Individual Differences

Personality: Theory & Perspectives

An undergraduate psychology course about Individual Differences

Last updated:
02 Apr 2007

Lecture Titles for Theory of Personality

  1. What is personality?
  2. Trait & dispositional perspectives
  3. Biological & evolutionary perspectives
  4. Psychoanalytic & neoanalytic perspectives
  5. Phenomenological & humanistic perspectives
  6. Cognitive perspectives
  7. Review: Integration of perspectives & conclusions

Personality Links

What is personality?

  • An introductory lecture to the definitions of personality, history of its development in psychology, and overview of major perspectives.

Trait & dispositional perspectives on personality

Biological & evolutionary perspectives on personality

Psychoanalytic & neoanalytic perspectives on personality

Behavioral & learning perspectives on personality

Phenomenological perspectives on personality

Cognitive perspectives on personality

Integration & review of 6 main theoretical perspectives on personality

Personality exam

  • To be held during exam period
  • The exam will consist of 80 multiple choice questions. 
  • ~35% of the questions will focus on the material presented in the lecture
  • ~35% of the questions will focus on the material presented on the website
  • ~30% of the questions will focus on corresponding content in the textbook.


General References

Burger, J. M. (1993). Personality (3rd ed.) Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.

Carver, C. S., & Scheier, M. F. (2000). Perspectives on Personality (4th ed.) Needham Heights, MA: Simon & Schuster.

Funder, D. C. (2001). The Personality Puzzle (2nd ed.). New York: W. W. Norton.

Ornstein, R. (1993). The Roots of the Self: Unraveling the mystery of who we are. New York: Harper Collins.

Phares, J. E. (1991). Introduction to Personality (3rd ed.). New York: Harper Collins.