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PSYX 233 Personality October 2015

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PSYX 233 Personality October 2015 PSYX 233 - 01

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Date Created: 11/05/15
Personality  Personality: o Dispositional traits  Big Five traits  Openness o Vivid imagination, willingness to try something new  Conscientiousness o Hardworking, ambitious, energetic, perseverance  Extroversion o Warmth, gregariousness, assertiveness, positive emotions  Agreeableness o Opposite of antagonism, distress, callousness  Neuroticism o Lack of control, anxiety, fear, loneliness  Based on the comparison between individuals  Your outer limits are determined in relativity to others  Distinctive “enough”  Enough is ambiguous  If constructs were not distinctive, we wouldn’t be able to tell between happy and sad, happy and content, etc.  Cross-situational  Function of personality is to remain consistent enough that you should maintain goals throughout life o Personal concerns o Life narrative  Personality research o State processes: act with dispositional traits to create transient short-term changes in emotion  Personality itself stays the same  Mood, hunger, anxiety, etc. o Personal concerns: act in tandem with self-regulatory processes that include such processes as primary and secondary control  Primary: changing environment to meet goals  Secondary: changing goals to meet environment o Cognitive processes: act jointly with “life narratives” to create natural interaction that occur between storyteller and listener  processes central in organizing life stories  Five-factor model o Trait: “any distinguishable, relatively enduring way that one individual differs from others” (Guilford, 1959) o Trait theories: assume little change in personality occurs across adulthood  Big five traits(OCEAN)  Critiques: lexical hypothesis, culturally bound o What about the role of experience?  Long term stability  Personality adjustment: developmental changes in terms of their adaptive value and functionality o Contributing to society  Relationships with peers, etc. o Everyday life running smoothly  Has adaptive value  Personality growth: ideal end states o Transcendence, wisdom, integrity o Long term effects of what happens in your life  Who you are coming, who you want to become  Big 5 changes in Personality o Age changes  More in individuals than in the general population o Neuroticism decreases  As we age, we tend to “grow out of” personality disorders o Agreeableness and conscientiousness increases o Openness to experience decreases a little  People with more openness are more optimistic in general o What are the exceptions?  Needs an environmental push for it to occur  Dispositional traits across adulthood o Tend to be stable when data are averaged over large groups of people  More variability with the individual  Personal concerns: constructs not reducible to traits o Need to be viewed as conscious descriptions of what person is trying to accomplish during a given period of life o Morals/values  Carl Jung: o Personality development in adulthood  Inner experiences are important  Philosophical v scientific viewpoint  Based more on symbols o Different part of personality must be balanced  Expressed in “normal” ways, neurotic ways, or dreams o Two basic orientations of the ego  Introversion and extroversion  Introversion is a function of age  Increases with age, due to younger people needing to reach out more to build a life  Ambiavert: A little bit of both introversion and extroversion  Must deal with the outside world in an effective way in order to evaluate inner feelings and values o The outside world and your “inside world” must be harmonious  Masculinity and femininity  Working hard on expressing one while suppressing the other  Gender role- stereotypes  As people grow older they start to let out suppressed part of their personality  Ideas of self and personality are organized by symbols and stories o Theory:  Emphasizes that each aspect of a person’s personality must be in balance with all the others  Two basic orientations of the ego  The first theorist to discuss personality development during adulthood  Invented the notion of the midlife crisis  Argued that people move toward integrating these dimensions (intro/extroversion, masculinity/femininity) as they age, with midlife being an especially important period  Personal concerns and qualitative stages in adulthood o Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development  First theorist to develop a truly lifespan theory of personality development  Eight stages represent eight great struggles he believed people must undergo  Trust v mistrust (infancy) o Significant relationship with maternal people o Basic strength: hope  Autonomy v shame/doubt (early childhood) o Significant relationship with paternal people o Basic strength: will  Initiative v guilt (play age) o Significant relationship with basic family o Basic strength: purpose  Industry v inferiority (school age) o Significant relationship with neighborhood/school o Basic strength: competence  Identity v identity confusion (adolescence) o Significant relationship with peer groups/outgroups o Basic strength: love  Intimacy v isolation (young adulthood) o Significant relationship with partners in friendship, sex competition, cooperation o Basic strength: love  Generativity v stagnation (adulthood) o Significant relationship with divided labor and shared household o Basic strength: care  Ego v despair (old age) o Significant relationship with humankind, “my kind” o Basic strength: wisdom  Each struggle has a certain time of ascendancy  Epigenetic principle: each struggle must be resolved to move onto the next conflict  Theories based on life transitions: o Among the most popular theories of adult personality development o Based on the idea that adults go through a series of life transitions, or passages  However, few of these theories have substantial databases  None are based on representative samples o Life transitions tend to overestimate the commonality of age-linked transitions  Not true that you have to complete one stage before going onto the next  In search of the midlife crisis o A key idea in life transition theories is the midlife crisis  The idea that at middle age we take a good look at ourselves in the hopes of achieving a better understanding of who we are  Many adults face difficult issues and make behavioral changes o Very little data supports the claim that all people inevitably experience the midlife crisis  Most middle-aged people do point to both gains and losses, positives and negatives in their lives  Has to do with culture/environment o Transition may be better characterizes as a midlife correction  Reevaluating ones’ roles and dreams and making the necessary corrections  Conclusions about personal concerns o Evidence supports a sharp change in personal concerns as adults age


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