Lecture 3 - February 10

Lecture 3 - February 10 - PSY 257 Lecture 3 February 10,...

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PSY 257 Lecture 3 February 10, 2009 Five issues personality theories should address: 1. Structure a. What are the pieces/components/traits of personality? b. How are they related 2. Process a. What motivates us to act? What makes us tick? b. Ex) motivational concepts 3. Growth and Development a. How do we develop into the people we are today? 4. Psychopathology a. What happens when people cannot take the stresses of life? b. Abnormal versus normal reactions 5. Change a. Can you change someone’s personality? b. Yes, but it is difficult. Why is it so difficult? It’s hard to change because we get into comfort zones; we like familiar, constant environments c. There are small steps we can take to change gradually: life transitions help us to change, force us to seek out new situations, move, exposed to different things, some go to therapy to change. Measuring Personality What is measurement: can be qualitative or quantitative. In psychology, we prefer describing personality phenomena in quantitative form (assigning numbers). The Adjective Check List by Harrison Gough is a popular way to measure personality.
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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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Lecture 3 - February 10 - PSY 257 Lecture 3 February 10,...

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