Course Description

In this Personality Development course you will learn in-depth information about personalities. You will gain a better understanding about those around you and also more about who you are and how you got to be that way.

This course starts with a basic introduction of personality. It then goes on to look at theories of personality development, the stages of development theories, key researchers in personality psychology, and the main influences on personality development. You will also delve into looking at basic personality traits, including values, beliefs, and nature versus nurture. You will learn about your own personality and how you can use that information in career choices and to make changes. You will also learn about some personality disorders and how to put all the information together to use it to your personal or career advantage.

With this course you can literally stop wondering about why you or someone you know behaves in a particular way. By the time you complete this course you will know how someone's personality develops and how that information can be useful.

This course is especially helpful for those who are striving to learn more about who they are, which direction their life should take, and understanding others around them. This course is also great for those working in human resources and want to learn more about personalities and how that may impact hiring new professionals.

There is no doubt that you have heard the term "personality" since you were a child. We use it frequently in speaking. We even take personality tests to try to gain a better understanding of our own, but just what is personality?

In this course, we will work to define personality and how it develops. With that, you also will learn about the various theories in personality development, stages of development, personality traits, and moral development. You also will learn about different types of personalities and use some tools to help determine yours.  

This course also includes learning about some of the most popular researchers of personality, making personality changes, personality disorders, how personality matters in your career, and personal growth. 

By the time you complete this course, you should have a well-rounded foundation of personality development and be ready to put it into use, for either personal or professional matters. 

Because personalities are so much a part of our lives, it is fascinating to study them. The more you know about personality development, the better you are able to understand why someone may be the way she or he is or why you do some of the things you do. 

Personality development refers to those traits that have stood the test of time and remain constant with an individual.
Did you know?

There is a branch of psychology that focuses only on studying personality. It is referred to as "personality psychology," and there are people who have careers in this field. Personality psychologists understand human behavior, conduct research, and work in a wide variety of government, nonprofit, and corporate settings.

Why Does Personality Development Matter?

You now have an idea of what personality is. But why is it important to study it? There are many reasons, including that the more you know about personality development, the more you know about yourself and those around you and the better able you are to work with others.  

For example, if there is something about a co-worker's personality that irks you, it can be beneficial to understand personality development so you know how the person may have gotten that way. Perhaps there are things about your own personality that puzzle you and cause you to wonder why you are that way.

Understanding personality development can help shed light on you or those around you, especially when it comes to issues such as:

  • trust;
  • honesty;
  • openness;
  • agreeableness;
  • extroversion;
  • conscientiousness.  

It can even help give you a better understanding about someone's individual traits that involve organization skills and punctuality, sensitivity level, efficiency, curiosity, and so much more. 

Personality development matters because in our lives we deal with many people, while in homes, on the job, and out in the public. The more you know and understand the topic, the more you are able to use that to your benefit in understanding yourself and those around you. This can help you with both personal and professional relationships. 

We Are All Unique

Generally speaking, we are all unique, although often identical twins share very similar personality traits. This is because the two main things that influence one's personality are the same. Those are nature, the way we are born, and nurture, our upbringing and experiences.  

Identical twins share the same genetic make-up. If raised together, they may share the same nurture. That does not mean identical twins definitely will share the same personality traits, however. It may make it more probable, but each will have his or her own experiences that help shape personality development. Interestingly, identical twins who have been raised apart may share some traits in common but also will likely have personality traits that differ as a result of their nurturing and experiences over time. 

Identical twins aside, we all have unique personalities. We were born with our own set of genes, and the nurturing we received growing up played an important role in helping to develop who we are as adults. Even though some people may share some personality traits, they are still unique and do not have the same personality as someone else. 

Unless you have an identical twin who had the same nurturing during childhood, take pride in knowing you are unique! 

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  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
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Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Introduction to Personality Development

In this lesson you will be introduced to what personality is, why it matters, and how we are all unique. 1 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Personality Development; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction

Lesson 2: The Developing Personality

In this lesson, we begin to look at how personalities develop and take a look at the three main influences. 19 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 1: Introduction to Personality Development
  • Assessment: Lesson 2: The Developing Personality

Lesson 3: Stages of Development

In this lesson, we begin to look at the stages of development, including a look at theories by Sigmund Freud and Erik Erikson. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 3: Stages of Development

Lesson 4: Need a Little Personality?

Lesson four looks at Maslow's hierarchy of needs and how they impact personality. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 4: Need a Little Personality?

Lesson 5: Basic Personality Traits

In this lesson, we will look at some of the basic personality traits, as well as the big five factors. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 5: Basic Personality Traits

Lesson 6: Moral Development

Lesson six focuses on the development of morality and Kohlberg's stages. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 6: Moral Development

Lesson 7: Personality Type

Lesson seven is all about basic personality types and discovering what yours is. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 7: Personality Type

Lesson 8: Hearing Jung Out

Lesson eight provides a look at some of the psychologists who have contributed to the study of personality, including Carl Jung, as well as decision-making. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Personality Theories
  • Assessment: Lesson 8: Hearing Jung Out

Lesson 9: Personality and Career Choice

This lesson focuses on matching your career choice and personality, why it matters, and self-efficacy. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 9: Personality and Career Choice

Lesson 10: Changing Your Personality

In this lesson, we will discuss changing one's personality, including if it can be done, being yourself, and individuality. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Personality Changes
  • Assessment: Lesson 10: Changing Your Personality

Lesson 11: Personality Disorders

This lesson focuses on some of the various personality disorders that are known, including symptoms, causes, and treatments. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 11: Personality Disorders

Lesson 12: Do Opposites Really Attract?

This lesson focuses on what happens when you get opposite personalities (or like ones) together. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 12: Do Opposites Really Attract?

Lesson 13: Personal Growth

Lesson thirteen focuses on personal growth, including ways you can work to make improvements, journaling, and setting goals. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 13: Personal Growth

Lesson 14: Working on Personality Changes

Lesson fourteen focuses on working on personality changes, including staying focused and motivated, watching your body language, and dealing with other people. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 14: Working on Personality Changes

Lesson 15: Putting It All Together

This final lesson covers putting everything this course has used all together. 53 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Lesson discussions: End of Course Poll; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Assessment: Lesson 15: Putting it All Together
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe how a personality develops.
  • Define the stages of personality development.
  • Describe basic personality traits.
  • Describe how morals are developed.
  • Define personality types.
  • Describe Jung theories about development.
  • Describe how personality affects career choices.
  • Describe methods for changing your personality.
  • Describe personality disorders.
  • Describe how to work on personality changes.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Additional Course Information

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Course Title: Personality Development
Course Number: 7550352
Course Requirements: View Course Requirements
Lessons Rating: 4.4 / 5 Stars (1,882 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $75.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "I found the instructor to grade the lessons quickly and gave positive feedback, which really mattered to me. I liked the breakdown of the famous psychologists and how they impacted psychology. For instance, Erik Erickson's theory I found both helpful and fascinating. I could identify with very stages of life and saw how this stage (66) is quite normal how I'm viewing my life." -- Marilyn W.
  • "I am very interested in this topic, so all of it was a great experience and I found very helpful to learn." -- Coleen K.
  • "What was most helpful to me was learning about my own personality and how to relate that to others and their personalities." -- Misty M.
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