PSYSC 317

Personality

Lecture Outlines - Fall 2013


Meeting 1 (August 19): Distributed and discussed syllabus and course mechanics. Also, distributed course identification numbers to be used for taking personality tests. Make sure to get a number if you missed this day.

Meeting 2 (August 21): Introductory lecture - What is personality and how is it studied?

I. Defining personality

II. Levels of analysis

III. Current Issues in personality

    A. Grand theories vs. contemporary research

    B. What are the most appropriate units of personality?

    C. How should personality be studied?

         Nomothetic vs. Idiographic

    D. Does personality in terms of consistency exist?

IV. Domains of knowledge

V. Methodology in personality

Meeting 3 (August 23): Introduction to Freud and Psychoanalytic Theory

I.  Structure of psyche

    A. Topological Model

         Conscious

         Preconscious

         Unconscious

     B. Structural Model

          Id

         Ego

         Superego

Meeting 4 (August  26) Freud continued and take TMAS/MCSD

II. Psychodynamics

    A. Conflict model

     B. Defense Mechanisms

           Repression

           Denial

Meeting 5 (Aug. 28) Freud (Psychodynamics - Defenses continued; in-class experiment)

       Defenses (continued

           Perceptual defense

           Projection

           Reaction Formation

           Isolation/Intellectualization

           Displacement

           Sublimation

In-class experiment and MCSD/TMAS scores returned

Meeting 6 (August 30) Individual differences in defenses

I. Repressors vs Sensitizors

   A. Measurement

        RS scale

       Current practice using TMAS and MCSD

   B. Validity of construct

        Reports of anxiety

        Physiological indices

        Memory

        Health implications

Meeting 7 (Sept. 4) Research on unconscious

I. Demonstrating existence of unconscious material

   A. Hypermensia

   B. Dissociation

        Hypnosis

         Implicit vs. Explicit Memory

Meeting 8 (Sept. 6) Research on unconscious continued

I. Demonstrating existence of unconscious processing

   A. Priming

        1. Semantic  (Not covered)

        2. Social

    B. Affective Reactions

    C. Unconscious Thought

Meeting 9 (Sept. 9) Finish research on unconscious; take WFO

I.  Terror Management Theory

II. Take WFOQ

Meeting 10 (Sept. 11) Motives

Traits (style) vs Motives (drives)

    Basic concepts

    Individual differences

Murray's Theory of Needs

    TAT

    Big 3 Motives

        Achievement

Power motive

Intimacy motive