Describe your personality, including your typical style, your main traits, the way you interact with others, and how you handle stress.

According to the American Psychological Association:

Personality refers to individual differences in characteristic patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving. The study of personality focuses on two broad areas: One is understanding individual differences in particular personality characteristics, such as sociability or irritability. The other is understanding how the various parts of a person come together as a whole. (para 1)

In this course, you will explore seven well-known models that explain the development of personality. However, you probably already have some ideas and opinions about how personalities develop based on your prior learning and life experiences. This first assignment is meant to provide you with a baseline of your thinking about personality that you can compare and contrast to the theories we will be studying. This paper will also be integrated into a section of your final assignment.

This is not a research paper; that will come later. In this assignment, you will reflect on your current assumptions defining personality as they relate to your understanding of your own behaviors. Describe your personality, including your typical style, your main traits, the way you interact with others, and how you handle stress. Explain what it is that makes you uniquely “you,” and how you think you became the person you are today. Describe the social and/or psychological factors you can point to that help support your explanation as well as any genetic factors you believe affect your unique personality.

The assignment:

  • Must be three to four double-spaced pages in length (not including the title page and references page) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must document any sources used in this assignment in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center if sources are used.
  • 8/22/16
  • The Trait Model of Personality

    Prior to beginning work on this assignment, read Chapter 8 in your text as well as the article by Allemand, Steiger, and Hill (2013), and view the The Big Personality Test video. In addition to the required resources, go to the Ashford University Library and research a minimum of one scholarly source on the trait model of personality and one scholarly resource on the big five theory of personality.

    It is recommended that you go to the The Big Five Personality Test and complete the free, confidential personality test that is based on the big five theory. The results of this test may be used to aid in the completion of this assignment. Please note that you do not need to register or give any personal information to obtain your results from this website. After you have completed the assessment, click on the “No, just give me my results” link. This link will take you to a page that will tell you how you scored on each of the five traits in this theory.

    In the first part of this assignment, you will provide an overview of the trait model of personality in which you identify at least one principal theorist associated with the model. Briefly compare and contrast the basic assumptions of this model and the psychodynamic model of personality regarding the difference between healthy and unhealthy personalities. Use your research as well as this week’s required resources to support your statements.

    The Big Five Model (also known as the Five Factor Model) is the prevailing theory in the trait model of personality. In the second part of your paper, identify and describe each of the five traits included in the big five model: extroversion, agreeableness, conscienciousness, neuroticism, and openness to experience. If you chose to take the online The Big Five Personality Test, reflect on your results from the test and discuss how you scored on each of the five traits. If you chose not to take the online test, use the assigned readings, video, and your research to explain how the five trait theory describes your personality.

    The assignment:

    • Must be five to six double-spaced pages in length (not including the title page and references page) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
    • Must include a separate title page with the following:
      • Title of paper
      • Student’s name
      • Course name and number
      • Instructor’s name
      • Date submitted
    • Must use at least two scholarly sources from the Ashford University Library in addition to the required resources for the assignment.
    • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
    • Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

    Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

  • 8/29/16
  • Part One of the Integrative Personality Theory Paper

    Prior to beginning work on this assignment, review sections 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4 of Chapter 1 in the text. In addition, read the e-book sections by Glanz (n.d.) and Saucier and Srivastava (2015).

    The major assignment for this course is the development of your personal Integrative Personality Theory.  In this paper, you will select one concept from each of the seven models covered in this course to include in your theory.  Note that this is not meant to be an overview of each model, and the paper cannot focus on just one model.  Rather, you are to select a specific concept from a theory in each model, and you must include one concept from each of the seven models in your final paper.  Click here for examples of some of the main concepts from thePsychodynamic Model

    In this week’s assignment, you will begin work on the final paper.  You will complete the specific secions of the paper that are indicated below.  This allows you to begin work on this major assignment and receive formative feedback from your instructor in order to improve final submission. Please use this template to build your Integrative Theory of Personality paper.  It is APA formatted already and will guide you through the needed sections.

    Instructions for the week three required sections:

    Introduction:  Provide a general introduction to the topic of theories of personality. Explain what you plan to cover and describe the direction your paper will take. Note: This section will not feature a heading.

    Major Concepts  

    In this section, you will present the seven specific concepts identified from the seven models you think best apply to the study of personality in distinct subheadings.  For each concept, identify the major personality model from which the concept was taken as well as the theorist associated with that model.  Each concept section should be approximately 3-4 paragraphs. For week three, you need to complete two of the seven total required by week five.

    Click here for an example of how to structure your discussion of each concept.

    • Psychodynamic Model Concept
    • Neurobiological Model Concept
    • Behavioral Model Concept
    • Cognitive Model Concept
    • Interpersonal/relational Model Concept
    • Trait Model Concept
    • Self-Psychology Model Concept

    Excluded Concepts 

    In this section, present the concepts you have chosen to exclude in your theory of personality development.  Reflect on the basic assumptions that define personality and identify three specific excluded concepts from any of the theories studied in the course.  For each of the excluded concepts, provide a rationale explaining the various aspects of the concept that make it unsuitable for your use and compare and contrast it with the concepts you have chosen to include.  Each concept will be approximately 2-3 paragraphs.  In week three you need to flesh out the section for one of the three-all three are due in week five.

