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  1. Personality

  2. What is Personality? • A general pattern of your behavior, including traits (which characterize you), and modes of adjustment. • Traits Any psychological characteristic you have. Behavior patterns that are consistent & characteristic & descriptive of you. Your unique pattern of thoughts, feelings, & behavior that continues over time & across situations. Included are: perceptual dispositions, consistencies in reactions, values, abilities, motives, defenses, temperament, identity, personal style, thoughts, feelings, & environmental relationships. • Individual Differences A core concept in psychology

  3. Theories of Personality • Psychoanalytic Theory of Freud Basic Concepts: Psychic Determinism & the Unconscious The Structure of the Mind The Conscious, the Preconscious, and the Unconscious The Structure of Personality The Id, Ego, & Superego

  4. Id Ego Superego Id Ego Superego

  5. You've heard of the Freudian Slip ...

  6. The Ego Defenses • Repression The main ego defense. Acting as if an emotionally painful experience doesn’t exist. • Denial Refusing to perceive that an unpleasant thing doesn’t exist. • Displacement Taking out your feelings on those who had nothing to do with them. • Intellectualization Separating yourself from your emotions using formal, logical, intellectual means. • Identification Increasing your feelings of self-worth by identifying with (a) person(s) or institution of note. • Introjection “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.”

  7. The Ego Defenses • Projection Placing the blame for your difficulties, shortcomings, unethical desires or unacceptable impulses on to others. • Reaction Formation Hiding anxiety with the opposite emotion and exaggerating the opposite (e.g. love for hate; submission for aggression). • Rationalization Justifying your actions or feelings with socially acceptable explanations rather than acknowledging your true motives or desires. • Regression Retreating to an earlier developmental level with less mature response & usually a lower level of aspiration. • Sublimation Gratifying your frustrated desires in substituted socially acceptable activities.

  8. Stage Description Oral Stage Child lives & loves through its mouth. Taking Birth – 2 yrs. through the mouth is behavioral model for aquisitiveness. Holding on is behavioral model for refusal & pessimism. Fixation can lead to excessive smoking. Anal Stage Toilet training is important at this time. The 2 – 3 yrs. manner in which the child is toilet trained is the model for generosity. Child learns to “give” (feces) in order to receive something (approval). Anal Retentive & Anal Expulsive fixations. Phallic Stage Male child wishes to control mother & get rid 3 – 6 yrs. of father (rival). Discovers he has a “special organ.” Assumes all females were castrated. Oedipus complex in males, Electra complex in females. Identifies with the opposite-sex parent to control same-sex parent. Fixation leads to homosexuality. Stage Description Latency Repression of sexual feelings. Little interest is Stage expressed in the opposite sex. Prefers the 6 -12 yrs. Company of the same sex. Fixation can lead to celibacy. Hetero- The repressed feelings for the opposite sex sexual or emerge with the natural flow of the hormones. Genital The person seeks a mate of the opposite sex Stage with which to live. 12+ yrs. How Personality Develops

  9. Analytical Personality Theory • Carl Jung Personality develops through the drive for “mystical” or “religious” experience. • Layers of the Psyche The Conscious Mind/Ego The Personal Unconscious The Collective Unconscious

  10. What are Archetypes? • Primordial universal images inherited from the past (human, prehuman, & animal) that represent the common experience of all humans and are the foundation of the whole personality. • The most important archetypes are: anima, animus, shadow, & persona.

  11. Some Common Archetypes

  12. Polarities in Personality • Introversion One who is interested in the inner world of imagination, ideas, & emotions. Tends to be sensitive, idealistic, or defensive. • Extraversion One who lives according to external demands, Is oriented toward the objective world, is realistic & socially active.

  13. Alfred Adler We’re governed by the conscious need to express & fulfill ourselves as unique individuals Our basic problem isInsecurity orInferiority. Compensation for shortcomings Feelings of Inferiority can mislead you to emphasize your own self-interest instead of uniting with the interests of humanity & feeling part of humanity. Neurosis & psychosis develop by having insufficient social feelings toward others. Compensation Individual Psychology

  14. The Self A subjective system that makes experiences meaningful for you & seeks experiences that will fulfill your life-style. Creative Self The innate drive for self-realization, completion, & perfection. Life-style The individual characteristic way you learn to express your striving for superiority & pursue your goals. Neurosis A mistaken “life-style.” Personality The conscious compensation to over-come feelings of inferiority. Birth order The position you hold in your family due to your birth. Inferiority complex A general sense of inadequacy, weakness, and helplessness. Compensation Covering up parts of yourself that you consider unacceptable & substituting more desired traits, sometimes in exaggerated form. Important Concepts

  15. Karen Horney Focus was less on the sex drive and more on the role of social & cultural forces in the development of personality. Importance of early relationships The parent-child relationship is most important in personality development. Disturbances in relationships are the cause of psychological problems. Anxiety Stronger than libido. The need for basic security & your response to a real or imagined threat is more important than sex. Neurotic trends To deal with anxiety, adults adopt strategies for coping calledNeurotic Trends. Submission, aggression, or detachment The First Feminine Psychology

  16. Important Concepts • Basic Anxiety The deep-seated anxiety on children associated with feelings of being isolated & helpless in a potentially threatening world. • Basic Hostility Deep feelings of resentment children may have toward their parents. • Womb Envy The envy men may harbor toward women for their capacity to bear children.

