PSBA014 Psychology of Personality I: Introduction to the Study of Personality

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2021
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Taught in person.
prof. PhDr. Marek Blatný, DrSc. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Marek Blatný, DrSc.
Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jarmila Valchářová
Supplier department: Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Fri 14:00–15:40 M21
Prerequisites (in Czech)
PSBA003 General Psychology I && PSBA009 Methodology of Psychology I
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
Aim of the course is an introduction to the basic concepts, models and theories in personality theory and research.
Learning outcomes
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts in personality theory and research. The attention is given to defining of personality, units of personality, structure and dynamics of personality, nature and nurture of personality, growth and development of personality, and methods of personality assessment. After the course students will be able to integrate theoretical and empirical level of research in interindividual differences. Obligatory part of the course is a research participation. Students will take part in research projects being conducted by members of the Department of Psychology (especially in the Psychological laboratory or in HUMElab). At the end of this course the students will be able to link theoretical knowledge and acquired experiences with their practical use in research.
  • 1. Introduction (aim of personality psychology, definition of personality, structure, dynamics, development). 2. Nature - nurture debate, proximal and distal environment. 3. Biological basis of personality: temperament. Definition, structure, theories (I. P. Pavlov, C. G. Jung, H. J. Eysenck, R. C. Cloninger etc.). 4. Structure of personality - traits. Definition, structure, theories (R. B. Cattell, H. J. Eysenck, Five Factor Model). 5. Cognitive units and abilities (intelligence, cognitive styles, classic and modern theories of intelligence). 6. Motivation, motivational models (hedonistic and growth models). 7. Self-concept and its dimensions, self-awareness. 8. Self-regulation. 9. Areas of current research in personality psychology.
    required literature
  • BLATNÝ, Marek. Psychologie osobnosti : hlavní témata, současné přístupy. Vyd. 1. Praha: Grada, 2010. 301 s. ISBN 9788024734347. info
  • BALCAR, Karel. Úvod do studia psychologie osobnosti. 2. opr. vyd. Chrudim: Mach, 1991. 217 s. : 2. info
    recommended literature
  • BLATNÝ, Marek and Alena PLHÁKOVÁ. Temperament, inteligence, sebepojetí :nové pohledy na tradiční témata psychologického výzkumu. Vyd. 1. Tišnov: Sdružení SCAN, 2003. 150 s. ISBN 80-86620-05-0. info
  • Handbook of personality development. Edited by Daniel K. Mroczek - Todd D. Little. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers, 2006. x, 528. ISBN 0805859365. info
  • Handbook of personality : theory and research. Edited by Oliver P. John - Richard W. Robins - Lawrence A. Pervin. 3rd ed. New York: Guilford Press, 2008. xv, 862. ISBN 9781593858360. info
Teaching methods
lectures, class discussion; participation in the psychological research OR essay on the topic from personality psychology
Assessment methods
Written test.
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2020.
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