Online course in Health & Psychology

Introduction to Psychology: The Psychology of Personality

Explore the complex factors and influences that help shape our personality and examine what makes us different, and why.

Introduction to Psychology: The Psychology of Personality

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 6 hours
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Learn about about the complexities of personality, and what makes us - us

On this course, you’ll examine the factors that influence something as complex as your personality. You will explore the work of Freud on the psychodynamic perspective of personality, and consider theories of behaviourism, humanism and personality traits, considering how personality is influenced by the culture of the society in which you were raised.

You will also investigate models, theories and approaches of pioneers who contributed to our understanding of personality before examining personality tests to determine how they can be used to better understand our decision making process.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsASSOCIATE PROFESSOR MATTHEW E.

Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsMUNDY PHD: Like many other aspects of our lives, our personality helps differentiate ourselves from other people. Why do some people enjoy being the centre of attention while others prefer solitude? How does success or failure change us? As a science, how does psychology attempt to explain and measure personality, and determine how it influences our behaviour? Hi. I'm Matthew Mundy, and I'm the Director of Education for the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University in Australia. In this course, you'll investigate the psychology of personality. You'll be introduced to the dimensions that psychologists believe are important for measuring personality, and you'll explore the mental processes we use to manage challenging or difficult situations.

Skip to 0 minutes and 55 secondsMany of you have probably completed a personality test at some time in your life. In this course, you'll investigate the psychometric properties of a personality test, and find out how different types of tests can provide us with useful insight into human behaviour. This introductory course is designed for everyone, regardless of experience or background. However, learners who have already completed a bachelor degree in a discipline other than psychology and who are interested in expanding their science and research skills would be able to receive additional benefits from this course. No prior study of psychology is required or expected.

Skip to 1 minute and 31 secondsThe great thing about this course is that it's part of a set of courses that create a for credit pathway into Monash University's fully online graduate diploma of psychology. That means learners who successfully complete the full set of courses, and who were accepted into the graduate diploma in psychology, will receive one unit of academic credit. So if you want to learn about personality and how it influences our behaviour, and you're ready to complete a set of courses that prepare you to enter a fully online course by a school of psychological sciences that's ranked among the best in the world, then I encourage you to join us in this course.

What topics will you cover?

  • Freud, the psychodynamic perspective, and Neo-Freudians
  • Defining and assessing personality
  • Humanistic and learning approaches
  • Trait theories and biological influences
  • Culture and gender

When would you like to start?

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    This course started 14 Oct 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explain why psychologists are better able to determine a person’s personality than non-psychologists.
  • Identify at least five defence mechanisms and provide examples of each.
  • Apply the concept of self-efficacy in your own life and identify ways that self-efficacy can be changed.
  • Identify five dimensions psychologists believe are important for measuring personality.
  • Explain at least three psychometric properties of a personality test.
  • Compare objective and projective personality tests.
  • Explore how four different personality theories may explain a simple case study.

Who is the course for?

This introductory course is for anyone interested in psychology - you don’t need any past experience.

It might be of particular use to learners who have already completed a Bachelor degree in other disciplines who are interested in expanding their science and research skills.

Complete this course, then the program

This course is part of the Introduction to Psychology Program, based on the first unit of Monash University’s fully online Graduate Diploma of Psychology (GDP).

Learners who successfully complete the seven courses in the Program and who are accepted into the Graduate Diploma of Psychology will receive one unit of academic credit.

Who will you learn with?

Assoc Prof Matthew Mundy

Assoc Prof Matthew Mundy

I am Associate Professor and Director of Education for the School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University, Australia. My research is in the cognitive neuroscience of memory and perception.

Who developed the course?

Monash University is one of Australia’s leading universities, ranked in the world’s top 1% by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It was established in Melbourne in 1958.

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