Theories of Personality

Wes Morgan, Ph.D.

303-B Austin Peay
Phone: 974-7167

SUMMER 1997 (Evening)

Required Texts:

          Pervin, L. A., & John, O. P. (1996). Personality: Theory and Research (7th. ed.). New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

          Ryckman, R. M. (1996). Theories of Personality (6th. ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.

Course Objectives

This course will familiarize the student with eight different theories of personality representing four different apporaches or paradigms. Assessment techniques, methods of behavioral change (psychotherapy) and representative research issues associated with each theory will also be studied. The student should be able to compare and contrast these various theories, related techniques, and issues in an informed manner by the conclusion of the course.

Office Hours

Regular office hours are by appointment on Monday mornings from 9:30 to 11:00 AM Appointments with the instructor may be made at other times as well.


Exams will cover the textbook readings and class lectures and discussions. They will consist of both short discussion questions and short answer questions (Fill-in and/or multiple choice). Discussion questions may be cumulative (thus the increased weight of the final exam).

Make-up exams will be given only for excused absences and will be administered on Thursday, July 10.


Five very short unannounced quizzes over the assigned readings will make up 10 percent of the course grade.


You are to complete the following two papers for 10 percent each of the course grade. All papers are due at class time. No exceptions.

Extra Credit

You may complete additional projects for extra credit (not to exceed one-half letter grade). All extra credit projects are due on Monday, August 4 at class time. No exceptions.

Class Schedule and Readings

June 9
Introduction, Overview and Maddi's Outline
Sigmund Freud
Psychoanalytic Theory
Little Hans

Pervin & John: Chapt. 1
Ryckman: Chapt. 1
Pervin & John: Chapt. 3
Ryckman: Chapt. 2
June 16
Projective Testing
Carl Jung
Analytical Psychology
Pervin & John: Chapt. 4
Ryckman: Chapt. 3
June 23
Carl Rogers
Person Centered Theory
Q-Sort Technique
Truax Study
George Kelly
Pervin & John: Chapt. 5
Pervin & John: Chapt. 6
June 30
Theory of Personal Constructs
Rep Test
Fixed-role Therapy
Paper 1 Due (10 Percent)
Pervin & John: Chapt. 10
Ryckman: Chapt. 11
July 7
Midterm Exam (30 percent)
Gordon Allport
Trait Theory
Ryckman: Chapt. 8
July 14
Dispositional Assumptions
Factor Analytic Method
Raymond Cattell
Hans Eysenck
The "Big Five"
Pervin & John: Chapt. 7
Ryckman: Chapt. 9
Ryckman: Chapt. 10
Pervin & John: Chapt. 8
July 21
B. F. Skinner
Functional Analysis of Behavior
Behavioral Assessment and Modification
Pervin & John: Chapt. 9
July 28
Albert Bandura & Walter Mischel
Cognitive-Social Learning Theory
Delay of Reinforcement
Cognitive Behavior Modification
Ryckman: Chapt. 17
Pervin & John: Chapt. 12
Pervin & John: Chapt. 13
August 4
Paper 2 Due (10 percent)
Sleep and Dreaming
Comparison of Theories of Personality/Review
Pervin & John: Chapt. 15
Ryckman: Chapt. 18
August 11
Final Exam 5:00 -- 7:00 PM
(40 percent)

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Wesley G. Morgan, Ph.D.

Last revision: July 29, 1997