Ch 22: Personality Psychology and the Self

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Explore the history of personality theory and the idea of the self by watching our one-of-a-kind video lessons. Use the self-check assessments to keep track and see how much you've learned at the end of each lesson.

Personality Psychology and the Self - Chapter Summary

Our highly qualified instructors will guide you through the historical development of personality theory. This chapter will cover major innovators in the field, including Mead, Freud, Adler and others and their key contributions to the perception of self that are still relevant in modern psychology. You will also see more contemporary advancements in personality theory and self-awareness.

By the end of this chapter, you will have learned about:

  • Mead's 'Me' and 'I' conceptions of the self
  • Adler's tracing of personality development
  • Freud's psychoanalytic perspective of instinct and motivation
  • Gender and cultural differences in the executive and organizational functions of the self
  • Introspection and self-awareness theory
  • Self-perception theory

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8 Lessons in Chapter 22: Personality Psychology and the Self
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George Herbert Mead: The Self, ''Me'' & ''I''

1. George Herbert Mead: The Self, ''Me'' & ''I''

How does one define self? This lesson will help answer that question by exploring the theory of self, differentiating between the concepts of 'me' and 'I' and describing the concept of looking-glass self.

Alfred Adler on Personality Development

2. 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.

Freud's Psychoanalytic Theory on Instincts, Motivation, Personality & Development

3. Freud's Psychoanalytic Theory on Instincts, Motivation, Personality & Development

Learn how Sigmund Freud's theories helped shape our modern understanding of human motivation and personality development. Review key terms and take a quiz at the end of the lesson to test your knowledge.

Personality Psychology: Definition & Theories

4. Personality Psychology: Definition & Theories

Many people are fascinated by the characteristics that make each of us unique. Read on to discover the different theories of how personality develops.

The Self: Executive and Organizational Functions & Gender and Cultural Differences

5. The Self: Executive and Organizational Functions & Gender and Cultural Differences

How people view themselves has a lot to do with how they view the world around them. This lesson looks at the self, including its executive and organizational functions and gender and cultural differences in constructing a self-image.

Introspection and Self-Awareness Theory in Psychology: Definition & Examples

6. Introspection and Self-Awareness Theory in Psychology: Definition & Examples

How do introspection and self-awareness affect the way we view ourselves? In this lesson, we'll look at the definition, examples, and effects of introspection and self-awareness.

Self-Perception Theory: Definition and Examples

7. Self-Perception Theory: Definition and Examples

Have you ever felt confused about what you were feeling? Self-perception theory offers an explanation for what people do when they aren't sure what they feel. In this lesson, we'll look closer at self-perception theory and some studies that tell us more about how we decide what we're feeling.

Trait Perspective: Theory & Definition

8. Trait Perspective: Theory & Definition

Do your friends describe you as calm, or excitable? Are you careful, or careless? These characteristics indicate something about your personality, and psychologists study these traits to discover what makes each of us unique.

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