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PSY 260, Chapter 1 Notes

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These notes outline Chapter 1 of the Mayer Personality Psychology textbook
Personality Psychology
Dr. Jill Kaplan
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Psychology, personality, personalitypsychology
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Date Created: 04/24/16
Ch. 1 What is Personality?  Central Questions: 1. Who am I? 2. What is my future? 3. What is Personality? o Personality is the system that organizes the many psychological parts of our minds – our perceptions, memories, and emotions 4. What is the Field of Personality Psychology? o The field of personality psychology is the area of psychology relating to the study of personality. 5. Why Study Personality Psychology? o By studying personality, we figure stuff about ourselves and others.  Great scholars turned to sciences to answer questions like What Is Life? Who Am I?  Psychology is the scientific discipline concerned with how a person’s mind works.  They study how a neuron works, how the eyes see, how the brain works, how language works  Personality Psychology is a discipline within psychology that asks how our major mental systems – our motives, emotions, and thoughts – work together as a whole and what that means for a person’s life.  AKA looking at a person comprehensively or Big Picture Perspective  Science + Philosophy  800-200 BCE, Temple of Delphi – Ancient Greece erected to the god Apollo  At entrance was “Know Thyself”  Socrates loved self-knowledge  Key to understanding how to treat others well is to know yourself, so “Who Am I?” is moral necessity  Later thinkers saw that question of self understanding very hard, not just about wanting to know yourself  By Middle Ages personality was mysterious – spirits and devils  1775 Father Johann Gassner said he could cure illnesses by expelling demons, used public demonstrations  Scientific evidence then kicked out idea of possession  Anton Mesmer discovered what he called “animal magnetism” or “animal gravity”  Was a means of influencing others  Hypnosis  Performed cures like Gassner using this theory  Only poorly understood, but opened the door to experiments of suggestibility and the unconscious  1819-1966 philosopher Schopenhauer – individuals as driven by blind instincts and deluded by own wills  The will blocks out what is unpleasant and this may be responsible for mental illnesses  Theory a century afterwards  1869 Eduard Von Hartmann published the “Philosophy of the Unconscious”  examples of how people deceive themselves, surprise themselves  basically non-conscious ideas against the conscious  Implicit Personality Theory  Bruner and Tagiuri (1954)  Implicit Personality Theory describes our unstated assumptions and ideas about how people think and behave  Many people recognize different types of people around them: the warm fuzzy type, the nerd, the jock  They act differently with different people  Knowing someone closely gives us predictions about how they will react and behave  Most judgments are intuitive  “what questions do you ask yourself when meeting a new person?”  How and Why Are People Different?  Ancient Greek guy Theophrastus – “Why is it that while all Greece lies under the same sky and all the Greeks are educated alike, it has befallen us to have characters variously constituted?”  Characterology = a literary endeavor to describe the different sorts of individuals who exist  Ex: a flatterer  Writers talked in characters, and early physicians tried to explain science side of that  Temperament = the physiologically based motivational and emotional styles people exhibit  4 Cent BCE – Greek physician Hippocrates and Galen developed 4-fold classification of personality  Divided into 1. cholerics – tall, thin, easily irritated, holds grudges, too much yellow bile 2. melancholics – contemplative in a sad resigned way, lack energy, expects the worst in everything, too much black bile 3. phlegmatics – slept too much, dull, cowardly, sluggish, and overweight, too much phlegm 4. sanguine – best personality type, even tempered, cheerful, hopeful, assertive, more blood than other types  philosophers took from literary types  Francis Bacon (1561-1626) thought that some people were better suited to certain jobs than others  Like some people are good at thinking about multiple things at once while others do better when focusing on a few things, some people like to do things quickly whereas others like to take time on bigger projects  5 century BCE China: Confucius worked a system (The Analects) for telling people how to bring harmony in a socially chaotic world  importance of learning, education and overcoming the self  Ancient Athenians and Spartans traveled to have their futures told  Ancient Chinese officials were using mental tests in 2 nd century BCE (to place people in gov positions)  Middle Ages = college degrees based on formal tests  Psych testing focused on mental ability til 20 century when it broadened to tests of attitudes, temperaments and personality  Different Kinds of Answers  The questions “Who am I?” or “How should you live your life?” can have different answers depending on when/how it’s asked and who is asked.  Like a friend might say we have different strengths than we would say that we have  Or they could point out a ton of flaws when we’re fighting  David Funder (1995,1999) and other researchers found that people are pretty accurate at describing external traits that are readily noticeable like how sociable a person is  But when it comes to more internal qualities (like intelligence) accuracy decreases  Interest in Personality  Psychological Mindedness = an interest in understanding relationships among psychological processes and how they influence a person’s life  What is Personality?  In 1887 Wilhelm Wundt founded the first psychological laboratory o Saw that smaller psychological systems build into larger ones in a hierarchy of complexity o Middle level = motivation, emotion, intelligence o Highest level = psychical personality  Molecular-Mole Continuum = to organize what is being studied within a given field, divides smaller objects from larger one.  Molecular = things that are relatively small o Like sensing the color orange, feeling a pang of envy  Molar = things that are larger and combine smaller processes  What is a System?  A system = a set pf interrelated parts  Defining Personality  Prince: “the sum total of all the biological innate dispositions and the acquired dispositions and tendencies”  Opposition = definition of personality as the study of individual differences  Individual Differences = emphasizes that personality psychologists should measure differences among people, classify people according to those differences and predict how those differences influence behavior  Personality = the organized, developing system within the individual that represents the collective action of that individual’s major psychological subsystems  Inner-Outer Dimension (or Internal-External) = personality is internal to the person, consciousness is internal to personality  Third dimension = time  What is a Field of Science?  A field of science = an organized group of individuals who study a common topic and who add to what we know about it.  Modern Personality Psychology  Many tried to synthesize into one single grand theory of personality  Freud = preeminent – psychodynamic psychology (how one part of the mind influences the other)  Other theorists = Carl Jung (psychoanalytical psychology) and Alfred Adler (individual psychology)  Abraham Roback (1927) wrote The Psychology of Character; an early textbook in the field  Gordon Allport o Taught personality survey course at Harvard o 1937 – publishes a textbook Personality Psychology; collected dozens of meanings of the term and explained why it was called that. o Introduced the theory of traits  Henry Murray o 1938 – published textbook Explorations in Personality; focused on motives (both conscious and unconscious) o Intruduced theory of needs  Evolving Viewpoints  Started as a theory by theory approach  Then evolved into a personality systems framework  Training and Research


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