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This Personality study guide covers 7 topics in depth. These include Trait Approach to Personality, Psychodynamic Approaches, Biological Basis of Personality and more, with multiple subtopics inside each of the main topic areas (see full list of topics below). It has been tailored to cater for Psychology students of all levels, from any University and has been specifically designed to improve both, the direction of your coursework research and the efficiency of your exam revision.

  • Introducing Personality
    • Personality Defined
    • Approaches to Studying Personality
  • Trait Approach to Personality
    • Defining Personality Traits
    • Sheldon’s Somatotypes Theory
    • Early Lexical Approaches
    • Allport
    • Cattell
    • Hierarchical Model of Personality
    • The Big 5
  • Psychodynamic Approaches
    • Levels of Consciousness
    • Thought Processes
    • Freud - Structure of Human Personality
    • Theory of Psychosexual Development
    • Adler – Individual Psychology
    • Jung – Analytical Psychology
  • Learning Theory, Cognitive and Humanistic Approaches
    • Learning Theory
      • Classical Conditioning
      • Operant Conditioning
      • Stimulus-Response Model
      • Social Learning Theory
      • Locus of Control
      • Mischel’s Concerns
      • Evaluation of Learning Theory
    • Cognitive Personality Theories
      • Theory of Personal Constructs
      • Rational-Emotive Behaviour Theory
      • Evaluating Cognitive Theories
    • Humanistic Personality Theories
      • Self-Actualisation
      • Rogers’ Theory of Personality
      • Evaluation
  • Biological Basis of Personality
    • How Gene Influence is Assessed
    • Assessing Genetic Heritability of Personality
    • Considerations within Behavioural Genetics and Personality
    • Different Types of Genetic Variance
    • Shared and Non-shared Environments
    • Within Family Factors
    • Outside Family Factors
    • Problems with Twin and Adoption Studies
    • Assortative Mating
    • Changing World of Genetics
    • Psychophysiology, Neuropsychology and Personality
    • Empirical Evidence
  • Interpersonal Relationships
    • Reasons for Interpersonal Attraction
    • Styles of Attachment
    • Rusbult’s Investment Model
  • Personality Dysfunctions
    • Psychopathology
    • Personality Disorders
    • Personality Types
    • The Dark Triad: Narcissism, Machiavellianism and Psychopathy

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