The creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, created a cartoon to a voice-over of the philosopher Alan Watts. Watts discusses his categorization of people into two personality distinctions: prickly and gooey. Prickly people are rational thinkers whereas gooey types are illogical romanticists. What are some benefits and difficulties of categorizing people this way?
Richard Branson jumped off the Palms tower to celebrate the new Virgin Airlines flight from San Francisco to Las Vegas. The wind caused Branson to twist around on the cable and scrape against the side of the building. Even though he was injured, Branson has since performed many more stunts, including jumping from buildings. Why do you think Richard Branson continues his thrill-seeking acts? What is Bransons personality type?
This is a commercial for Dos Equis beer. The Most Interesting Man in the World campaign utilizes the distinctive accomplishments and personality of a mysterious man. How does this advertising campaign make use of personality? If you were to describe your own idea of the most interesting man in the world, what personality traits would you give him?
Annabel brings a classmate to her dorm room in a satire of the MTV Cribs television show. She describes her personality through her possessions and their organization, as well the activities that take place in her room. What do peoples rooms say about their personality traits? How would you describe Annabel based on her dorm room?
In this clip featuring photographs from the creators travels to various countries, the video creator defines individualistic and collectivistic cultures. She explains basic components of each culture type. Based on her definitions, explain whether the U.S. is an individualistic or collectivistic culture and why. How does the U.S. cultural standpoint affect your personality?
A philosophy instructor considers personality, in addition to reasoning, a determinant of behavior. He gives a brief overview of personality assessment research (e.g., Allport, Cattell, Eysenck). Research on the physiological or biological bases of personality is also covered. Why did Eysenck argue against computer approaches to personality? What is the relationship between introversion/extroversion and sensory stimulation?
This video shows what new options are included in The Sims 3, namely variations in personality. The Sims 3 allows its players to create alter-egos who can have almost any career, lifestyle, and personality traits. How do these new possibilities attract users? How could The Sims 3 be used to discover how a person perceives their own personality?
In this commercial, a young boy proclaims that he is the greatest hitter in the world. He then proceeds to miss three soft tosses. Instead of becoming discouraged he yells that hes the greatest pitcher in the world. How does this commercial demonstrate optimism? What outcomes could dispositional optimism predict?
This is a comedic piece in which an actor plays a newscaster and lampoons YouTube video bloggers. We are then introduced to Peterwood McBustaload, the winner of the award for The Most Egotistical YouTuber. Flippant remarks and cocky humor follows. In your experience, are YouTube video bloggers egotistical? Why would people display egotism when presenting themselves online?
WBAL TV speaks with Mackenzie who has had cancer twice in her eleven years and is a part of the Cool Kids Campaign. They use the slogan Cancer Fears Me and motivate cancer patients to beat the disease. What research has been conducted on how optimism can affect recovery? What is the relationship between optimism and health?
Jade is a high school student with absent parents who often skips class. She would rather spend time with her boyfriend than do much else. A counselor talks with her during an initial session and a follow up at 6:11. At 9:05 defense mechanisms are mentioned as coping strategies. Which of the following defense mechanisms (compensation, denial, minimizing, escapism, idealization, rationalization, regression) did you see in the video? Explain the defense mechanism and how Jades actions represented it.
In this spoof of High School Musical, two students use many of the terms related to psychosexual stages and defense mechanisms in song. How many psychological terms were presented in the song? Do they correctly explain them in the video? Can you define them?
In this satire of Masterpiece theatre, a student reads from a large book to begin the clip. He leads into self-efficacy and the problem haunting our society since 1993, the emo subculture. Explain the emo subculture in terms of self-efficacy, outcome expectations, and overall outlook on life. Explain reciprocal determinism as it relates to the emo subculture.
The premise of the MTV show, Room Raiders, is that a person will pick his/her date based on what they find in their bedrooms. At the end of the show, a person is picked for a date depending on perceptions of their room, not their personality traits or appearance. Why would Bandura argue that rooms have personality? What were some of the more interesting examples of behavioral residue in the rooms? What could those items say about the personality traits of the occupants? How does reciprocal determinism relate to peoples dwellings?
Pablo de Laborde Lascaris uses the Freudian concepts of id, ego, and superego in his art installation project, which is explained and shown in great detail in this clip. What symbolically constitutes the id, ego, and superego? How does the kinetic structure help define how the id, ego, and superego balance each other?
This students video project clearly defines Maslows hierarchy of needs, using visuals to demonstrate each need. The student mentions but does not define self-actualization. What is the definition of self-actualization and how does it relate to Maslows hierarchy of needs?
Are personality traits hip and fashionable? An entrepreneur has created apparel and merchandise featuring personality traits and backgrounds, some of which are featured in this slide show. Would you wear a shirt displaying your personality traits? Why or Why not? Which traits comprise the Five Factor Model? Are the traits in this slide show consistent with the Five Factor Model?
Dr. Ted Zeff discusses his book The Highly Sensitive Persons Guide and coping strategies for people who are highly sensitive. He and the NBC newscaster discuss physical reactions to stimulating elements. According to Dr. Zeff, how does our society view sensitivity? How does that compare with that of other cultures?
Depression and anxiety can be very disabling and difficult. Here are some tools to help people cope during those difficult times, provided by Dr. Tracy Marks. Dr. Marks defines depression and anxiety and gives seven steps in order to cope with these issues. Describe one of Dr. Marks strategies and explain why you think it would or would not help someone suffering from depression.
Mirroring Walter Mischel experiment, Dr. David Walsh gives four-year-old children two choices: They can either eat a marshmallow immediately, or if they wait 20 minutes, they can have two. In the original study, how did some childrens ability to wait correlate with their SAT scores later in life?
Intelecom briefly traces personality theory history, outlines its uses, and discusses how personality inventories work. What personality inventories are described? How can personality inventories be used?
This student project shows two students, one with type A personality and one with type B personality. He compares their morning rituals and shows them taking a test. He explains some of the side effects of stress that type A personalities may experience. He also shows how the type A personality can be beneficial. Does this video clearly define the differences between type A and B personalities?
Signal Patterns offers personality assessment that uses the five-factor model of personality traits as its basis. What are each of the five factors (Extraversion, Neuroticism, Openness to experience, Agreeableness, and Conscientiousness) associated with in terms of personality and behavior?