Integrative Personality Theory
assignment calls for you to employ what Gordon Allport (1968) called systematic
eclecticism. Prior to beginning work on this assignment, review the section
entitled “Convergence of Theories: Eclecticism, Integration, and Unification” in
Chapter 1 of your text.
In this paper, you will complete the
assignment which you began in week three and create your own theory of
personality development by synthesizing the concepts and constructs of all the
theories that seem most accurate and appropriate to you and by using those
concepts to reflect on your own personality and development.
minimum of eight scholarly sources related to these concepts in the Ashford
University Library to support your statements in the paper. Popular websites and
your textbook may augment, but they will not count toward, the minimum number of
sources needed for the paper. The following content and headings must be
included in your paper.
Please visit the Ashford Writing Center for
guidance on how to format headings in APA Style. Also, please take note of the
suggestions provided for the length for each section in the instructions below.
Provide a general introduction to the topic of
theories of personality. Explain what you plan to cover and describe the
direction your paper will take. This section will not feature a heading, and it
will be approximately two to three paragraphs.
In this section, you will present the seven specific
concepts identified from the seven models you think best apply to the study of
personality in distinct subheadings. For each concept, identify the major
personality model from which the concept was taken as well as the theorist
associated with that model. This completed section will be approximately four
to five pages.
In this section,
present the concepts you have chosen to exclude in your theory of personality
development. Reflect on the basic assumptions that define personality and
identify three specific excluded concepts from any of the theories studied in
the course. For each of the excluded concepts, provide a rationale explaining
the various aspects of the concept that make it unsuitable for your use. This
section will be approximately one to two pages.
Differences between Healthy and Unhealthy Personalities
basic differences between healthy and unhealthy personality, based on the
concepts that you have chosen to include and exclude from your theory. This
completed section will be approximately one page.
The Roles of
Heredity, the Environment, and Epigenetics
Provide your analysis of
the roles heredity, the environment, and epigenetics play in the development of
personality. Discuss how heredity and the environment might affect personality
disorders. This completed section will be approximately one page.
Assessment and Measurement of the Theory
the major concepts you have selected for inclusion and provide a brief
description about how those concepts are measured and/or assessed. Review the
assessment sections of each chapter and discuss those measures you think are
most applicable and effective. This completed section will be approximately one
In this section of the paper,
review the self-reflection you wrote in Week One of this class and describe how
and in what ways your views have or have not changed. Analyze your Week One
self-assessment using the concepts that you have included in your integrative
theory and describe how your theory explains your personality. This section will
be approximately one page.
Provide a brief conclusion that summarizes the
ideas presented in your integrative theory of personality. This section will not
feature a heading and it will be approximately two to four
Allport, G. W. (1968). The person in psychology: Selected
essays. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.
The Integrative Personality Theory
- Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length (not including the title
page and references page) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in
the Ashford Writing Center.
- Must include a separate title page with the following:
- Title of paper
- Student’s name
- Course name and number
- Instructor’s name
- Date submitted
- Must use at least eight scholarly sources in addition to the course text.
- Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing
- Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA
style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.