  17. The Feminine Side Horney insisted that women want the same opportunities, the same rights & privileges that society grants to men. Women must be free to find their personal identities, develop their abilities, and pursue careers if they choose.

  18. Psychosocial Personality Theory • Erik Erikson Expanded Freud’s 5 stages into 8 life-long stages. Oral-Sensory Stage Trust vs. Mistrust Infant learns to trust or mistrust depending on the degree and regularity of Birth – 1 yr. care, love, & affection by caregivers. Muscular-Anal Stage Autonomy vs. Shame & Doubt Child learns to express their will & independence, exercise 1 – 3 yrs. some control, & make choices. If not will experience Shame & Doubt. Locomotor-Genital Stage Initiative vs. Guilt Assumes responsibilities, initiates activities, & Plan & undertake tasks. If 3 – 6 yrs not allowed to assume responsibilities feels stupid considered a nuisance, & may develop a sense of guilt. Latency Stage Industry vs. Inferiority Develops pride in accomplishments; if not encouraged or rebuffed may 6 – Puberty develop a sense of inferiority. Puberty & Adolescence Stage Identity vs. Identity Confusion Needs to belong; acquires a feeling of fidelity; good ego identity Adolescence important before choosing a mate. Young Adulthood Stage Intimacy vs. Isolation Develop a sense of sharing & caring and to commit to another person and 18 – Middle Age relationship; avoiding intimacy brings isolation. Adulthood Stage Generativity vs. Stagnation Must find a way to contribute to the development of the next Middle Age generation or become self-absorbed & emotionally impoverished. Maturity Stage Integrity vs. Despair Reviews life, if satisfied & feeling sense of accomplishment will experience Old Age ego integrity, if not may sink into despair.

  19. Humanistic Personality Theory • Carl Rogers Saw humans as innately good with positive strivings toward self-fulfillment. The emphasis is on free-will, self-awareness, & self-growth. We all have an innate urge toself-actualize. This urge shapes our development. We have the potential to become a fully-functioning person. Unconditional Positive Regard

  20. Important Concepts • Phenomenal field Your total experience • Self The portion of your personality consisting of the perceptions of “I” or “me.” • Phenomenal self Your self-image • Ideal self The kind of person you’d like to be. • True self Who you are with your “ego” stripped away & you’re free to be yourself. • Unconditional Positive Regard Complete & total acceptance of another

  21. A Hierarchy of Traits Gordon Allport Cardinal Traits – the more pervasive dimensions that define your general personality Central Traits – personality characteristics that have a widespread influence on your behavior across situations. Secondary Traits – specific traits that influence behavior in relatively few situations. Examples Committed to social justice Competitive, generous, independent, funny Preferences in music, clothes, etc. Traits Theories

  22. More Trait Theories • Mapping the Personality Raymond Cattell • 2 Basic Levels of Traits: Surface Traits – personality traits at the surface level that can be seen in behavioral observations. Source Traits – deep level traits that aren’t observed in behavior but must be inferred based on underlying relationships among surface traits.

  23. A Simpler Trait Theory • 3 Factors Hans Eysenick Introversion-extraversion – the tendency to be solitary & reserved or outgoing & sociable. Neuroticism – the tendency to be emotionally unstable & given to worry & anxiety. Psychoticism –the tendency to be perceived as cold & antisocial.

  24. The Five Factor Model Paul Costa, Jr. & Robert McCrae Organizes personality traits into opposing factors and describes differences in personality using five categories. These traits have been see in cultures as widely divergent as American, German, Portuguese, Hebrew, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. Factor Description of Traits  Extraversion vs. Sociable vs. Withdrawn Introversion Fun-loving vs. Sober Friendly vs. Aloof Adventurous vs. Cautious Neuroticism vs. Anxious vs. Relaxed Stability Insecure vs. Secure Emotional vs. Calm Self-pitying vs. Content Openness vs. Closed Original vs. Conventional To Experience Imaginative vs. Down-to-Earth Broad vs. Narrow Interests Open vs. Closed to New Ideas Agreeableness vs. Good-natured vs. Irritable Antagonism Soft-hearted vs. Ruthless Courteous vs. Rude Sympathetic vs. Tough-minded Conscientiousness vs. Well-organized vs. Disorderly Undirectedness Dependable vs. Undependable Hardworking vs. Lazy Ambitious vs. Easygoing The “Big Five”

  25. Cognitive Social-Learning View • Locus of Control Julian Rotter Expectancies – personal predictions about the outcomes of behavior. Expectancies produce effects on behavior. Subjective Value – the importance you place on desired outcomes. Locus of Control – whether your efforts can bring about desired outcomes. Locus of control determines if you feel your decisions, behaviors, etc. are controlled inside or outside of yourself. Self-efficacy – expecting that your efforts will be successful.

  26. Cognitive Social-Learning View • Reciprocal Determinism & Expectancies Albert Bandura Reciprocal Determinism – cognitions, behaviors, & environmental factors influence each other. Outcome Expectancies – Personal predictions about the outcomes of your behavior.

  27. Assessing Personality