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Ashford 6: – Week 5 – Final Paper

Integrative Personality Theory

For your final paper, you will complete the rest of 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.  Remember to use the template provided to guide you through the steps.

Research a 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.  

Instructions:
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.

Major Concepts
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.   

Excluded Concepts
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.   

The Differences between Healthy and Unhealthy Personalities
Describe the 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
Reflect on 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 page.

Self-Reflection
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 paragraphs.

Allport, G. W. (1968). The person in psychology: Selected essays. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.

The Integrative Personality Theory paper:

  • 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 Center.
  • Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • One Scholarly Source is Provided below:
  • Foundational Frameworks of positive psycology mapping well being orientations
  • Authors:Lambert, Louise. Department of Psychology, Canadian University of Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    Passmore, Holli-Anne. Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, BC, Canada, [email protected] 
    Holder, Mark D.. Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, BC, CanadaAddress:Passmore, Holli-Anne, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, ARTS 280-H, 1147 Research Road, Kelowna, BC, Canada, V1V 1V7, [email protected] Source:Canadian Psychology, Vol 56(3), Aug, 2015. Special Issue: Positive Psychology / La psychologie positive. pp. 311-321.Publisher:US : Educational Publishing FoundationOther Journal Titles:Canadian Psychological Review/Psychologie canadienne; The Canadian Psychologist; Canadian Psychologist/Psychologie canadienneOther Publishers:Canada : Canadian Psychological AssociationISSN:0708-5591 (Print)
    1878-7304 (Electronic)ISBN:1-4338-2150-8Language:EnglishKeywords:eudaimonia, hedonia, well-being, positive psychology, character strengthsAbstract:The scientific study of well-being has been strongly influenced by ideas from a number of related fields, including different areas of psychology. Two major philosophical traditions—hedonia and eudaimonia—underscore much of our current understanding of well-being, and are reflected across early and contemporary psychological theories of well-being. These traditions help delineate the various conceptualisations of well-being and its components; moreover, these traditions influence which research questions are asked, and where and how answers are sought. This has resulted in a plethora of categories and terms referring to similar, yet distinct, concepts such as: well-being, happiness, optimal or positive experiences, life satisfaction, and flourishing. Given the difficulties of distinguishing these concepts, this article aims to provide clarity by delineating the major orientations in positive psychology. We provide a “road-map” to theories and models of well-being found within positive psychology, thereby providing a starting a point from which an integrative framework of theories and models of well-being can be developed. To that end, also included in this review is a selection of well-being models that lie beyond the traditional frameworks. We conclude with a consideration of several criticisms that have been directed at positive psychology, and provide recommendations for future directions. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)Document Type:Journal ArticleSubjects:*Personality; *Philosophies; *Positive Psychology; *Theories; *Well BeingHedonismPsycINFO Classification:Personality Psychology (3100)Population:HumanFormat Covered:ElectronicPublication Type:Journal; Peer Reviewed JournalPublication History:Accepted: May 15, 2015; Revised: Apr 26, 2015; First Submitted: Feb 14, 2015Release Date:20150817Correction Date:20160609Copyright:Canadian Psychological Association. 2015Digital Object Identifier:http://dx.doi.org.proxy-library.ashford.edu/10.1037/cap0000033 PsycARTICLES Identifier:cap-56-3-311Accession Number:2015-37443-005Number of Citations in Source:134Database:PsycARTICLESSecond Scholarly Is Provided below:
  • Bored to fears: Boredom proneness, paranoia, and conspiracy theories.Authors:Brotherton, Robert. Department of Psychology, University of London, London, United Kingdom, [email protected] 
    Eser, Silan. Department of Psychology, University of London, London, United KingdomAddress:Brotherton, Robert, Department of Psychology, University of London, Goldsmiths, London, United Kingdom, SE14 6NW, [email protected] Source:Personality and Individual Differences, Vol 80, Jul, 2015. pp. 1-5.NLM Title Abbreviation:Pers Individ DifPage Count:5Publisher:Netherlands : Elsevier ScienceISSN:0191-8869 (Print)Language:EnglishKeywords:Conspiracy theories, Paranoia, Boredom proneness, Personality, BeliefsAbstract:The present study examines the relationships between paranoia, conspiracist ideation, and boredom proneness. A sample of the general public (N = 150) completed the Paranoia scale, the Boredom Proneness scale, and the Generic Conspiracist Beliefs scale. Bivariate correlations revealed significant interrelationships between the three traits. Further analysis revealed that the relationship between boredom proneness and conspiracist ideation was fully mediated by paranoia. That is, proneness to experiencing boredom is associated with stronger endorsement of conspiracy theories only in as much as boredom proneness is associated with increased paranoia. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)Document Type:Journal ArticleSubjects:*Boredom; *Paranoia; *Personality; *TheoriesAttitudesPsycINFO Classification:Personality Traits & Processes (3120)Population:Human
    Male
    FemaleAge Group:Adulthood (18 yrs & older)
    Young Adulthood (18-29 yrs)
    Thirties (30-39 yrs)
    Middle Age (40-64 yrs)
    Aged (65 yrs & older)Tests & Measures:Paranoia Scale-20
    Boredom Proneness Scale-28
    Generic Conspiracist Beliefs Scale   DOI: 10.1037/t41554-000Methodology:Empirical Study; Quantitative StudySupplemental Data:Other InternetFormat Covered:ElectronicPublication Type:Journal; Peer Reviewed JournalPublication History:First Posted: Feb 26, 2015; Accepted: Feb 6, 2015; Revised: Feb 2, 2015; First Submitted: May 5, 2014Release Date:20150413Correction Date:20150817Copyright:All rights reserved.. Elsevier Ltd.. 2015Digital Object Identifier:http://dx.doi.org.proxy-library.ashford.edu/10.1016/j.paid.2015.02.011 Accession Number:2015-12443-005Number of Citations in Source:52Database:PsycINFO

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