Lecture 19 - March 9th

Lecture 19 - March 9th - What can cause personality to...

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1 What can cause personality to change? Intro Personality March 9th, 2011 Lecture recording from Feb 28 th , about the circumplex is now available on Web-CT. Exam Review will Begin next Week. TA’s will post info on Web-CT. Recall that I will give Wed and Fri lectures. Dave Z will give Mon lectures 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. cumulative for lectures but NOT for reading (6,7,8,9,10,11 IS on exam) Exam review schedule will be announced next week. Thursday, April 7, 2011
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3 Questions: Why do some adults change in their level of Big 5 traits? there is evidence that there are normative positive changes from 20-40. Why are we changing? Why are some of us changing? is it inevitable that we will change? To what extent do we change in personality from childhood to adulthood? what was our personality as a child? Prof was a happy kid, lots of boys on street, played lots of sports, very outgoing. he thinks of himself as a very happy child until teenage. .. miserable adolescent. Thursday, April 7, 2011
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Normative Change Across Adulthood Meta-analysis of 92 studies; Normative Change in Big 5 Traits across the lifespan. brent Roberts is the best in the field. he highlighted the fact that there was normative change (he differentiates between absolute change or differential change). absolute change: whether you are going up or down on a scale. differential: whether your rank status relative to your peers are changing. two questions assessed in different ways. Conclusion: your rank order is remarkably stable across 5 traits across adulthood (.6,.7.8, ish). therefore if you were relatively E and 10 years later you will still be relatively E compared to classmates. Rank order, how you compare with peers, does not seem to change so much. the question of absolute change seems to have good evidence that the vast majority of us will be increasing in social dominance, increasing in C, increasing in A as we go from 20 - 40. Evidence that we will increase in emotional stability (opposite of N). Split E into: Social dominance; Social vitality; 4 Brent Roberts 2007 Thursday, April 7, 2011
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Costa and McRae “Hardened Plaster” would argue there is no change Roberts “Growth toward Maturity” Identification with important roles that exert maturation pressures. argues there is change and it is positive change. Roberts argues that it is during the 20’s because that is when we are taking on new roles which demand certain kinds of behavior that are more consistent with emotional stability, C, A. Expectations for N, E, A and C?
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