PSY 3350: Theories of Personality


Personality psychology is the study of stable individual differences between people and how these differences account for patterns of thought, emotion and behavior. The goal of this course is to familiarize students with theories and research in personality psychology. Several major approaches to the study of personality will be covered.


  1. Explain how researchers study personality and the major concepts within this field.
  2. Evaluate the psychoanalytic approach.
  3. Evaluate the origins and main concepts of neopsychoanalytic approach.
  4. Describe Adler’s idea of the psychological sense of inferiority and how it relates to the development of personality.
  5. Explain Freud’s and Horney’s theories, including Horney’s position on feminine psychology and the origin of neurosis.
  6. Evaluate Murray's Personology theory.
  7. Identify Erikson’s eight stages of human development and explain how they are related to the development of personality.
  8. Summarize the role of motivation in shaping personality as proposed by Allport.
  9. Explain the ideas of Cattell and Eysenck and the trait approach to personality.
  10. Explain how our needs shape our personality according to Maslow.
  11. Explain Skinner’s research concerning human behavior; and compare and reinforcement and punishment.
  12. Discuss Kelly’s personal construct theory.
  13. Explain cognitive psychology and explain how it contributed to the study of personality.


  1. PSY 1010


Theories of personality (Rev: 9)

Publisher: Wadsworth (2009)
Author: Schultz, D. P., & Schultz, S. E.
ISBN: 9780495506256
Price: $243.02

Personality theories workbook (Rev: 5)

Publisher: Wadsworth (2012)
Author: Ashcraft, D. M.
ISBN: 9781111524913
Price: $54.61

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