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Personality Psychology, Week 1 notes

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Week one of personality psychology notes
Personality Psychology
Parkhurst, J.
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Psychology, personality




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Date Created: 09/09/16
Chapter 1: Personality psychology= “the scientific study of the psychological forces that make people uniquely themselves” (Friedman & Schustack p 500)  States  Traits 8 aspects that make up personality Paradigms* that correlate with aspects 1. Unconscious 1. Psychoanalytic 2. Ego 2. Neo-Analytic/Ego 3. Biological 3. Biological 4. Learning 4. Behaviorist 5. Cognition 5. Cognitive 6. Traits 6. Trait 7. Spiritual 7. Humanistic/Existential 8. Interaction 8. Interactionist *Paradigm/Theory= set of hypothesis must be testable and observable - If it is not testable then it is a correlation - Some theories are inductive or deductive  Deductive= take rules and try to see what is common or correlates (what do things boil down to)  Inductive= continuously adding new information (what do things add up to) - None of the theories are enough alone, but rather need all together as a whole o [Gestalt: the sum of a part is greater than many little parts] - Need to be able to consider many different theories for treatments Personality Psychology History Development through art  Originated in ancient Greece people were fascinated by personality and certain traits o Acting o Theater  Shakespeare uses archetype in his work o Archetype= general theme that occurs to many people  Modern day actors encompass a character they are playing o Weight loss/gain o Changing of hair or appearance Development through religion  People wanted to know why people were not acting in a Godly way  since people were made in image and likeness of God o Curiosity stemmed from here through Christianity, Judaism, and other Christian faiths Development through Evolution  Adaptive traits are stronger and the weaker ones are dying out o Domination of stronger personalities as people adapted to the world *evolution has changed the way people perceive gender Development through Freud and WWI  Assessment tests o used to determine people’s traits to best place them for the war  IQ tests/cognitive school testing o Came next after assessment tests to use in schools for educational purposes  Personality tests o Personality profile= definition of someone’s traits *cannot overgeneralize in a profile because people are inconsistent and a profile can’t describe a person in all situations Development through Culture  Anthropologist Margaret Mead said “your personality is a derivative of culture” o Dictates how you act at certain times and places *personality can’t exist without culture  Nomolythic Approach rules that govern everything  Idiographic Approach  unique individual ****Theory is greatest defense**** Chapter 2: Assessment 1. Subjective assessment 2. Objective assessment 3. Projective assessment  When performing any of these need to use reliability and validity Types of validity  Convergent use several instruments to converge validity  Discriminant  discriminate what experiment is looking for and what not looking for  Construct think of alternate hypothesis to make sure stay on the construct  Criterion-related correlation is needed  Content whole assessment impacts other parts *need to be valid with more than one type of validity to make sure it is completely valid -need to make sure the experimenter can ask the same concept in several different ways inter-correlated - Distribution has to deal with validity normal distribution Confounds= things that change people’s assessments  Acquiescence o When people are in a strange environment they will act differently  Social desirability o People want to be liked and this influences answers during assessments  Lie/Fake scales o On some tests there are questions to detect lying and faking (gets around the validity problem)  Bias o All tests make assumptions of groups taking tests (against normal distributions/representation of population)  Ex: race, ethnicity, gender, age, language, socio-economic status, region, cultural, religious, sexuality, etc.


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