Class Personality Psychology

  • Presentation


    This curricular unit intends to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the personality construct that enables them to recognize its importance in describing, explaining and understanding psychological functioning and predicting behavior.

  • Code


  • Syllabus


    1. Personality: basic concepts, definitions, levels and units of analysis

    2. Criteria for evaluating the Theories/Models of Personality

    3. Assessment/Research Methods in Personality Psychology
    4. The formation and development of personality:
         4.1. Biological and genetic factors 

         4.2. Environmental factors
    5. Theories of personality

         5.1. Trait perspective
         5.2. Psychoanalytic perspective
         5.3. Humanist perspective
         5.4. Behavior/Learning perspective                                                                                                                                             
         5.5. Cognitive perspective
         5.6. Psychobiological perspective
         5.7. Narrative and life history perspective
    6. The complexity of personality and the search for an integrative approach
    7. Integration of personality psychology into psychological practice and research

  • Objectives



    The CU has the following learning goals:

    Identify the different types of aspects that contribute to personality formation and development

    Critically compare the main theoretical models in personality psychology

    Apply the different theoretical models to analyze personality in study cases

    Recognize an up-to-date integrative perspective that addresses the full complexity of personality

    Contextualize the role of personality in different contexts and in relation with other psychological and social variables

    Demonstrate skills in integrating personality in the field of research

    Critically discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the different approaches to the study of personality


  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    In the theoretical classes, interrogative method in different moments is combined with presenting the contents, fostering an ongoing dialogue about the contents and their implications.  At the beginning of the classes, asking about the main aspect of the previous class fosters attention and recall. In the practical classes, application exercises, individually and in the small group format, as well as the analysis of small cases/situations considering the different theories and models fosters knowledge consolidation. When it is relevant, small illustration videos are used for visioning and discussion. Bibliographic review, scientific papers reading and group discussion is promoted to enhance an autonomous approach to personality variables in the broader scope of psychology.

  • References


    Cervone, D., & Pervin, L. A. (2015). Personality: Theory and research (13th ed.). John Wiley & Sons.

    Friedman, H. S., & Schustack, M. W. (2016). Personality: Classic theories and modern research (5th ed.). Allyn and Bacon.

    John, O. P., Robins, R. W., & Pervin, L. A. (2008). Handbook of personality: Theory and research. The Guilford Press.


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