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Psychology of Personality (PSY70016)

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: PSY70016

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 10 hours of study per week

About this unit

This unit aims to explain the main features of some of the major approaches to the psychology of personality including the psychodynamic (psychoanalytic/neoanalytic), social, learning, cognitive, motivational, and narrative approaches. Students will be able to describe basic elements of historically important and contemporary theories within each perspective, and critically evaluate how various approaches to personality explain specific issues such as the unconscious, the self, personality change, the effect of early childhood experiences, and the effect of motivation on personality.


  • Four major perspectives on personality are examined:
  • Psychodynamic
  • Dispositional
  • Environmental
  • Representational

Issues such as methods of personality assessment and research strategies are also considered. Selected contemporary issues are also examined, including developments in areas such as psychodynamic theory and cognitive, social and narrative views of self.

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