Psychology 410: Theories of Personality

Dr. Linda L. Morrison 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to expose you to a variety of contrasting theories regarding the origin and nature of personality. These theories have served as the underpinning for both individual and group counseling, and chronologically they represent changes in psychology since the field's inception. Research supporting the various theoretical models will be examined, and students will be expected to fully participate in a seminar format.

PREREQUISITES: Introductory Psychology and Junior or Senior standing are the stated prerequisites for this course. In some cases, sophomore students have been allowed to register with permission from the instructor.

TEXTS: The book listed below is required reading for all students in this course. There is a study guide available at the bookstore, but this is an optional supplement to the major text. Lectures and discussions will assume that you have done the assigned readings prior to class. The three readings listed towards the end of the course are available on reserve in the library. These reflect non-Western notions of personality, including Hindu, Buddhist, and Islamic theories.

Feist, J. & Feist, G.J. (1998). Theories of personality. (4th ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill.


Date                            Topic                                                            Reading Assignment

F     Introduction & Course Overview                                              Ch 1 (text)

M    The counselor as a person and a professional                            Ch 2 (text)

F     World Views and Values                                                          Ch 2 (text)

M    Ethical Issues in Practice                                                           Ch 3 (text)

F     Ethical Issues in Practice (cont'd)

M     Theoretical Orientations Overview                                             Ch 1 (case)

F       Psychoanalytic Therapy                                                             Ch 4 (text)

M    Psychoanalytic Therapy (cont'd)                                                Ch 2 (case)

F     Adlerian Therapy                                                                       Ch 5 (text)

M    Adlerian Therapy (cont'd)                                                          Ch 3 (case)

F                                                  NO CLASS- LONG WEEKEND

M    Existential Therapy                                                          Ch 6 (text) & Ch 4 (case)

F                                                 MIDTERM EXAMINATION

M     Person-Centered Therapy                                                           Ch 7 (text)

F      Person-Centered Therapy (cont'd)                                               Ch 5 (case)

M   Gestalt Therapy                                                                           Ch 8 (text)

F    Gestalt Therapy SPRING BREAK-- YEE HAW!! FINAL EXAM: Exam VI Rdgs Ch 15-17

EVALUATION: For your benefit, your final grade will be based upon several different measures of performance in this course.

Exams: There will be six regular exams throughout the course. These exams will cover materials presented in class as well as any material assigned from the text and readings (handouts). The first five of these exams will have both objective and take home components. Your final exam (Exam VI) will have only objective questions and NOT require a take-home component. For all six exams, the objective component will consist of multiple choice questions based on the reading. The take home component of the first five regular exams will be a short paper comparing and contrasting the various theoretical models covered for that exam. We will be using a popular children's book with good character development as base material for your short papers. You will need to pick a character from the book and explain how each of the theorists covered would explain that character's personality. The take-home component is due immediately before your in-class objective exam, will not be accepted late for any reason, and must be typed double-spaced with reasonable margins. The six regular objective exams will be worth 50 points each for a total of 300 points, and the five (5) short papers are worth 10 points each for a total of 50 points. IMPORTANT!! Do not miss a scheduled exam!! Only in an extreme case (which you will be asked to document) will alternative arangements be made for a make up exam, and I must be notified of your absence PRIOR to the exam. Failure to adhere to this policy will result in no possibility of a make up and no credit.

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