    The Differences between Healthy and Unhealthy Personalities

    Describe the basic differences between healthy and unhealthy personality, based on the concepts that you have chosen to include and exclude from your theory.  This section will be approximately two to four paragraphs.  Start the draft in week three to be finalized in week five.

    The Roles of Heredity, the Environment, and Epigenetics

    Provide your analysis of the roles heredity, the environment, and epigenetics play in the development of personality.  Discuss how heredity and the environment might affect personality disorders.  This section will be approximately three to five paragraphs.  Start the draft in week three to be finalized in week five. 

    Assessment and Measurement of the Theory

    There is no requirement in week three for this-the section must be completed by week five.

    Self-Reflection 

    In this section of the paper, review the self-reflection you wrote in Week One of this class and describe how and in what ways your views have or have not changed.  Analyze your Week One self-assessment using the concepts that you have included in your integrative theory and describe how your theory explains your personality.  This section will be approximately four to six paragraphs.  Start the draft in week three to be finalized in week five.

    Conclusion:  There is no requirement in week three for this-the section must be completed by week five.

    Research a minimum of four of the eight scholarly sources related to these concepts in the Ashford University Library to support your statements in the paper.  Popular websites and your textbook may augment, but they will not count toward the minimum number of sources needed for the paper.

    The assignment:

    • Must be four to five double-spaced pages in length (not including title page and references page) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
    • Must include a separate title page with the following:
      • Title of paper
      • Student’s name
      • Course name and number
      • Instructor’s name
      • Date submitted
    • Must use at least four scholarly sources in addition to the course text.
    • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
    • Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

    Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

  • 9/12/16
  • Integrative Personality Theory

    For your final paper, you will complete the rest of the assignment which you began in week three and create your own theory of personality development by synthesizing the concepts and constructs of all the theories that seem most accurate and appropriate to you and by using those concepts to reflect on your own personality and development.  Remember to use the template provided to guide you through the steps.

    Research a minimum of eight scholarly sources related to these concepts in the Ashford University Library to support your statements in the paper. Popular websites and your textbook may augment, but they will not count toward, the minimum number of sources needed for the paper.  The following content and headings must be included in your paper.

    Please visit the Ashford Writing Center for guidance on how to format headings in APA Style. Also, please take note of the suggestions provided for the length for each section in the instructions below.

    Instructions:

    Provide a general introduction to the topic of theories of personality. Explain what you plan to cover and describe the direction your paper will take. This section will not feature a heading, and it will be approximately two to three paragraphs.

    Major Concepts

    In this section, you will present the seven specific concepts identified from the seven models you think best apply to the study of personality in distinct subheadings.  For each concept, identify the major personality model from which the concept was taken as well as the theorist associated with that model.  This completed section will be approximately four to five pages.

    Excluded Concepts 

    In this section, present the concepts you have chosen to exclude in your theory of personality development.  Reflect on the basic assumptions that define personality and identify three specific excluded concepts from any of the theories studied in the course.  For each of the excluded concepts, provide a rationale explaining the various aspects of the concept that make it unsuitable for your use.  This section will be approximately one to two pages.

    The Differences between Healthy and Unhealthy Personalities

    Describe the basic differences between healthy and unhealthy personality, based on the concepts that you have chosen to include and exclude from your theory.  This completed section will be approximately one page.

    The Roles of Heredity, the Environment, and Epigenetics

    Provide your analysis of the roles heredity, the environment, and epigenetics play in the development of personality. Discuss how heredity and the environment might affect personality disorders. This completed section will be approximately one page.

    Assessment and Measurement of the Theory

    Reflect on the major concepts you have selected for inclusion and provide a brief description about how those concepts are measured and/or assessed. Review the assessment sections of each chapter and discuss those measures you think are most applicable and effective.  This completed section will be approximately one page.

    Self-Reflection 

    In this section of the paper, review the self-reflection you wrote in Week One of this class and describe how and in what ways your views have or have not changed. Analyze your Week One self-assessment using the concepts that you have included in your integrative theory and describe how your theory explains your personality. This section will be approximately one page.

    Provide a brief conclusion that summarizes the ideas presented in your integrative theory of personality. This section will not feature a heading and it will be approximately two to four paragraphs.

    Allport, G. W. (1968). The person in psychology: Selected essays. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.

    The Integrative Personality Theory paper:

    • Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length (not including the title page and references page) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
    • Must include a separate title page with the following:
      • Title of paper
      • Student’s name
      • Course name and number
      • Instructor’s name
      • Date submitted
    • Must use at least eight scholarly sources in addition to the course text.
    • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
    • Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
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