Psychology of Personality Writing Assignments

Personality Assessment

Using the World Wide Web (internet) go to any the following sites (BE SURE TO TAKE A PERSONALITY TEST, NOT INTELLIGENCE OR ANY OTHER, ALSO, IF MONEY IS REQUESTED, CHOOSE A DIFFERENT TEST AND REPORT LINK TO ME!):
http://www.2h.com/personality-tests.html 
This site offers several types of “personality” tests.

 Five Factor Personality Test
http://www.personal.psu.edu/~j5j/IPIP/
This personality test is based on Costa & McCrae's Five Factor Model of Personality. You can take the long version or short version of this test.

Jungian Personality Test
http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes1.htm
The Keirsey Temperament Sorter based on the Myers-Briggs.  A fun personality test based on the belief that personality is the combination of distinct traits.

Choose any personality tests that are offered.  After taking the personality tests, please write a paper (2 pages) about your experience.  Give the name of the test and any relevant information.  You may want to include your opinion about the test, the theory being used, whether or not the information useful/accurate, etc.  Then find one empirical article on personality (your choice) and complete an article summary.  The finished product will have a cover page, a two page paper, and article summary, and a copy of the first page of the article summarized.

Why I Do What I Do

You will write one short (3 page text) essay in which you apply the principles of a personality theory discussed in class to explain something about yourself:

a)      How you  feel in certain situations,
b)      Choices you made or did not make,
c)      How you think in certain situations,
d)     How you acquired certain attitudes or beliefs,
e)      Why you do what you do in certain situations,
f)       Why you feel, think, and do what you do in certain situations.

 A good essay will first describe the behavior/emotions in question, and second, discuss why you feel/think/behaved this way from the perspective of a particular personality theorist or theory. The latter (and most important part) will necessitate your identifying the theory you will use, and identifying the concepts you are using as you go.

Emotionally or cognitively complex behavior will probably work best for these papers -- routine behavior (such as getting dressed in the morning) will not lend itself to "analysis."

Essays will be graded based on:

1)      How accurately and artfully the psychological principals from the theories are applied;
2)      How well-written the essays are: word usage, paragraph and sentence structure, organization, grammar, spelling, and syntax all contribute to (or detract from) the paper grade.  SEE STRUCTURE.
3)      IMPORTANT!!! Essays longer than three pages will be returned ungraded -- because there are lots of you and only one of me. This is a practical necessity.

In addition, to the essay, students will create an original power point presentation titled “My Personality in Pictures” that conveys the essential aspects of your personality in 25 pictures with accompanying captions. You can use photos, graphics, text, sounds, animation, etc., in your presentation, as you prefer. You can use either your personal computer or any of the Windows-based computers in the various computer labs on campus to prepare your presentation, which must be exactly 26 “slides” in length (a title slide and the 25 following slides that depict your personality).  The power point presentation will be printed out in black and white with the handout option, six slides per page, and attached to the end of your essay.

Click here for Sample Power Point

 Film Review Paper

In this paper, describe a character from a movie or novel from the perspective of one of the theories discussed in this course and then conclude with your own impression.  The paper should be no longer than seven pages in length and have no fewer than three references.  In this paper you should a) describe the character from a book or a movie, b) describe this person from a theoretical perspective we’ve covered in this course, c) summarize and present your opinion about how well this theory describes the person in question. 

 Papers will be graded based on:

1)      How accurately and artfully the psychological principals from the theories are applied;
2)      How well-written the essays are: word usage, paragraph and sentence structure, organization, grammar, spelling, and syntax all contribute to (or detract from) the paper grade.  SEE STRUCTURE.
3)      IMPORTANT!!! Essays longer than seven pages will be returned ungraded -- because there are lots of you and only one of me. This is a practical necessity.