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Class+20+-+Traits - Psychology1 GeneralPsychology...

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Psychology 1 General Psychology Christopher Gade, PhD Office: 3412 Tolman Hall Office hours: Th 1:30-4:30  Email: [email protected]  Class T/Th, 11:00-12:00 Wheeler Auditorium
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Personality To effectively examine the  topic of personality, one  can ask a number of  questions… How is an individual’s  personality defined? How do we determine  different personalities? Can and do our  personalities change? How does personality come  about?
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How do we define personality? Personality – all the consistent ways in which the  behavior of one person differs from and is similar to  that of others, especially in social situations Specific behaviors signify specific personalities Personality measures can’t determine what we do all of  the time in every social situation, but it can give us a good  indication about what we are likely to do Personality traits are often tough to define, but there are a  number of theories about how many, and what types of  traits individuals have Personality is said to be the product of experience and  genetics
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How do we define an  individual’s personality? In trying describe someone’s consistent  behaviors, while also differentiating   individuals, personality psychologists often  use two approaches Idiographic approach – studying personality by  using detailed examinations of individuals Freud’s work Nomothetic approach – studying personality by  examining large groups and tendencies of these  groups (behavioral, questionnaire, other methods) Most of today’s class
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The State/Trait Approach to  Personality In the nomothetic approach to defining 
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