your goal is to create something new using the information that you have gained from reading and studying the other theories. This is an opportunity to THINK!
Remember, there is no “universal theory”, so you will want to think about discussing a relatively narrow aspect of personality and personality development/expression– if you try to create a huge universal theory this assignment will get out of hand quickly!
Here’s an example of a very short version of a student writing a personality theory (this is not necessarily good, but it’s an example) : https://prezi.com/_twppshq6ope/making-a-personality-theory/ (Links to an external site.)
And here’s an old video from a personality researcher/faculty about how to think about writing your own personality theory – it’s kind of a fun video and can help us think about how we would write a theory…….https://youtu.be/HT3JwEalSw0 (Links to an external site.)
And, of course there’s also Brian Little’s TED talk about personality, which is pretty interesting https://youtu.be/qYvXk_bqlBk (Links to an external site.)
You might also want to review the YouTube video that we watched early in the quarter on “What is Personality” https://youtu.be/dcsc_EsJmsA (Links to an external site.)
You will need to follow the below template and answer ALL the questions in the template – please start each section with the question (or combined questions) stated in bold and then answer it clearly beneath that section. The length of this assignment will depend on how much detail you go into with each question and what format you use. You can use a Prezi style format (like the example above) OR you can make a detailed flowchart OR you could create a video or powtoon if you wanted, OR you can write this out in narrative format as long as each section is clearly labeled.…. Avoid being too simplistic.
Give your theory a name
What theories that are already in existence are you drawing from in your new theory?
Identify and very briefly discuss at least TWO other theories that inspired you or that you drew from. You are welcome to use any theories we have discussed or are in your book, or you are also welcome to use Jung or Freud or even the theories from the MTBI if you can find them…
Answer these questions as you explain your theory:
How would you define personality in your theory? (think of this as “what is your construct of personality?)
Is personality unique to each individual or are there consistencies across individuals?
Is personality a fixed or fluid construct and is it stable over time? Is there a developmental process involved?
Is personality shaped by biology or the environment or some other force?
What aspects or categories of personality can you classify/list? Do you identify specific personality traits that are universal? Or maybe broader personality “types”? Or possibly you see personality as rooted in inherent temperaments? Or perhaps you see personality as a set of behaviors or social behaviors– what would those be? Feel free to think outside the box here – the goal is that the aspects of your theory would lead us to be able to measure and identify these aspects in the individual in some way.
Also think about – does your theory have positive and negative personality aspects or is your theory fairly neutral in your categories/classifications?
Can the aspects of personality in your theory be measured and how might you measure them? (ie – can they be measured through behavioral observation or possibly a self report or some other means of “seeing” the personality?)
Are there any aspects of your personality theory that would account for gender differences? Cultural differences? Or do you consider personality to be consistent across genders and cultures/ethnicities, etc?
How could you apply your theory in a way to help people?
Maybe describe a case or describe a way that your theory could be helpful in therapy or helpful in some other way as we strive to understand each other and get along with each other….(for example, temperament theories are very helpful in designing parent education programs, Piaget’s theories are very helpful in designing educational curriculum that is age/stage appropriate, Freud’s theories and Maslow’s theories are very helpful in therapy to help people become healthier)
Any other thoughts you want to add?
YOU MUST CLEARLY IDENTIFY EACH SECTION/PROMPT IN YOUR PAPER – these do not have to be in exact order, but you must very clearly show/demonstrate where the answer/content for EVERY SINGLE PROMPT is – this allows us to grade you easily and if we don’t find the label, we won’t dig through ever paragraph looking to see if you answered that question/prompt and you will lose points. You can re-visit the topic again and again, but at least LABEL one detailed area where you answer that question/prompt. The more difficult your paper is to grade, the less likely you will get full points.
Thoughts – you might want to focus on areas that you consider to be weaknesses of current theories.
You can choose to focus on a particular aspect of personality – ie – developmental issues, gender, self identity, or ageing or whatever – this allows you to target your theory to a specific process rather than trying to be super broad….
You do not need to cite the textbook or the source for the theories that you build you own theory on. However if you are referring to something specific (such as the way I refer to brain development during the 15-25 year old period below) you should probably cite a source for that so that it does not appear to be just made up or incorrect data.
If you use citations, then also create a reference section
Please make sure every prompt from the instructions is answered
Please remember to reference currently accepted theories (found in your text) so that we know you are launching from some other point and not starting from scratch
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