Rubye Elizabeth Thomas
Examination of a specific topic in order to provide a deeper understanding of a particular aspect of psychology. Topics may include the history of psychology; human memory; dreaming; cognitive psychology.
What do we know when we know a person? This is the question we will engage in this introduction to personality psychology, the scientific study of psychological individuality. We will examine an account of the individual person that begins with human nature and social context, then moves across three levels of personality: 1) basic traits, 2) motives, goals, schemas, and tasks, and 3) broad and culturally shaped life stories that provide identity, purpose, and meaning. We will integrate classical personality theories and contemporary research in the field.
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Teaching methods include lecture, class discussion involving all participants, and small group exercises.
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