The Psychology of Personality -- A Video Textbook
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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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Last updated 1/2013
Price: $75
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  • 6 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Describes how psychologists study 'personality'
  • Provides a framework for understanding major personality theories
  • Explains how personality theories relate to your behavior
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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.

Who 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 For This Course
43 Lectures
Personality in Perspective -- What it is and How it's Done
9 Lectures 01:58:36
What is it that personality psychologists do?  And what makes them think they can do it?!
Preview 05:27

Got a theory?  Want to test it?  Do an experiment.
Preview 12:40

Can't do an experiment?  Do a correlational study.
Correlational Research

Statistical Significance

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

Lump Together, Or Tease Apart

 What do the "Big Five" do?

The Big Five (or Whatever)

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

Factor Analysis (part 1)

 The second part of the factor analysis video.

Factor Analysis (part 2)

Factor Analysis Illustrated
Got 'Personality'? Not Everybody Thinks So
4 Lectures 25:26

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

Walter Mischel Complains

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


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

Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut But, Sometimes, Not So Much

 "What's good for the goose,...."

Back Atcha, Walter
So Many Choices -- Internal Psychological Dynamics (part 1)
9 Lectures 01:01:47

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

An Overview of Sigmund Freud's "Psychoanalysis"

We want things.

Too bad.

I Got Needs, and I Got Choices

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

Fear Is The Big Bugaboo

Resolving conflicts the wrong way, illustrated.

Irrational Behaviors Resolve Conflicts

Hiding from reality can't be good.

Fantasy is Nice (But it Isn't a Cheeseburger)

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.

Habits Fill the Emptiness Inside (part 1)

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

Habits Fill the Emptiness Inside (part 2)


Your Stuff'll Come Up Anyway

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

Sharpsteen's Motto
What? More Choices?! -- Internal Psychological Dynamics (part 2)
13 Lectures 01:11:48

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

Every Good Drama Involves Conflict

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

Motives And Instincts (as Jung Sees Them)

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

Making Decisions

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?).

Character (part 1)

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

Character (part 2)

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

Balance, Grasshopper

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


Why Is There Imbalance?

Uncomfortable? Get balanced.

Getting Balanced

Putting Carl Rogers' Self Theory into perspective.

Sigmund And The Other Carl

Three options.  So?

Three Selves



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

An Overview of Kelly's Personal Construct Theory

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

Personal Construct Theory
Recent Big Themes in Personality
8 Lectures 01:07:03

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

A Trait Is As Good As A Bunion To A Gene

It was a game show in the '50s.

The $64,000 Question

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

It Ain't Much. Or is it?

The conceptual basis for evolutionary psychology.


How Evolution Works

Evolutionary didn't happen this morning.

The Contexts Of Mating

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

Short, Long, Man, Woman

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


Attachment Theory

People differ in their attachment-related behaviors.


Attachment Styles
About the Instructor
Dr. Don J. Sharpsteen
3.4 Average rating
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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.