Fall 2020

Personality Psychology

Listed in: Psychology, as PSYC-221

Formerly listed as: PSYC-21


Amy P. Demorest (Sections 01 and 02)


This course examines how psychologists understand the patterns of experiencing and behaving that constitute an individual’s personality. Personality psychologists are concerned with the ways in which a person is like all other people in these patterns (common psychological processes), like some others (individual differences), and like no one else (uniqueness). In examining these questions, we study the “grand theories” of Freud, Skinner, and Rogers, as well as the contemporary models of traits and scripts. We explore what professional observations led to the major theoretical ideas in personality psychology, and we critically examine how these ideas have been tested in empirical research. Furthermore, we study the lives of the theorists to examine how their professional ideas were informed by their personal lives. Students will also take personality assessment devices throughout the semester as a way to better understand the models, and perhaps themselves as well.  Class meetings will be always in synchronous online format and will involve engaging in projects, case applications, and discussions as much as possible, often in small break-out groups. 

Requisite: PSYC 100 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 20 students. Fall semester. Professor Demorest.

PSYC 221 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 10:10 AM - 11:30 AM ONLI ONLI
Th 10:10 AM - 11:30 AM ONLI ONLI

Section 02
Tu 03:50 PM - 05:10 PM ONLI ONLI
Th 03:50 PM - 05:10 PM ONLI ONLI

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

Section(s) ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
All Psychology's Grand Theorists any version Demorest Amherst Books TBD
All Dibs In Search of Self any version Axline Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022, Fall 2023, Fall 2024