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Introduction to Personality Theories
The purpose of this assignment is to provide you with an understanding of personality theories, specifically the five-factor model. Personality theory helps inform psychologists’ approach to understanding brain systems and behavior.
This assignment fulfills/supports:
Module Outcome: 1
Course Outcome: 2
General Education Competencies: 2, 4
For this Assignment, complete the following steps:
Review the various trait theories, paying special attention to the Big Five.
Choose a fictional character from a book, tv show, or movie. Think about how you would rank that character along each of the components of the five-factor model.
In an essay, thoroughly discuss each of the following:
Give some brief background about the character (no more than one paragraph).
Using the five-factor model (the Big Five), provide two (2) observations for how your character fits EACH factor. For example, if I chose Winnie the Pooh, I would provide two observations about him that explain why I believe he scores high on openness, two observations for why I believe he scores low on conscientiousness, two observations for why I believe he scores low on extroversion, etc. You should have a total of ten (10) observations.
Your submission should be in essay format—no bullet points.
Back up your observations with information from the textbook; be sure to include information from the textbook to help explain your position. In other words, your explanations should demonstrate your understanding of the five-factor model.