Life Span Development and Personality

Freud and unconscious conflict, Pavlov and learning, Darwin and natural selection; all of these great men of science developed theories to explain the world around us and within us. They did not, however, develop these theories outside the context of their surroundings, their upbringing, or their own personalities. President-elect Barack Obama will soon become the... Continue Reading →

Mendel on Patterns of Inheritance

How did Mendel’s approach to answering scientific questions differ from that of his contemporaries? Well, there were many differences between Mendel and his contemporaries. For instance, he applied mathematics to plant breeding, which no one else had done. By doing this he was able to accurately track gene inheritance, even recessive gene inheritance, through many... Continue Reading →

The Determination of Gender Identity

The great science fiction writer, Robert Heinlein (1961), once wrote, “Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea” (p. 2). The sexual revolution of the past few generations, epitomized in this quote, has come to define the question of gender identity in my... Continue Reading →

History of Modern Personality Psychology

Directions: Using the matrix, list at least five events or major concepts from each of the three periods in the history of modern personality psychology. 1930 - 1950 †Up until the 1930s American psychology was considered nomothetic because it only tested general principals and laws of behavior. On the other hand, personality theorists pointed to... Continue Reading →

A Negative Self-Schema and Social Interactions

Post your response to the following: Explain how having a negative self-schema affects one’s social interactions. Well, from what I understand, self-schemas help fill in missing information and simplify incoming data. I would be particularly worried about a negative self-schema when it comes to filling in data. With a negative self-schema, someone might see something... Continue Reading →

How Do Traits Change Over Time?

Post your response to the following: How do traits change over time? Well, I can give a specific example of how traits might change over time. Say a person is brought up by parents who ascribe to the anxious attachment style. Let's also say that this young person develops neurotic tendencies as a child and... Continue Reading →

Skills Assessment Activity

Throughout your textbook, you will find an assortment of interesting “tests” that sample a broad range of skills, abilities, and traits. Although these exercises allow a glimpse at aspects of personality, the results must be interpreted with caution. For this assignment, complete the self-assessment, “Will You Be a Hit or a Miss? The Expectancy for... Continue Reading →

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