Psychologists who study personality are interested in the consistent ways in which people think, feel, and behave. In this course we will focus primarily on influences that reside within the individual, while not ignoring the important role of external (situational, social, or cultural) influences. The readings, class discussions, and assignments will provide you with an understanding of the major classic and contemporary theoretical approaches to personality and how they influence the research questions psychologists ask, the methods they employ, and their interpretation of the results. This understanding should enable you to make informed judgments about both the causes and consequences of individuals’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviors