Ch 12: AP Psychology: Personality Development and Theories Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Personality Development and Theories chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the seminal psychological theories of personality development in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Personality Development and Theories chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Intro to Personality
Behavioral genetics
Freud's theory of personality structure
The construct of personality
Hereditary factors in personality development
Sigmund Freud's theory of the Id, Ego, and Superego
TuesdayFreudian defense mechanisms
Psychosexual development
Carl Jung's personality theory
Managing anxiety through defense mechanisms
Freud's stage theory of psychosexual development
Jung's collective unconscious, persona and archetypes
WednesdayThe social theory of Alfred Adler
Humanistic psychology
Outmoded methods of assessing personality
Adler's concept of the inferiority complex
Overview of discarded personality theories
Thursday Researching personality traits
Self-esteem
Nomothetic and idiographic approaches to personality research
The construct of self-esteem and empirical evidence on how it can be enhanced
FridaySelf-concept and self-understanding
Temperament
How humans perceive themselves
Temperament theories of Mary Rothbart and Jerome Kagan

13 Lessons in Chapter 12: AP Psychology: Personality Development and Theories Lesson Plans
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Intro to Personality

1. Intro to Personality

You put two people in the same situation and, odds are, they'll react in a range of different ways. Some people might even react in a completely unexpected or extreme way. Why is this? Read this lesson for insight into personality types and what makes people tick the way they do.

Types of Studies in Behavioral Genetics: Twin, Family & Adoption

2. Types of Studies in Behavioral Genetics: Twin, Family & Adoption

Are you destined to inherit your mother's penchant for collecting old postcards or your father's constant worry that something bad is about to happen? Find out with this lesson, which delves into the world of genetic and environmental behaviors and personality traits.

Freud's Theory of the Id, Ego & Superego: Definitions & Examples

3. Freud's Theory of the Id, Ego & Superego: Definitions & Examples

Do you know who or what is behind the metaphorical angel and devil sitting on your shoulders, debating whether you should get up for a jog or hit the snooze button again? This lesson examines this type of internal debate by addressing Freud's work on the different sides of our conscious and unconscious selves - the id, the ego, and the superego.

Freudian Defense Mechanisms: Definition, Levels & Examples

4. Freudian Defense Mechanisms: Definition, Levels & Examples

Do you think that defense mechanisms are what happen in the football field and coping mechanisms are what a team does when the quarterback is injured? Think again. These are just two of the list of Freud's terms used to categorize how we react to life's curve balls. Watch this lesson to get the whole picture.

Freud's Stages of Psychosexual Development

5. Freud's Stages of Psychosexual Development

Among Freud's most notorious theories is his theory of psychosexual development. This lesson discusses each of the stages and traces how he theorized that normal development leads to sexual maturity and how certain stages can develop awry.

Carl Jung's Theories: Personality, Psyche & Dreams

6. Carl Jung's Theories: Personality, Psyche & Dreams

In this lesson, we will be discussing Carl Jung's theories. Specifically, we will look at his theories on personality, dream analysis and the human psyche. At the end, you can test your knowledge with a short quiz.

Alfred Adler on Personality Development

7. Alfred Adler on Personality Development

Psychologists have different opinions about what shapes someone's personality. In this lesson, we'll explore the theories of Alfred Adler, including the effects of inferiority complex, parenting styles, and birth order on personality.

Humanistic Psychology & Carl Rogers' Theory of Personality

8. Humanistic Psychology & Carl Rogers' Theory of Personality

Do ever wonder about the origins of contemporary therapy practices? This lesson discusses the work of Carl Rogers and how Humanistic Psychology developed into a therapy style that helps us try to find and reach that best version of ourselves.

Historical Personality Assessment: Humorism, Phrenology & Physiognomy

9. Historical Personality Assessment: Humorism, Phrenology & Physiognomy

Freud wasn't the first person to try to figure out why people do the things they do. All throughout history, scientific and philosophical brainpower have been devoted to figuring out how we end up the way they do. Find out more about the history of the study of personality in this lesson.

Researching Personality Traits: Nomothetic and Idiographic Analysis

10. Researching Personality Traits: Nomothetic and Idiographic Analysis

Personality is what makes us unique. But how should we measure it? In this lesson, we'll examine the two major psychological approaches to personality - the nomothetic approach and the idiographic approach - and how they approach measurement.

What Is Self-Esteem? - Definition & How to Improve It

11. What Is Self-Esteem? - Definition & How to Improve It

Feeling confident about yourself is called self-esteem. During the end of the 20th century, a self-esteem movement was geared at making children feel good about themselves. But did it work? What really improves a person's self-esteem?

Self-Understanding & Self-Concept: How We Perceive Ourselves

12. Self-Understanding & Self-Concept: How We Perceive Ourselves

Answering the question 'Who am I?' can lead to a solid self-concept and self-understanding. Watch this lesson to find out more about the difference in these two things, as well as the factors that go into each of them.

Temperament: Definition & Theories

13. Temperament: Definition & Theories

Some personality traits are with us from birth. In this lesson, we'll examine what temperament is, what it can tell us about how a person is likely to turn out, and look at Jerome Kagan and Mary Rothbart's theories about infant temperament.

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