PSYC 251 Personality (Not offered 1998-99)

What makes us all unique? How do individuals develop singular personal styles that allow them to be themselves, and yet to also respond adaptively to the requirements of living in society? This course will examine a variety of theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding personality processes and individual differences, including psychodynamic (e.g., Freud, Jung), cognitive/phenomenological (e.g., Rogers, Kelly), trait (e.g., Allport), and life-span developmental approaches to personality. Contemporary research topics will include infant temperament, personality continuity and change, personality and culture, and trait-based approaches (e.g., the Five Factor model). Requirements: one hour exam, a short paper, and a final exam. Prerequisite: Psychology 101. Open to first-year students.