Module 9 Psych Soc Strategy - Identity and Personality

  • Take two modules here

    Identity and Personality is one of our largest psychology chapters, and it's crucial. Additionally, we are at peak intensity in the sciences. In our science review, we are in the middle of biochemistry. In other words, because the psychology is challenging and because of the extra heavy science work-load, we have allocated two modules in the course schedule to complete Identity and Personality.

  • All the different models

    One of the challenges of the subject of Identity and Personality is that there have been many influential theoretical approaches for describing development. Piaget, Vygotsky, Freud, Erikson, Kohlberg. Along with the the differences in approach, the definition of development itself changes. It depends on the framework whether you are discussing cognitive development, moral development, or the development of identity. Be patient. Get the narrative down for each. Bring them into discussion with each other. Comparison and contrast is a useful next step, but don't expect that you can reconcile everything. For example, in both Freud's anal stage and in Piaget's sensorimotor stage, the infant gains the sense of themselves as a body in body-centered space, but the impetus is different. In Freud, the libido and pleasure principle are driving forces, while in Piaget, it is a programmatic developmental sequence.

Suggested Assignments

We are budgeting two modules to complete the work for Identity & Personality. Begin study of the conceptual treatment of Identity & Personality in your MCAT book-set and begin work on the odd numbered problems.

Begin reviewing the conceptual vocabulary for Identity & Personality using the illustrated conceptual primer on this site.

Extend practice using the Essential Concepts ANKI Deck to include the Identity & Personality cards. 

Integrated Course practice items: 

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