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Assignment 1: Discussion Assignment

The discussion assignment provides a forum for discussing relevant topics for this week based on the course competencies covered.

For this assignment, make sure you post your initial response to the Discussion Area by Saturday, June 11, 2016.

To support your work, use your course and text readings and also use outside sources. As in all assignments, cite your sources in your work and provide references for the citations in APA format.

Start reviewing and responding to the postings of your classmates as early in the week as possible. Respond to at least two of your classmates. Participate in the discussion by asking a question, providing a statement of clarification, providing a point of view with a rationale, challenging an aspect of the discussion, or indicating a relationship between two or more lines of reasoning in the discussion. Complete your participation for this assignment by Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

Gordon’s Idea of the Real and Idealized Self

According to Gordon Allport, prejudice often involves the prejudgment of individuals because of their real or perceived group memberships.

Based on your understanding of this theory, reply to the following:

  • Discuss in detail the proposition given by Allport about prejudice that identification with all humankind can significantly reduce negative prejudice.

Also, Gordon Allport and Raymond Cattell differ in their approaches to researching personality, with Allport using the idiographic approach and Cattell using the nomothetic approach.

  • What are the main differences between the two approaches? Discuss at least two pros and two cons of each approach.
  • Does research gain from using the Big Five factor theory instead of using either Cattell's model or Eysenck's model? Discuss.
  • Does the Big Five factor theory limit research? Explain.

Hans Eysenck argued that personality is largely biologically determined, or is hereditary.

  • Discuss this proposition.
  • Provide evidences that support and negate this proposition?
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