Advanced Personality Psychology

Semesters Taught
Spring 2012, 2014, 2016

This course is designed to acquaint students with personality psychology—the scientific study of an individual’s characteristic patterns of thought, emotion, and behavior, together with the psychological mechanisms—hidden or not—behind those patterns. We survey and discuss a variety of classic and contemporary readings in personality psychology. The topics discussed include the history of personality psychology, trait models of personality, personality judgment, the biological and evolutionary roots of personality, psychoanalytic approaches to personality, personality development, and cognitive approaches to personality. In addition to these topics, a number of applied topics are also examined including, happiness and well-being, personality disorders, and personnel selection.

Syllabus (spring 2016)

Previous Syllabi

Syllabus (spring 2014)

Syllabus (spring 2012)