2PersonalityThe totality of behavioral characteristics that set people apart from others. (feelings, motives, behaviors)Various theories we will discuss: Trait,Psychoanalytic, Learning, Humanistic,Sociocultural
3The Trait ApproachA trait is an aspect of personality that is considered to be reasonably stable – consistent behaviorsExample: always shy or outgoing
4Gordon Allport sHe found 18,000 words in the dictionary that could describe personality.He assumed that traits could be inherited and are the building blocks of your personality.
5Raymond CattellUsing statistics and patterns, he believed we can predict people’s behavior in various situations.Surface traits – obvious traits(friendly, loud)Source traits – traits in a group that occurtogether
6He created a list of 16 source traits A questionnaire would be given and based on responses, one could predict how they would react in various situations.
7Cattell's 16 Personality Factors – Source traits Abstractednessimaginative versus practicalApprehensioninsecure versus complacentDominanceaggressive versus passiveEmotional Stabilitycalm and stable versus high-strung andLivelinessenthusiastic versus seriousOpenness to Changeliberal versus traditionalPerfectionismcompulsive and controlled versus indifferentPrivatenesspretentious versus unpretentiousReasoningabstract versus concreteRule Consciousnessmoralistic versus free-thinkingSelf-Relianceleader versus followerSensitivitysensitive versus tough-mindedSocial Boldnessuninhibited versus timidTensiondriven and tense versus relaxed and easy goingVigilancesuspicious versus acceptingWarmthopen and warmhearted versus aloof and critical
8A hypothetical personality profile using Cattell’s 16 personality factors
9Hans EysenckHe focused on the relationships between two personality dimensions1. Introvert – Extrovert = inward vs. active, self-expressive2. Emotional stability – instability = reliable, unpredictable
11The Big 5 = 1970’sMost human personality traits can be boiled down to five broad dimensions of personality.Thousands of people were asked hundreds of questions then analyzing the data with a statistical procedure known as factor analysis.The Big Five is now the most widely accepted and used model of personality
15Evaluation of Trait Approach It does not explain where traits come from.It describes traits but does not suggest how one can changeIt is useful in matching your personality with jobs, careers, educational fields, or possible marriage partners (ex. harmony or match.com)
17Social-Cognitive Perspective Bandura believes that personality is the result of an interaction that takes place between a person and his social context.Albert Bandura
1814.2 Psychoanalytic Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) - He believed that conscious ideas fill only a small part of the mind.- Many of people’s deepest thoughts, fears, and urges remain in the unconscious mind.-3 parts of the mind: Id Ego Superego
20Defense MechanismsFreud said D. M. were methods the “ego” uses to reduce anxiety by distorting our perceptions of reality.- Using defense mechanisms can be healthy as long as it does not become extreme.
21Repression Removal of painful thoughts from consciousness. Freud believed that repressing too much can explode at a later date.“Teakettle blowing it’s top”
22Rationalization Use of self-deception to justify unacceptable behavior Giving excuses!Ex. Cheating = “Everybody does it…”
23DisplacementTransfer of an idea or impulse from a threatening object to a less threatening object.Ex. Criticized by boss…yell at coworkerFight with bf/gf…yell at mom…punch the wall
24RegressionResponse to a threatening situation in a way appropriate to a younger ageEx. Temper tantrum
25Projection Unacceptable motives are transferred onto others Like a projector shooting an image onto a screenEx. Homophobes? Or aggressive people claiming others are aggressive.
26Reaction FormationActing opposite of true feelings in order to hide true feelingsEx. Being mean to someone you likeor sickening sweet to someone you hate
27Denial Refusing to accept reality Ex. Smoking won’t make me sick. Charlie Sheen…
28SublimationYou redirect feelings that could be damaging to you to a socially productive activity.Ex. Writing a poem about anger or aggressive…play football or boxing
29Psychosexual StagesFreud divided development of personality through five psychosexual stages.
30Neo-FreudiansJung believed in the collective unconscious which contained a common reservoir of images derived from our species’ past. That is why many cultures share certain myths and images such as the mother as a symbol of nurturance.
31Neo-FreudiansLike Freud, Alfred Adler believed in childhood tensions, however these tensions were social in nature and not sexual. A child struggles with the inferiority complex during growth and strives for superiority and power.**Birth order!
32Neo-FreudiansLike Adler, Horney believed in the social aspects of childhood growth and development. She countered Freud’s assumption that women have weak superegos and suffer “penis envy.”
33Assessing Unconscious Processes Evaluating personality from an unconscious mind perspective would require a psychological instrument (projective tests) that would reveal the hidden unconscious mind.
35Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) Developed by Henry Murray, TAT is a projective test in which people express their inner feelings and interests through the stories they make up about ambiguous scenes.
36Rorschach Inkblot Test The most widely used projective test with a set of 10 inkblots was designed by Hermann Rorschach. It seeks to identify people’s inner feelings by analyzing their interpretations of the blots.
3714.3 Learning ApproachPeoples behaviors are learned responses 2 Branches: A. Behaviorism – John Watson & BF Skinner believed outside influences mold us (society, parents, etc.) rewards, punishments B. Social Learning Theory – (more contemporary view) focuses on the importance of learning by observation but people can act intentionally to influence the environment.
3814.5 Sociocultural Approach 1. Ethnicity, gender, culture help form personality. individualism vs. collectivism 2. Sociocultural factors can affect sense of self. ex. People subjected to discrimination & poverty may have poorer self-concepts, low self esteem 3. Bicultural people have higher self esteem.