Lecture 2 - February 5

Lecture 2 - February 5 - F. Talents and Skills a. High IQ,...

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Lecture 2 PSY 257 February 5 , 2009 Components of Personality a. What the person is like in general b. What is consistent across situations, over time, caused internally c. Temperament traits : deal with underlying emotions (impatient, aggressive) d. Character traits : tell us about someone’s character (generous, selfish, irresponsible, etc) B. States (Emotional and Mental) a. What the person feels, experiences, or thinks (infatuation) b. They can be situational, short-term, elicited by stimulus, cover, private C. Acts (activities, behavior) a. What the person is doing b. They can be situational, short-term, overt, public, observable, often intentional D. Physical Appearance a. Tall, beautiful, sexy E. Social Effects and Evaluations a. Attractive, boring, good, fearsome, horrible
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Unformatted text preview: F. Talents and Skills a. High IQ, great artist, extraverted Attempted definition of personality: Personality represents those characteristics of the person that describe and account for consistent patterns of feeling, thinking, and behaving Good theories can -Explain a diverse set of phenomena-Are as simple as possible-Testable: can be proven false through empirical tests Classic theories of personality grand in scope, comprehensive Modern theories: mini-theories, narrow in focus, precise, organized into theoretical approaches There is a tradeoff between the two, bandwidth (range phenomena a theory can cover) and fidelity (how well a theory can explain the phenomena it covers)...
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This note was uploaded on 12/03/2009 for the course PSY 257 taught by Professor Kwan during the Spring '09 term at Princeton.

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