October 26 - What does it mean to know someone? Traits...

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October 26, 2010 Writing Assignment 3 due Thursday Exam 3 in one week What is Personality Core approaches: psychodynamic, humanistic Inner core of early experience and genes Outer core of affiliation and achievement Onion skin: trait, behavioral Self-esteem and personality are basically an onion. Layers stacked on top of each other with no real core, all layers are independent of one another. When we say something about someone’s personality, we are speaking in terms of something that is enduring about a person. In reality, we change our personality for certain situations and different relationships Although we vary across situations, our avg. personality over a period of time is strongly consistent. McAdams’ levels of personality
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Unformatted text preview: What does it mean to know someone? Traits actor Big 5 characteristics of thoughts, feelings, behavior Good first read psychology of stranger Not contextual, consistent across time and situation Personal concerns agent Goals in life What are your values? Identity author Deepest level of knowing Stories we tell about ourselves that give our lives coherence and meaning. Connecting events from early life to who we are now, and who we will be in the future. Truth or falsity of your story in unimportant, its important because it gives us meaning. We can behave as an actor, agent or author at any time. Relating personality to everyday life...
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This note was uploaded on 11/17/2010 for the course PSY 301 taught by Professor Pennebaker during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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