The Psychology of Personality -- A Video Textbook

Major theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding personality--why people make the choices they make
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  • Contents Video: 6 hours
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Published 9/2012 English

Course Description

Personality is your relatively unique and consistent expressions of behavioral characteristics. Where do those patterns of behavior come from? What makes yours different from everyone else's? And is it even possible that your behavior isn't as consistent as you might like to think?

The videos for this course are the ideal study tool for AP Psychology courses, CLEP Psychology test preparation, and any college-level Personality Psychology course. They explore some of the key issues in the study of Psychology of Personality, and describe several major theoretical frameworks for Understanding Yourself, what it is inside you that organizes your behavior into a stable, distinct personality.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Describes how psychologists study 'personality'
  • Provides a framework for understanding major personality theories
  • Explains how personality theories relate to your behavior

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone taking (or preparing to take) courses in Introductory Psychology, Personality, Motivation, and related topics
  • Anyone interested in knowing more about what drives human behavior

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Curriculum

Section 1: Personality in Perspective -- What it is and How it's Done
05:27
What is it that personality psychologists do?  And what makes them think they can do it?!
12:40
Got a theory?  Want to test it?  Do an experiment.
12:47
Can't do an experiment?  Do a correlational study.
Statistical Significance
20:07
11:01

 What's the best way to characterize "personality"?

04:20

 What do the "Big Five" do?

12:57

 Part 1 of a two-part video explaining how a statistical procedure called "factor analysis" can help identify basic traits.

05:30

 The second part of the factor analysis video.

Factor Analysis Illustrated
33:47
Section 2: Got 'Personality'? Not Everybody Thinks So
06:45

 Apparently, not everyone is a big fan of this personality concept.

06:56

 Measuring behavior a bunch of times is better than measuring it once.

08:56

 When being consistent is important to you, you'll be consistent.

02:49

 "What's good for the goose,...."

Section 3: So Many Choices -- Internal Psychological Dynamics (part 1)
08:55

Dozens (at least!) of Freudian ideas have become part of everyday conversations and our shared understanding of what people are like.

10:40

We want things.

Too bad.

06:24

There's so much to be afraid of.  And pardon me for ending a sentence in a preposition.

03:48

Resolving conflicts the wrong way, illustrated.

08:25

Hiding from reality can't be good.

10:55

Unsatisfied needs lead to unsatisfying substitutes. And that leads to habits. Here, in Part 1, oral and anal habits are covered.  Yeah, you read that right.

06:44

The second part of the "Habits" video covers genital habits.  Yeah, you read that right, too.

02:52

Too...much...pressure.

03:04

Why be thoughtful?  Why be flexible?  And what is "good mental health"?

Section 4: What? More Choices?! -- Internal Psychological Dynamics (part 2)
03:03

Carl Jung said that life is "a complex of opposites."  What does that mean, and what would it have to do with your behavior?

04:47

Instincts prod you into developing opposing aspects of your...self. And that means you face some choices. How so?
 

06:47

Figuring out what to do involves making three separate choices. The choices you make reflect your "psychetype."  So, what's yours?

06:37

The 'psyche' is a busy place. In this video, the four components of your self are introduced, and your collective unconscious is discussed (or is it "our" collective unconscious?).

05:01

The second part of the "Character" video.  This time, ego, persona, and shadow.

04:17

What's 'balance', anyway? And what would be so bad about not achieving it? What's so good about having it?

04:48
Balance is supposed to be a pretty natural thing. So why aren't we all in balance?

 

05:58

Uncomfortable? Get balanced.

05:39

Putting Carl Rogers' Self Theory into perspective.

03:53

Three options.  So?

05:10

Potatoes.

02:57

A quick look at the general idea behind George Kelly's theory.

12:51

A concise presentation of Kelly's theory. Any questions?

Section 5: Recent Big Themes in Personality
05:00

It's kind of simple:  Genes don't build traits.

03:56

It was a game show in the '50s.

05:59

Differences. It's just about differences.  That's not nothing, but it might not be what most people would want it to be.

04:30
The conceptual basis for evolutionary psychology.

 

12:34

Evolutionary didn't happen this morning.

14:16

Well,...this'll explain a lot.

09:30
Over the past couple of decades, there's been more research on attachment than...anything else in personality psychology.

 

11:18
People differ in their attachment-related behaviors.

 

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Instructor Biography

Dr. Don J. Sharpsteen, Psychology professor, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Dr. Sharpsteen has been a professor of psychology for nearly 30 years, specializing in topics related to social psychology and personality. He's the author of REA's CLEP Introductory Psychology, a test preparation guide for introductory/general psychology courses.

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