Benet-Martínez – Cultural Influences on Personality and Bicultural Identity
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1. Defend a position on the role personality
psychology plays in the broader field of psychology and its relevancy to
2. Propose appropriate solutions to complex
problems that draw upon contemporary principles and current research in
3. Analyze foundational theories of personality
for their historical context, theorist’s biases, research methods, and
relevance to current thinking in the field
4. Evaluate the continued relevancy and accuracy
of classic theories of psychology in the context of contemporary research
5. Assess personality psychology practices in
terms of their appropriateness for diverse populations
Specifically, the following critical elements must
Select and analyze a foundational theory of
personality for its historical context, theorist’s biases, and research
Aspects you will address in this analysis would
include the following:
the background of your theory. This means including key biographical
information related to the theorist (not simply providing biographical elements
about the theorist) and the historical context in which the theory was
developed. For example, were there important world events that may have
influenced the theorist? B.
B. Analyze the essential characteristics of the
theory. This is a section in which you begin to incorporate relevant research
that demonstrates the development of the theory. For example, was the theory a
reaction against other forces in psychology of the time or an extension of the
work of an earlier theorist?
2. Evaluate this theory’s continued relevance,
validity, and corresponding accuracy in the context of the contemporary
principles and current research findings in this field.
A. Evaluate the validity and corresponding accuracy
of the theory. Validity of a theory relates to such issues as how well the
theory explains behavior, how well the theory makes testable predictions, and
how well those predictions are supported by research.
B. Evaluate the aspects that are relevant in the
field today and the ones that are not. What is the current thinking in the
field using evidence from recent research? Note that “recent” research is
defined as within the last five years.
3. After analyzing and evaluating your selected
foundation theory and theorist(s), you will use this lens to analyze a complex
problem in the field of personality psychology that draws upon this theory and
propose an appropriate solution to that complex problem that draws upon
contemporary principles and current research findings in this field.
how your theory relates to the problem. For example, if you are addressing
psychoanalytical theory and the current complex problem you are addressing is
child abuse and neglect, explain how your theory relates to or explains this
B. Ensure that the solution you propose is
consistent with the theory and contemporary relevance of the problem you have
identified. How would your selected theorist approach this problem? For
example, if you have selected one of the existential theorists, how might he or
she conceptualize the current problem of PTSD? What specific approach would the
theorist take in dealing with this problem? How valid do you find this
approach? If there is available research related to the application of this
theory to this specific problem, describe that research here. Also, consider
describing research that you believe would help inform this issue.
4. In discussing your solution, assess how
personality psychological practices differ in terms of their appropriateness
for diverse populations and application practices.
applicability of your selected theory in terms of its appropriateness for
diverse populations. Applicability of a theory generally relates to how well
the theory can be applied to real-world situations. In other words, how well
can your selected theory be applied in a variety of cultural situations? o
Include examples of how the approach to implementing your solution in practice
might differ based on the target population.
a cogent thesis and thesis argument that will clearly defend a position on the
role personality psychology plays in the broader field of psychology and its
relevancy to practical issues.