This subject examines the descriptive and causal aspects of personality and individual differences. It explores the major approaches to the study of personality and current research in personality. The subject considers how each theory answers such basic questions as the nature of human personality and motivation, the process of personality development, and the factors influencing the development of both normal and maladaptive forms of behaviour. Each theory is also evaluated in terms of some of the important theoretical issues in the study of personality.
School of Psychology
Not available to students in courses 1415PY or 1425PY who have completed PSY306.
- introduction to personality theory - personality research and assessment - trait theories of personality - psychodynamic theories of personality - humanistic theories of personality - behavioural and social learning theories of personality - current research in personality The subject may also cover some of the following topics: - Biological and evolutionary perspectives on personality - Cognitive processes and personality - Culture and personality - Personality disorders
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