Chapter 11 Personality

What type of personality do you have? What factors can influence our personality? In this session, we will study different types of personalities, the ways in which we measure personality, and how cognition and learning can contribute to make us unique individuals.

Some keywords: personality, the Big Five Inventory (BFI), nature and nurture, temperament

Session Activities



Read the following before watching the lecture video.

One of the following textbook chapters:

or the personality chapter from either of these free text books:

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Further Study

These optional resources are provided for students that wish to explore this topic more fully.

Summary videos of the chapters: Watch video 15 for this chapter

MIT psych 101 video lecture on personality

Crash Course–Rorschach & Freudians: Herman Rorschach (no, not the guy from Watchmen) came up with the eponymous tests, but what do they mean? Why are we so fascinated with them despite the division in the world of Psychology? Hank tackles these topics as we take a closer look at personality in this episode of Crash Course Psychology.
Crash Course–Measuring Personality: How would you measure a personality? What, exactly, is the self? Well, as you’ve come to expect, it’s not that easy to nail down an answer for those questions. Whether you’re into blood, bile, earth, wind, fire, or those Buzzfeed questionnaires, there are LOTS of ways to get at who we are and why.
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