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Lecture 4 - Jan 12th

Lecture 4 - Jan 12th - Going Beyond The Big 5 Trait...

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INTRODUCTION TO PERSONALITY JANUARY 12 2011 1 Going Beyond The Big 5 Trait Dimensions Midterm Exam will be Wed Feb 16 th 6:00 to 7:30 PM Class on Monday Jan 17 th is cancelled. I recommend reading Ch 1 this week and Ch 2 next week Thursday, February 10, 2011
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4 How would you describe his or her personality? - sincere, sympathetic, gentle; you can asses their personality traits easily. high on A, low on E, not N. hes C (taking out garbage); besides the big 5 traits they are also talking about some things that are important aspects of personality that has to do with how they see themselves now and what they are hoping to do with their lives in the future. MJ talks about wanting to be an actress and you can see that it is an ideal that she has but part of her is unsure if that is who she is and she can do that. Social cognitive approaches to personality would suggest we have multiple self representations and there are multiple views on self and some may not match up so well. we may have an ideal self that is different from actual self. Would a trait description be sufficient? A Different Kind of Film Clip Video from Spider Man 1 Thursday, February 10, 2011
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What else do we want to know about a person if we are to know them well: 5 What was his family like? What does he strive for? What are his career goals? What are his interests and hobbies? How does he relate to others, the boss, coworkers? How does he act in his closest relationships? How does he cope when things go badly? How does he think about his life story? How does he find meaning in his life? the big 5 traits are useful but kind of provide a fuzzy outline of an individual. if you meet a new friend and like them based on their Big 5 traits but you will want to know more about them and their future plans and goals and values. there are certain things we are interested in that tell us about people’s personality that it is natural to try to find out about something. you want to know about their life, how they view themselves, their motivations. Thursday, February 10, 2011
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McAdams Quote: 6 "Think about someone who you know really well. What is it that you know about him or her that you don't know about other people. Is it traits? Probably not? “It is likely that you know a person well by knowing what the person's life is like, what it has been like in the past, and what it may be like in the future. As part of this knowledge you may have access to the person's desires, needs, wishes, wants, goals, challenges, values and the unique way in which the person puts this all together, puts this together in a narrative pattern to make sense of who he or she is." Thursday, February 10, 2011
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The Three Levels of Personality 7 Traits traits are very important level but only the 1st Characteristic adaptations much more contextualized in time, place, role. much more fluid and dynamic and changeable. big 5 traits are highly consistent and stable.
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