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psych of personality feb 2 - Psychology of Personality...

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Psychology of Personality 2/2/11 9:55 AM February 2, 2011 The Dispositional Approach - How can you tell if a theory is dispositional? Personality recipes, dispositional ingredients o Claim personality consists of certain number of traits or needs Dispositions are rooted in biology o Some say genetics, other say hormones / brain structure Dispositions are stable o Personality is relatively stable over time because of biology o Can only change if a person’s biology is changed (take drugs, etc.) - Check websites: behavioral genetics, evolutionary psychology, eugenics watch - Don’t do much therapy – don’t believe that simply talking to someone will change a person’s personality to make them better. The only therapy is drug therapy. “I medicate first and ask questions later” Some medications do help – but need to be very accurate (dosage) www.crazymeds.com - Helpful guide to psychiatric medications written by the people who use them - Behavioral genetics in the news Discovery of genes that are correlated with specific behavior
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