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Psychology 260, Week 1 Chapter 1 Notes

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Psychology 260, Week 1 Chapter 1 Notes PSY 260

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These notes cover most of Chapter 1 of personality psychology.
Personality Psychology
Dr. Jill Kaplan
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Date Created: 07/24/16
Chapter 1 – Personality Psychology 08/24/2016 ▯ 3 BIG QUESTIONS (tie ancient philosophy to contemp. personality psych)  WHO AM I?  HOW DO PEOPLE DIFFER?  WHAT IS MY FUTURE? ▯ Who am i?  Origins o Socrates…interested only in self-knowledge  Secondary realization o It is hard to know oneself o Unconscious influences  Today o Implicit personality theory o Personality psychology ▯ How and why are people different?  Origins o Characterology: the literary study of different personalities o Humoural Theory: the attempt to find biological bases for individual difference  Developed by Hippocrates; Galen  4 types:  Sanguine (even-tempered; blood; air)  Choleric (irritable; yellow bile; fire)  Melancholic (depressed; black bile; earth)  Phlegmatic (low energy; phlegm; water) o Hans Eysenck Theory of Personality  ▯  Contemporary o Assessment of personality o Mental measurement o The study of individual differences ▯ What will my future be?  Origins o Since the ancient oracle at Delphi, people have wondered about their futures  Contemporary o Personality psychology tells us  Given characteristic, x  How will x influence life outcomes ▯ Wundt’s Views: Psychology’s Job  Wilhelm Wundt: Founder of experimental psychology  The disciple of psychology studies various mental systems one by one o Sensation o Perception o Memory, etc. Analyzing Wundt’s Conception  Personality is a sytem  A system is a set of interrelated parts ▯ Definition of Personality  Personality is the organized, developing system within the individual that represents the collective action of that individual’s major psychological subsystems ▯ The Molar Molecular Continium MOLAR (big) SOCIOLOGY PYSCHOLOGY BIOLOGY CHEMISTRY MOLECULAR (small) PHYSICS  Sociological level: groups including or interacting with personality  Psychological/symbolic level: internal personality, external situation  Biological level: nervous system, situational elements Occupations Contributing to Personality Psych  Professor teaching personality psych  Pyscho-therapists interested in personality psych  Human resource personnel studying job performance  Researches in artificial intelligence  Education psychologists studying learning styles  Comparative biologists ▯ ▯ ▯


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