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Unformatted text preview: ATP, PAID 1, Studying Personality Tom Farsides Studying Personality ATP, PAID 1, Studying Personality Tom Farsides Lecture contents • Methods used to study personality • Characteristics of each • Relative strengths and weaknesses • Examples and demonstrations of each ATP, PAID 1, Studying Personality Tom Farsides Concerns of personality researchers • Human nature • Individual differences • The organisation of ‘bits’ of people (e.g., goals, moods, actions, thoughts) “that gives direction and pattern (coherence) to” those people’s (common and unique) existences (Pervin, 2002, p. 447) • Psychology (I.e., anything to do with individuals’ psyches) ATP, PAID 1, Studying Personality Tom Farsides 3 approaches to studying personality • Clinical • Correlational • Experimental ATP, PAID 1, Studying Personality Tom Farsides What’s the story? ATP, PAID 1, Studying Personality Tom Farsides The clinical approach • Essential feature: Ideographic ⇒ Understanding individuals uniquely and holistically. • Key question: “What is this person like?” ⇒ Individual differences: “ To what extent are other people like this?” ⇒ Human nature: “Does this person have any characteristics in common with all humans?” ATP, PAID 1, Studying Personality Tom Farsides The clinical approach • Common characteristics ⇒ Secondary to a non-research purpose (e.g., therapy, selection)Secondary to a non-research purpose (e....
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This note was uploaded on 10/18/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 202 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at North South University.

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l11 - ATP PAID 1 Studying Personality Tom Farsides Studying...

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