Lecture 31 - April 6th

Lecture 31 - April 6th - 1 Identity as a Life Story...

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Unformatted text preview: 1 Identity as a Life Story Introduction to Personality April 6, 2011 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. Thursday, April 7, 2011 Questions of the day What do we learn about a person from the stories they tell? How do we know another person and get to know them? McAdams made the case: we do not know them by their traits. if we describe a friend to another friend we dont list their Big 5... that does not make them unique. 2nd level of personality: motivations, strivings, developmental issues, gives you contours of persons personality. the way we really get to know a person is by listening to the stories they tell us. we dont think of ourselves as story tellers but most of our interactions involve stories. What are the most important features of life stories? only look at adjustment and well-being. some reliable associations with features of the story and life outcomes Can we use life stories to predict important outcomes? 2 We can learn a lot about people by the stories they tell and you can learn a lot about yourself also. McAdams model: take the same criteria that you would evaluate a novel or film and apply that to a life story that you are constructing. can we use life- stories to predict important outcomes? does it make a difference if your stories are rich and complex? Questions of the day What do we learn about a person from the stories they tell? How do we know another person and get to know them? McAdams made the case: we do not know them by their traits. if we describe a friend to another friend we dont list their Big 5... that does not make them unique. 2nd level of personality: motivations, strivings, developmental issues, gives you contours of persons personality. the way we really get to know a person is by listening to the stories they tell us. we dont think of ourselves as story tellers but most of our interactions involve stories. What are the most important features of life stories? only look at adjustment and well-being. some reliable associations with features of the story and life outcomes Can we use life stories to predict important outcomes? 2 We can learn a lot about people by the stories they tell and you can learn a lot about yourself also. McAdams model: take the same criteria that you would evaluate a novel or film and apply that to a life story that you are constructing. can we use life- stories to predict important outcomes? does it make a difference if your stories are rich and complex? Thursday, April 7, 2011 The Three Levels of Personality Traits need Big 5 traits and characteristic adaptions AND we need life narratives......
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Lecture 31 - April 6th - 1 Identity as a Life Story...

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