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Chapter 12 Personality. Chapter Preview. Psychodynamic Perspectives Humanistic Perspectives Trait Perspectives Personological and Life Story Perspectives Social Cognitive Perspectives Biological Perspectives Personality Assessment Personality and Health and Wellness. Personality.

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Chapter 12

Personality

chapter preview
Chapter Preview

Psychodynamic Perspectives

Humanistic Perspectives

Trait Perspectives

Personological and Life Story Perspectives

Social Cognitive Perspectives

Biological Perspectives

Personality Assessment

Personality and Health and Wellness

personality
Personality

…a pattern of enduring distinctive thoughts,

emotions, and behaviors that characterize the

way an individual adapts to the world

psychodynamic perspectives
Psychodynamic Perspectives

personality is primarily unconscious

understanding personality involves exploring the symbolic meanings of behavior and the unconscious mind

early childhood experiences sculpt the individual’s personality

freud s psychoanalytic theory
Freud’s Psychoanalytic Theory

Freud and Psychoanalysis

  • sex drive – main determinant of personality development

Hysteria

  • physical symptoms without physical cause
  • overdetermined – multiple unconscious causes

Iceberg Analogy of Human Personality

personality structure
Personality Structure

Id

  • instincts and reservoir of psychic energy
  • pleasure principle

Ego

  • deals with the demands of reality
  • reality principle

Superego

  • moral branch of personality; “conscience”
defense mechanisms
Defense Mechanisms
  • conflict between the id, ego, and superego results in anxiety
  • defense mechanisms reduce anxiety by unconsciously distorting reality – not necessarily unhealthy
  • repression
    • foundation for all defense mechanisms
    • push unacceptable impulses out of awareness
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Defense Mechanisms

repression

rationalization

displacement

sublimation

projection

reaction formation

denial

regression

psychosexual stages
Psychosexual Stages

Oral Stage: 0-18 Months

  • infant’s pleasure centers on the mouth

Anal Stage: 18-36 Months

  • child’s pleasure involves eliminative functions

Phallic Stage: 3-6 Years

  • child’s pleasure focuses on the genitals
  • Oedipal complex
  • castration anxiety
phallic stage
Phallic Stage
  • Pleasure focuses on genitals
    • discovery that self-stimulation is enjoyable
  • Oedipus Complex
    • boy’s intense desire to replace father and enjoy affections of mother
    • castration Anxiety
      • boy’s intense fear of being mutilated by father
    • identifying with father and adopting male gender role to reduce conflict, as foundation for superego
      • without experience of castration anxiety, girls cannot develop superego like boys
psychosexual stages cont d
Psychosexual Stages (cont’d)

Latency Stage: 6 Years - Puberty

  • psychic “time-out”
  • interest in sexuality is repressed

Genital Stage: Adolescence and Adulthood

  • sexual reawakening
  • source of sexual pleasure is someone else

Fixation - remain locked in particular developmental

stage (e.g., anal retentive)

dissenters and revisionists
Dissenters and Revisionists

sexuality – not pervasive force behind personality

early experience –not as powerful as Freud thought

importance of conscious thought

sociocultural influences

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Dissenters and Revisionists

Horney’s Sociocultural Approach

  • both sexes envy the attributes of the other
  • need for security, not sex, is primary motivator

Jung’s Analytical Theory

  • collective unconscious and archetypes

Adler’s Individual Psychology

  • perfection, not pleasure, is key motivator
evaluating psychodynamic theory
Evaluating Psychodynamic Theory

Criticisms

  • too much emphasis on early experiences
  • too much faith in unconscious mind’s control
  • too much emphasis on sexual instincts
  • theory can not be tested

Contributions

  • importance of childhood experiences
  • development proceeds in stages
  • role of unconscious processes
humanistic perspectives
Humanistic Perspectives

…emphasis on a person’s capacity for

personal growth and positive human

qualities

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Humanistic Perspectives

Abraham Maslow

  • third force psychology
  • self-actualization
  • peak experiences
  • biased since focus was on highly successful individuals
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Humanistic Perspectives

Carl Rogers

  • personal growth and self-determination
  • unconditional positive regard

- conditions of worth

- self-concept

  • empathy
  • genuineness
evaluating humanistic perspectives
Evaluating Humanistic Perspectives

Contributions

  • self-perception is key to personality
  • consider the positive aspects of human nature
  • emphasize conscious experience

Criticisms

  • too optimistic about human nature
  • promotes self-love and narcissism
trait perspectives
Trait Perspectives

Trait

  • an enduring disposition that leads to characteristic responses
  • traits are the building blocks of personality

Trait Theories

  • people can be described by their typical behavior
  • strong versus weak tendencies
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Trait Perspectives

Gordon Allport

  • personality understood through traits
  • behavior consistent across situations
  • lexical approach  4500 traits

