Lecture 17 - March 4th

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1 How much does personality change over the adult years? Intro Personality March 4th, 2011 Prof. Koestner will resume responsibility for this course effective Fri March 4 th ; However, Prof Zuroff will give the lecture on each Monday in March. Prof Koestner will give all of the Wed and Fri lectures. Text Thursday, April 7, 2011
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2 Announcements Final Exam will be April 14 th at 2 PM; Reading of Chapter 11 has been reduced. Only read the sections about Freud, up to p 451. Exam review schedule will be announced next week. Thursday, April 7, 2011
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3 Questions: How much do the Big 5 Traits change from age 20 to age 40? The Big 5 are the easiest to pick up and can be measured the most accurately. . how much do we change? Am I going to be the same person in 10 years? Will I change? Is it predictable change? How much will the Big 5 Traits change thereafter? Thursday, April 7, 2011
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4 Examples of the Big Five N --> Neuroticism, Negative Affect, Nervousness E --> Extroversion, Energy, Enthusiasm O --> Openness, Originality, Open Mindedness A --> Agreeableness, Altruism, Affection labeled least well. Kind of sounds like someone who goes along with everything. But it is really about humanity, empathy and caring about others. .. C --> Conscientiousness, Control, Carefulness Thursday, April 7, 2011
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Source of Controversy: The Longitudinal Stability of Adult Personality, by Paul Costa and Robert McCrae (1998) the people who put forward the big 5 trait categories decided how to measure them. They suggest that personality researchers should restrict their research to the big 5 traits. they did very important studies that seemed to show that during the adult years, our standing on the big 5 remains highly stable. from the age of 30 onwards it seems that our traits are set in stone! this is very provocative. .. Wrote that book. Alternative Title: Your Personality? You’re stuck with it! Other researchers in the field believe we change as we get older and they felt challenged by this book and opinion so others tried to review other studies to make the case that Costa and McCrae had over- reached. 5 Thursday, April 7, 2011
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6 Possible Questions: 1. How likely are people to change their rank order on major traits as they get older? two separate ways that people look at change. McAdams calls this “differential change” and uses the example of your high school class. at a 10 year reunion, how would people stand compared to the other kids in terms of the Big 5 traits. Prof’s school was nerdy and un- athletic so even though it is not a representative sample they are low on E and low on N. Would the Prof still be the same?
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