broad overriding guidelines (traits) o Programs control-vague scripts Lowest o Ideal self-image (system concept)  Be healthy (principle)  Exercise (program) (definition of principle) Issues Related to Hierarchical Organizations - Not all levels may be functional all the time o Much behavior is guided by program levels of control (functionally superordinate) - Higher level goals can be satisfied by a number of lower level goals - A single lower-level activity can service multiple higher level goals - Goals of any one level may be compatible or incompatible with each other o Being frugal and environmentally responsible o Being frugal and being well dressed Is Behavior Organized in Hierarchies? - Action identification asking people to think about their actions - People identify their behavior as high level a way as they can o Example of different identifications associated with playing tennis:  Running, sweating, hitting a ball, swinging a racquet, lifting an arm, playing tennis - When difficulty occurs at a higher level, people retreat to lower level identification Emotions - Provide crucial information about goal priority - Serve as a cue for repriorization (Simon) o Anxiety  personal well-being o Anger  autonomy - Reflect “rate of progress” toward goals o Positive rate of progress  positive affect o Negative rate of passage of progress  negative affect o Faster rate of progress  greater intensity of affect - Implications of Behavior o Negative affect triggers trying harder o Positive affect may influence coasting and repriorization Stimulus Based Action - Goals can be activated without a person’s awareness - Research on subliminal stimuli o Stimuli presented outside of awareness o Stimuli affect subsequent behaviors o The idea is that behavioral schemas have been activated by the subliminal prime Obstacles to Goals - Expectancies influence engagement Difficulties Stop, generate expectancy of success Confidence of Absolutely success no Absolutely yes Complete Reward Disengagemen effort Assessment - Individual differences in self-regulatory process o Private self-consciousness: tendency to think about your feelings, motives and actions  Two aspects:  Reflection  suggesting curiosity fascination and inquisitions  Rumination  suggesting negative feeling states and not being able to put something behind - Behavioral Identification Form: identifies the level at which people tend to view their behaviors Problems in Behavior - Conflicts among goals - Specified Goals o Identification of abstract, high level goals but lack of know- how to reach them - Inability to disengage o Particularly relevant to self-defining goals o Periods of sporadic effort, distress, disengagement and confrontation with goal Therapy - Reduce atomicity of problem behavior  more careful monitoring of actions - Making new behaviors automated o Role playing, imagery - Means-ends analysis o Assess difference between current and desired state o Identify actions o Break actions into sub goals o Seek accurate feedback


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