PSY 3350


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. Understand how researchers study personality and explain major concepts within this field.
  2. Describe and evaluate the psychoanalytic approach.
  3. Define and 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. Describe and explain Horney’s position on feminine psychology and the origin of neurosis, and differentiate Freud’s and Horney’s theories.
  6. Describe and 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. Understand the role of motivation in shaping personality as proposed by Allport.
  9. Define the trait approach to personality and explain the ideas of Cattell and Eysenck.
  10. Explain how our needs shape our personality according to Maslow.
  11. Describe and explain Skinner’s research concerning human behavior and compare and contrast reinforcement and punishment.
  12. Discuss Kelly’s personal construct theory.
  13. Describe cognitive psychology and explain how it contributed to the study of personality
  14. Explain how our personality can be shaped through modeling according to Bandura.


  1. PSY 1010


Personality theories workbook (Rev: 5)

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

Theories of personality (Rev: 9)

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

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