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Using the matrix, list at least five events or major concepts from each of the three periods in the history
of modern personality psychology
1930 - 1950
1950 - 1970
1970 - Present
American Psychologist formulated
concepts by studying the very basic
molecular elements of organism
Personality studied the problems of
human motivation, such as urges
and internal prompting.
American Psychology was
Nomothetic. It looked for
discoveries and tested the
principles and laws of behavior.
Personality studied how people
were different and how they were
Personality psychologist proposed
comprehensive conceptual systems
to help understand people.
Mischel argued against ideas based
on internal personality traits and in
favor of situational, cognitive, or
learning determinants of behavior.
Psychology departments grew and
became more specialized, spawning
professional specializations in such
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