Understanding the Self: Personality Theories

Overview

Who am I? Why am I this way? Why do I make certain choices? Can I change? This beginners' day school presents the main personality theories, and explains how psychologists measure it. The history behind personality measurement, as well as Freudian, behavioural, and neuroscientific theories will be explored.

This one-day course is intended to provide an introduction to the field of personality to non-psychologists.

It aims to familiarise you with general principles in personality psychology so that they can apply various approaches in order to better understand themselves and others.

Topics covered include basic definitions of personalities and its measurement, trait theory, psychoanalytic theories, neurobiological research from brain scanning studies and theories of emotion and motivation. The course describes the key tools used in assessment of personality traits. It also considers abnormal personality and the definition, diagnosis and treatment of personality disorders.

Programme details

All times UK times, BST (GMT+1)

10.00am
Who are you? What is personality?

11.15am
Break

11.35am
Trait theory, reliability and validity of personality measures

1.00pm
Lunch break

2.00pm
Freud vs. the Behaviourists

3.15pm
Break

3.45pm
Biological theories, emotion and motivation

5.00pm
Course ends

Fees

Description Costs
Standard course fee £75.00

Funding

If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit or are a full-time student in the UK you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

Concessionary fees for short courses

Tutor

Dr Anna Scarna

Tutor

Dr Anna Scarnà is a psychologist who is interested in language, personality traits, and psychological disorders. Her research has been on non-drug treatments for mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder, and autism in females. Anna's most recent work has involved the occurrence of trauma in chimpanzees who were taught sign language, and her first book with Robert Ingersoll, friend and carer of Nim Chimpsky, is called Primatology, Ethics and Trauma and is published by Routledge.

Application

Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please contact us to obtain an application form.

IT requirements

The University of Oxford uses Microsoft Teams for our learning environment, where students and tutors will discuss and interact in real time. Joining instructions will be sent out prior to the start date. We recommend that you join the session at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time – just as you might arrive a bit early at our lecture theatre for an in-person event.

If you have not used the Microsoft Teams app before, once you click the joining link you will be invited to download it (this is free). Once you have downloaded the app, please test before the start of your course. If you are using a laptop or desktop computer, you will also be offered the option of connecting using a web browser. If you connect via a web browser, Chrome is recommended.

Please note that this course will not be recorded.