Lecture 28 - March 30th

Lecture 28 - March 30th - Introduction to Personality...

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Introduction to Personality March 30 2011 1 LECTURES: cumulative TEXTBOOK: not Thursday, April 7, 2011
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What are developmental goals and why are they important? 2 di erent types of control strategies.. important distinction developed in 1980s. primary control: actively trying to change environment so that it suites you better. secondary control: change how you think about things so that you can accept the world the way it is What is the di erence between primary and secondary control strategies? How can we optimize our success at developmental goals? 2 Thursday, April 7, 2011
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What developmental goals are relevant for this group of people? Clip from Big Bang Theory, Episode 2, Season 1 these 4 people have developmental tasks that they have to orient towards.. they gradually become aware that there are things that adults do that they have to start doing. (ex. relationships, etc). They all have career goals but they must have other goals or should... Meeting a partner maybe? But they are especially akward. Raj has selective mutism (cannot speak to female unless he is drinking). Leonard is shy but the most advanced of the group. Sheldon has a problem connecting with any human (assburgers). Howard who is E is very comfortable interacting but he does it in a creepy way... Those 3 need to find a way to be successful with woman. but Sheldon needs to learn how to have friends (he has never had friends before), Leonard tries to help him and teach him (ex. sarcasm) 3 Leonard is the most attuned of the 4 and he realizes that it is time for him to stop being a teen (but you cannot pursue all goals at the same time. Leonard has 24 000 comic books that he knows inside out and if he will re- orient himself to meeting girls he will have to spend less time with the comic books. Thursday, April 7, 2011
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4 We are not pons and passive recipients of what the world offers us, we actively shape our lives. We invent goals. When K was 20 it was clear to him that there were some developmental goals that he had not begun on and it was important for him to do that. he put thought into what types of steps he needed to take in order to pursue those goals.. Thursday, April 7, 2011
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Definition: “mental representations of desired outcomes of life course transitions and developmental processes” internalized developmental tasks... own thinking and awareness of tasks that you need to master at this time of your life (it changes depending on your age). Usually the developmental goals are intermediate in time focus (5-10 years). K decided to leave home and go to a University far away from home and wanted to change. to achieve what he wanted to do took time.
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