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Introduction to Personality Spring 2010

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Introduction to Personality Theory Chapter 1
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What is Personality? Definitions of Personality: - “a pattern of relatively permanent traits, and unique characteristics that give both consistency and individuality to a person’s behavior” (Feist & Feist, 2006, p. 4) traits - “individual differences in behavior, consistency of behavior over time, and stability of behavior across situations” (Feist & Feist, 2006, p. 4) characteristics – “unique qualities of an individual that include such attributes as temperament, physique, and intelligence” (Feist & Feist, 2006, p.4) - “Personality is traits and only traits” (Buss (1989) as cited in McAdams (1995)] - “requires assessments of stylistic traits (e.g. extraversion, friendliness), cognitive schemes (e.g. personal constructs, values, frames), and dynamic motives (e.g. the need for achievement)” [McClelland (1951) as cited in McAdams (1995) ] McAdams (1995) Hierarchy of Knowing Someone: Level 1 = traits Level 2 = Desires/Drives Level 3 = Inner Story
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Some Assumptions in the Study of Personality 1.
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