Theories of Personality
I. Course Prefix/Number: PSY 206
Course Name: Theories of Personality
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course surveys originators and major theories of personality development. Content includes psychoanalytic and neopsychoanalytic, social-biological, behavioral/social learning, humanistic-existential, cognitive, and trait approaches; research methodology and overview of personality/environment interactions.
IV. Learning Objectives
- To expose students to a comprehensive view of existing theories of personality: psychoanalytic and neo-psychoanalytic, social-biological, behavioral/social learning, humanistic-existential, cognitive and trait.
- To have students understand the interplay between personality, behavior, and adjustment.
- To familiarize the students with the methods of assessment of personality and the possible interventions to aid in the development of an adjusted personality and the acquisition of adaptive behavior patterns.
- To facilitate the students' ability to internalize a personal working definition of personality.
- To review research methodology.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
- Research Methodology
- Freud: Classical Psychoanalysis
- Jung: Analytical Psychology
- Adler: Individual Psychology
- Erikson: Psychosocial Development
- Horney: Interpersonal Psychoanalysis
- Allport: Personological Trait Theory
- Cattell: Factor Analytic Trait Theory
- Skinner: Radical Behaviorism
- Dollard and Miller: Psychoanalytic Learning Theory
- Mischel and Bandura: Cognitive Social Learning Theory
- Kelly: The Psychology of Personal Constructs
- Rogers: Person-Centered Theory
- Maslow: Humanistic Psychology and the Hierarchy of Needs
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
IX. Instructional Materials
Representative texts include:
Cloninger, Susan C. (2008). Theories of Personality: Understanding Persons. (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
- Class policy on make-up exams, late assignments, etc.
- Important dates
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.