PSY 352: Personality Psychology
Study Guide #1
What is personality?
How would you describe the traits vs. situationism debate?
Person-situation debate: behavior as function of stable traits or changing situations?
Describe the psychoanalytic, trait, biological, humanistic, behavioral, and cognitive approaches to
Trait: stable, defining characteristics- do you have a steady, unchanging personality?
Behavioral/social learning: conditioning, learned experiences- have you been taught to
have a certain type of personality?
Cognitive: information processing is your personality a result of the way that you think and
What is self-report data, and what are its strengths and weaknesses?
How does social desirability
influence the validity of self-report data?