PSYE207 Personality Psychology, Part 1


This course introduces students into the domain of personality psychology. We shall look for answers to the questions: what is personality and how is personality studied? We will examine the basic theories of personality in order to understand how personality is organised, how it functions and develops.

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Psychology (in English)


Asst. Prof. Martin Yankov, PhD

Course Description:


Students who complete this course:

1) will know:

• Basic knowledge of personality theories and their scientific and practical implications.

• During the course students will be researching, writing and presenting their work.

2) will be able to:

• Understand and use specialized literature on personality

• Analyse personality theories and approaches

• Relate ideas and facts on personality structure, processes, growth and development

Students are required to have the following knowledge and/or skills:

General notions of psychology and psychological research will be helpful.

Full-time Programmes

Types of Courses:

Language of teaching:


  1. Introduction to personality psychology: Key concepts
  2. Introduction to personality theories
  3. Sigmund Freud. The psychoanalytic theory of personality.
  4. Alfred Adler. Carl Gustav Jung.
  5. Karen Horney. Harry Sullivan.
  6. Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development.
  7. Erich Fromm and the authoritarian personality.
  8. The humanistic approach. C. Rogers
  9. Self-actualization. A. Maslow
  10. Gordon Allport and his traits’ theory.
  11. Behaviorism. Skinner’s theory of personality.
  12. George Kelly’s theory of personal constructs
  13. Albert Bandura’s social learning theory.
  14. Abnormal personality. Review.
  15. Conclusion. Test.



Schultz, D., & Schultz, S. E. (2016). Theories of personality (11th ed.). CENGAGE Learning Custom Publishing.

Ewen B, R., & Ewen, R.B. (2010). An Introduction to Theories of Personality: 7th Edition (7th ed.). Psychology Press.


Ellis, A., Abrams, M., Abrams, L. (2009). Personality theories: Critical Perspectives. London: Sage.

Ewen, Robert B. (1993). An introduction to theories of personality. Mahwah: Erlrlbaum.

Hall, C. S., Lindzey, G. (1958, 1963, 1970). Theories of personality. New York: John Wiley & Sons

Hjelle, L.A. and Ziegler, D. J. (1992). Personality theories: basic assumptions, research, and applications. New York: McGraw-Hill

Larsen, R. and Buss, D. (2005). Personality Psychology: Domains of knowledge about human nature. Boston: McGraw-Hill.

McAdams, Dan P. (1994). The Person: An Introduction to Personality Psychology. Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace & Co.

Pervin, L. A. (1993). Personality: Theory and research. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Pervin, L. A. et al. (Eds.) (1990). Handbook of Personality: Theory and research. New York: Guilford Press.


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