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Students will study:
- Basics of personality
- Freud's psychoanalytic theory on instincts, motivation, personality and development
- Psychoanalytic schools and their approaches to psychopathology theory
- Psychological assessments
- Humanistic psychology
- Traits vs. states
- Assessing traits
- Social cognitive perspective
- Self-efficacy and locus of control
- Learned helplessness in children
- Positive psychology
- Self-understanding and self-concept
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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.
2. 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.
3. Psychoanalytic Schools Approach to Psychopathology Theory
Here, we will explore the basic tenants of psychoanalysis and psychodynamic theories as they relate to psychopathology. Two techniques for treatment are also explored briefly.
4. Types of Assessments Used in Psychology
Psychological assessments are tests that are meant to analyze a person's abilities or personality. In this lesson, we'll examine some common types of psychological tests, including projective tests, inventories, and aptitude tests.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Trait Assessment Testing: Fundamental Attribution Error & OCEAN
Do you know what 'OCEAN' stands for when it comes to personality assessment? This lesson includes the breakdown of all the traits used to assess personality. Which ones apply to you? Are you nervous and neurotic or open to new experiences and optimistic? Find out what this all means.
8. Social Cognitive Perspective: Definition & Experiment
In this lesson, you will learn how the social cognitive perspective helps psychologists study personality by combining the interactions of traits, thoughts, and environment.
9. Self-Efficacy and Locus of Control: Definition and Meaning
Self-efficacy is the belief that you can succeed in a specific area of your life, and locus of control is how much control you feel like you have over a situation. What do these two things have in common? In this lesson, we'll explore them both and how they relate to each other.
10. Learned Helplessness in Children: Definition
Why do people just give up? Why are some situations deemed hopeless? This lesson will introduce you to the concept of learned helplessness in order to answer the above questions and provide recommendations on dealing with learned helplessness in the classroom.
11. What Is Optimism? - Definition & Explanation
Optimism is a form of positive thinking that includes the belief that you are responsible for your own happiness and that more good things will continue to happen to you in the future. Learn more about optimism, how it differs from pessimism, and more.
12. Positive Psychology: Optimism, Self-Efficacy & Happiness
There are folks who see the glass half-full and those who see it half-empty. But it's the same glass, so why does it matter what kind you are? Find out just how big of an impact your answer to this common question can have on how you live your life.
13. 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?
14. 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.
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Other chapters within the Worth Publishers Psychology: Online Textbook Help course
- Worth Publishers Psychology Prologue: The Story of Psychology
- Worth Publishers Psychology Chapter 1: Thinking Critically With Psychological Science
- Worth Publishers Psychology Chapter 2: The Biology of Mind
- Worth Publishers Psychology Chapter 3: Consciousness and the Two-Track Mind
- Worth Publishers Psychology Chapter 4: Nature, Nurture, and Human Diversity
- Worth Publishers Psychology Chapter 5: Developing Through the Life Span
- Worth Publishers Psychology Chapter 6: Sensation and Perception
- Worth Publishers Psychology Chapter 7: Learning
- Worth Publishers Psychology Chapter 8: Memory
- Worth Publishers Psychology Chapter 9: Thinking & Language
- Worth Publishers Psychology Chapter 10: Intelligence
- Worth Publishers Psychology Chapter 11: What Drives Us
- Worth Publishers Psychology Chapter 12: Emotions, Stress, and Health
- Worth Publishers Psychology Chapter 14: Social Psychology
- Worth Publishers Psychology Chapter 15: Psychological Disorders
- Worth Publishers Psychology Chapter 16: Therapy