The study of personality occupies a rather special place in psychology. Personality theories try to propose general perspectives to explain what we are as human beings. We will examine the development of personality theories during this century, starting with Freud, whose psychoanalytic theory forms a reference point for most later theories. We will study the development of the American perspectives of behaviorism, humanism, and psychological testing, with particular emphasis on their origins in European philosophy and psychology. In an effort to sensitize ourselves to human variation, we will attempt to observe and explain differences and commonalities between people within and between cultures.
Pre-req: PSY 205, PSY 209, or equivalent introductory psychology course
Semesters: Fall, Spring