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1 Myers’ EXPLORING PSYCHOLOGY (5th Ed) Chapter 12 Personality

2 What is Personality?  Characteristics of behavior  Four basic perspectives: psychoanalytic humanistic trait social-cognitive

3 The Psychoanalytic Perspective Freud’s theory Personality influenced by:  childhood sexuality  unconscious motivations

4 The Psychoanalytic Perspective Unconscious  Freud: Mostly unacceptable thoughts & wishes OR  Now (non-Freudian): information processing of which we are unaware Preconscious  info that is not conscious but is retrievable into conscious awareness

5 Personality Structure (Freud)

6 Personality Structure Id  Location: unconscious  Role: to satisfy basic sexual and aggressive drives.  Motto: “Pleasure Principle”

7 Personality Structure Ego  Location: conscious  Role: “executive”; Mediates id & superego  Motto: “Reality Principle”

8 Personality Structure Superego  Location: spans unconscious & conscious  Role: our ideals, conscience, judgment, guilt  Motto: “Perfection”

9 Personality Structure Freud’s idea of the mind’s structure Id Superego EgoConscious mind Unconscious mind

10 Psychosexual Stages (Freud)

11 Personality Development Identification  Children incorporate their parents’ values into their developing superegos. Fixation: Arrested Development  (see previous slide)

12 Defense Mechanisms Protect the Ego Operate Unconsciously Distort Reality

13 Defense Mechanisms Repression  anxiety-arousing thoughts, feelings, and memories are kept out of consciousness Reaction Formation  unconscious switching of unacceptable impulses into their opposites

14 Defense Mechanisms Projection  their own threatening impulses are attributed to others Rationalization  self-justifying explanations in place of the real reasons

15 Defense Mechanisms Displacement  aggressive impulses directed toward a more acceptable or less threatening object or person Regression  Reverting to older more immature behavior to express feelings

16 Assessing the Unconscious Projective Test  Rorschach or TAT, that provides ambiguous stimuli designed to trigger projection  Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)

17 Assessing the Unconscious--TAT

18 Assessing the Unconscious Rorschach Inkblot Test  Projective test.  a set of 10 inkblots designed by Hermann Rorschach

19 Assessing the Unconscious--Rorschach

20 The Trait Perspective Trait  a characteristic pattern of behavior  A pre-disposition to feel and act  assessed by self-report inventories and peer reports Personality Inventory  used to assess selected personality traits

21 The Trait Perspective The “Big Five” Personality Factors Trait Dimension Description Emotional Stability Calm versus anxious Secure versus insecure Self-satisfied versus self-pitying Extraversion Sociable versus retiring Fun-loving versus sober Affectionate versus reserved Openness Imaginative versus practical Preference for variety versus preference for routine Independent versus conforming Agreeableness Soft-hearted versus ruthless Trusting versus suspicious Helpful versus uncooperative Conscientiousness Organized versus disorganized Careful versus careless Disciplined versus impulsive

22 The Trait Perspective “Big Five” Personality Test online: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)  the most widely researched and clinically used of all personality tests

23 Humanistic Perspective Abraham Maslow ( ) Self-Actualization  the motivation to fulfill one’s potential

24 Humanistic Perspective Carl Rogers ( ) focused on growth and fulfillment of individuals. Self-Concept  all our thoughts and feelings about ourselves, in an answer to the question “Who am I?”

25 Humanistic Perspective Carl Rogers Unconditional Positive Regard  Ideal vs. Real self  an attitude of total acceptance toward another person

26 Humanistic Perspective Individualism Collectivism

27 Humanistic Perspective Morality Defined by individuals Defined by social networks (self-based) (duty-based) Attributing Behavior reflects one’s personality Behavior reflects social behaviors and attitudes and roles Value Contrasts Between Individualism and Collectivism Concept Individualism Collectivism Self Independent Interdependent (identity from individual traits) (identity from belonging) Life task Discover and express one’s Maintain connections, fit in uniqueness What matters Me--personal achievement and We--group goals and solidarity; fulfillment; rights and liberties social responsibilities and relationships Coping method Change reality Accommodate to reality Relationships Many, often temporary or casual; Few, close and enduring; confrontation acceptable harmony valued

28 Social-Cognitive Perspective Personal Control External Locus of Control  chance or outside forces beyond one’s personal control determine one’s fate Internal Locus of Control  one controls one’s own fate

29 Social-Cognitive Perspective Learned Helplessness (Seligman)  hopelessness and resignation  occurs when we are unable to avoid or control repeated negative events

30 Social-Cognitive Perspective- Learned Helplessness Learned Helplessness Uncontrollable bad events Perceived lack of control Generalized helpless behavior

31 Social-Cognitive Perspective Positive Psychology  Martin Seligman  the scientific study of optimal human functioning 

32 Personality- Summary The Four Perspectives on Personality Perspective Behavior Springs From Assessment Techniques Evaluation Psychoanalytic Unconscious conflicts Projective tests aimed at A speculative, hard-to-test between pleasure-seeking revealing unconscious theory with enormous cul- impulses and social restraints motivations tural impact Trait Expressing biologically (a)Personality inventories A descriptive approach crit- influenced dispositions, such that assess the strengths icized as sometimes under- as extraversion or introversion of different traits estimating the variability (b)Peer ratings of behavior of behavior from situation patterns to situation Humanistic Processing conscious feelings (a)Questionnaire A humane theory that about oneself in the light of assessments reinvigorated contemporary one’s experiences (b)Empathic interviews interest in the self; criticized as subjective and sometimes naively self-centered and optimistic Social-cognitive Reciprocal influences between (a)Questionnaire assessments Art interactive theory that in- people and their situation, of people’s feelings of control tegrates research on learning, colored by perceptions of (b) Observations of people’s cognition, and social behavior, control behavior in particular criticized as underestimating situations the importance of emotions and enduring traits


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