PSY330 – Theories of Personality
Assignment 1. The Trait Model of Personality. Due by Day 7. 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 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. Compare and contrast the basic assumptions of this model and the psychodynamic model of personality. Describe the difference between healthy and unhealthy personalities as they are explained in the two models. Use your researched as well as this week’s required resources to support your statements. 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 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. •
According to Matthews, (2009), trait theory also referred to as dispositional theory, it is one of the methodology used to investigate human personality. Trait philosophers are mostly apprehensive in the measurement of behaviors, which can also be well-defined as customary trends of conduct, emotion and thoughts. According to this viewpoint, personalities are reasonably steady over a stretch of time, differ across persons (for example some people are confident and others shy) and influence behavior. Personalities are in divergence to the states which are more transient in characters…..