W. T. Norman

  • five factor model
  • broad traits – main dimensions of personality
evaluating trait perspectives
Evaluating Trait Perspectives

Contributions

  • traits influence health, cognitions, career success, and interpersonal relations

Criticisms

  • ignores the role of the situation in behavior
  • ignores nuances of an individual’s personality
personological perspectives
Personological Perspectives

…focusing on an individual’s

life history or life story

Henry Murray

  • personology: the study of the whole person
  • motives are largely unconscious
  • thematic apperception test (TAT)

- need for achievement, affiliation, and power

life story approach
Life Story Approach

Dan McAdams

  • our life story is our identity
  • intimacy motivation

Psychobiography

  • applying personality theory to one person’s life
evaluating life story approach
Evaluating Life Story Approach

Contributions

  • rich record of an individual’s experience

Criticisms

  • difficult and time-consuming

- extensive coding and content analysis

  • prone to bias
  • not easily generalized
social cognitive perspectives
Social Cognitive Perspectives
  • emphasize conscious awareness, beliefs, expectations, and goals
  • incorporates principles from behaviorism when exploring:

- reasoning

- beliefs

- self reflection

- interpretation of situation

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Social Cognitive Perspectives

Albert Bandura

  • reciprocal determinism

- behavior, environment, and cognitive

factors interact to create personality

Key Processes and Variables

  • observational learning
  • personal control
  • self-efficacy
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Social Cognitive Perspectives

Walter Mischel

Situationalism

- behavior and personality vary considerably across context

CAPS Model of Personality

- stability over time rather than across situations

- interconnections among cognitions and emotions affect our behavior

evaluating social cognitive theory
Evaluating Social Cognitive Theory

Contributions

  • focuses on interactions of individuals with their environments
  • suggests people can control their environment

Criticisms

  • too concerned with change and the situation
  • ignores the role of biology
  • very specific predictions hinder generalization
biological perspectives
Biological Perspectives

Personality and the Brain

  • brain damage alters personality
  • brain responses correlate with personality

Eysenk’s Reticular Activation System Theory

  • extraverts and introverts have different base-line levels of arousal

Gray’s Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory

  • behavioral activation system and behavioral inhibition system
eysenck s ras theory
Eysenck’s RAS Theory
  • Reticular Activating System (RAS)
    • Located in brain stem
    • Plays role in wakefulness or arousal
  • Eysenck’s Theory
    • All share optimal arousal level
    • RAS of extraverts and introverts may differ in baseline levels of arousal, with behaviors aimed at regulating arousal around these baselines
    • But introverts may just be more sensitive to stimuli
gray s reinforcement sensitivity
Gray’s Reinforcement Sensitivity
  • Behavioral approach system (BAS) and behavioral inhibition system (BIS) underlie personality
  • Differences in sensitivity to rewards and punishers
    • BAS
      • Sensitive to rewards
      • Predisposition to positive emotion
      • Underlies extraversion
    • BIS
      • Sensitive to punishers
      • Predisposition to fear
      • Underlies neuroticism
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Biological Perspectives

Role of Neurotransmitters

  • growth of dopamine receptors stimulated by warm care-givers
  • disposes person to reward-sensitivity (extraversion)
  • less serotonin in circulation leads to negative mood (neuroticism)
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Biological Perspectives

Behavioral Genetics

  • twin studies reveal substantial genetic influence on Big Five traits
  • most traits influenced by multiple genes

Evaluating the Biological Perspective

  • ties personality to animal learning, brain imaging, and evolutionary theory
  • criticisms (e.g., biology may be the effect, not the cause, of personality)
personality assessment
Personality Assessment

Self-Report Tests

  • beware social desirability
  • empirically-keyed tests used to get around social desirability problem

- test takers do not know what is being measured

- test items not related to purpose of test

- MMPI is an example

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Personality Assessment

Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory

  • 567 items
  • controls for social desirability
  • assesses mental health and used to make hiring decisions and to determine criminal risk

Neuroticism Extraversion Openness

Personality Inventory-Revised

  • assesses the big five factors and 6 subdimensions
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Personality Assessment

Myers Briggs Type Indicator

  • four dimensions used to make personnel decisions:

- extraversion-introversion

- sensing-intuiting

- thinking-feeling

- judgment-perception

  • not empirically supported
  • Barnum effect
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Personality Assessment

Projective Tests

…psychodynamic approach

…project own meaning on ambiguous stimuli

Rorschach inkblot test

  • personality score based on description of inkblots
  • questionable reliability and validity

Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)

  • series of ambiguous pictures viewed one at a time
  • elicited stories reveal an individual’s personality
other assessment methods
Other Assessment Methods

direct behavioral observation

cognitive assessment of attention and memory

peer ratings

psychophysiological measures (e.g., polygraph)

brain imaging

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