UNT PSYC 4520 - Exam 1 Study Guide (26 pages)

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A comprehensive study guide for exam 1, covering lectures 1-7 (August 25-September 12)

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University of North Texas
Psyc 4520 - Personality
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PSYC 4520 1st Edition Exam 1 Study Guide Lectures 1 7 Lecture 1 August 25 The Person and the Situation What shapes our behavior Our behavior is shaped both by who we are we do not act the same way in every situation and our circumstances different people behave differently in identical situations Our situations influence our behaviors and our behaviors reflect us as individuals What is the difference between social psychology and personality psychology All psychologists attempt to determine how most people will respond to a certain environmental demand However they do this in different ways A social psychologist will create different scenarios in which individuals see someone in need of help to determine which situations promote or discourage helping behavior Meanwhile personality psychologists will ask why one person would choose to help in a certain situation while another would not They wonder what makes you different from everyone else Defining Personality What does personality consist of There is no single definition of personality but the basic definition is consistent behavior patterns and intrapersonal processes originating within the individual Firstly personality is consistent someone who is outgoing today is expected to be outgoing tomorrow Secondly personality involves intrapersonal processes these are the emotional cognitive processes that occur inside of us that determine the ways we feel and behave They have nothing to do with outsiders Thirdly these consistencies and intrapersonal processes originate within the individual the different ways we each behave or express our emotions comes from within us External sources such as our home lives or other events do affect personality but they are not the only determinant of our personalities Six Approaches to Personality Define the six approaches to personality Give examples to explain 1 Psychoanalytic says that our unconscious minds determine behavioral differences In terms of aggression this approach says

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