PSYC E-1707 Personality and Self-Knowledge
Fall term 2017 CRN 15451
This course focuses on the role that personality plays in determining behavior. Cognitive, emotional, and motivational aspects of personality are covered. For example, what leads people to be rigid in their beliefs versus open to new ideas and experiences? Why are some people motivated by money and others are motivated to form relationships? Topics include self-knowledge (How well do we know ourselves? What do we know about ourselves? How well do others know us?); personality stability and change (Who are you if your personality is not stable?); maladaptive personalities—both in the normal range as well as personality disorders. This course takes a modern approach to personality and also introduces methodological advances and techniques such as using smart phones to record data and room observation—what can you tell about someone from their living spaces and belongings?