PSY140 Self-experience in Personality Psychology

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2016
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
PhDr. Ivana Poledňová, CSc. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Ivana Poledňová, CSc.
Department of Psychology - Faculty of Social Studies
Supplier department: Department of Psychology - Faculty of Social Studies
each odd Wednesday 8:00–11:15 P22
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 15 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/15, only registered: 0/15
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Course objectives
With the basic theoretical knowledge acquired from introductory courses of psychology we will attempt to reflect some key concepts, constructs, dimensions and methods, which personality psychology offers for getting to know oneself and others.
Our approach will not be primarily theoretical, but rather empirical. We will try to look at certain dimensions, methods, and modes of personality description from the perspective based on our own experience with a personality that is the most closest to us – with our own person. This personality we will examine and subject to experiments.

The purpose of the course is questing for answers to the following questions:

What are the possible ways of knowing certain personality traits, motives, dimensions, or characteristics? What are the limits of postulating and knowing such traits, motives, dimensions, or characteristics?

What are the possible benefits of particular methods for practical life of a person, or for professional life of a psychologist from different domains?

Furthermore, with the aid of methods, which we will deal with and try on ourselves, the students will be able to consider the functions of concrete identified traits, motives, dimensions, or characteristics in their personality and life. Thanks to that, students will be able to understand themselves better, their strengths and weaknesses.
  • 1. What does it mean to know personality and to know oneself
  • 2. Identity
  • 3. Self-presentation, self-monitoring and control
  • 4. Self-confidence, person and selfhood
  • 5. Projection and prejudice
  • 6. Physique and temperament
  • 7. Motivation
  • 8. Adaptation, strategies for coping with stress and tasks
  • 9. Capabilities, talent, creativity
  • 10. Self, character
  • 11. Accentuation of personality
  • 12. Personality formation, development, and change
  • Methods
  • Students will gain personal experience of knowing themselves with some of the following methods:
  • MBTI
  • Ego State Questionnaire (ESQ)
  • George Kelly’s REP-test
  • TEZADO, event. IHAVEZ
  • Clinical test (MMPI/100 etc.)
  • Sack’s Sentence Completion Test
  • Lüscher’s colour test
  • Drawing test
  • Armstrong’s Multiple Intelligences Checklist
  • Holland’s Vocational Preference Inventory
  • Self-esteem questionnaire (Q-sort)
  • Processes at the contact boundary
  • Inventory of emotions experienced in contact with people
  • Consciousness training – identification of self, emotion, thought, body, the present, …
  • and others
  • CRABB, Larry. Uvnitř. Translated by Ivana Kadlecová. 1. vyd. Praha: Návrat, 1993. 216 s. ISBN 80-85495-27-9. info
  • ČAKRT, Michal. Typologie osobnosti pro manažery :kdo jsem já, kdo jste vy? Vyd. 1. Praha: Management Press, 1999. 257 s. ISBN 80-85943-12-3. info
  • GORDON, Claire. Znáš svou osobnost? Praha: Fortuna Print, 2006. info
  • MILLER, Arthur F. and Ralph T. MATTSON. Kdo jsem? 1. vyd. Praha: Návrat domů, 1998. 142 s. ISBN 80-85495-81-3. info
  • PREKOP, Jirina. Empatie : vcítění v každodenním životě. Vyd. 1. Praha: Grada, 2004. 131 s. ISBN 8024706725. info
  • SMÉKAL, Vladimír. Pozvání do psychologie osobnosti. Člověk v zrcadle vědomí a jednání. (Invitation to personality psychology. A man in the mirror of conscioussness and activity.). 2., opravené vydání. Brno: Barrister & Principal, 2004. 523 pp. Studium. ISBN 80-86598-65-9. info
  • GODWIN, Malcolm. Znáš se? 101 cest k sebepoznání. Praha: Fortuna Print, 2000. info
  • KEIRSEY, David and Marilyn M. BATES. Jaký jste typ osobnosti? Vyd. 1. Praha: Grada, 2006. 172 s. ISBN 8024714256. info
  • ROGERS, Carl R. Způsob bytí :klíčová témata humanistické psychologie z pohledu jejího zakladatele. Translated by Jiří Krejčí. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 1998. 292 s. ISBN 80-7178-233-5. info
  • ROHR, Richard and Andreas EBERT. Eneagram: devět tváří duše. Praha: Synergie, 1997. info
  • SCHMIDBAUER, Wolfgang. Psychická úskalí pomáhajících profesí. Translated by Petr Patočka. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 2000. 171 s. ISBN 80-7178-312-9. info
  • WIRTH, Bernhard P. Poznej sám sebe i druhé. Povahopis a řeč těla. Umění správně jednat s lidmi. Z německého originálu přeložil Jiří Pondělíček. 1. vydání. Praha: Ikar, 2002. 295 pp. ISBN 80-249-0112-9. info
Teaching methods
Lectures; class discussion; self-experience exercises; reflection; sharing and exchange of experience; literature reading; essay writing.

The course is organised mainly as commentaries on selected issues with self-experience exercises. Sharing and exchange of personal experience, and class discussion as well are invited.
Assessment methods
a) active participation in lessons and in self-explorationexploration – self-experience exercises, reflection on personal as well as shared experience, discussion
b) reading of recommended literature
c) semester paper – two variants: (1) essay on the topic “Knowing oneself and will to change”, or (2) critical analysis of a selected method of self cognition in personality psychology
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
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The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 1999, Autumn 2000, Autumn 2001, Autumn 2002, Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Spring 2006, Autumn 2006, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2018.
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