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date: 01 October 2020

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This chapter discusses the challenges of teaching a personality course (strong traditions versus new methods, disconnect between what personality psychologists do and personality students learn, teaching a theory/theorist course or a research-based course, learning about oneself), along with suggestions of what to teach (e.g., theories, theorists, versus research), and how to enhance the teaching of personality psychology to undergraduates (e.g., original writings, demonstrations, experiential exercises, personality questionnaires, case studies, literature and film, research, opportunities for critical thinking). The chapter ends with an extensive guide to available online resources (e.g., professional associations, discussion lists, research opportunities, newsletters) for teaching personality psychology.

Keywords: teaching, personality psychology, Freud, trait, behavioristic, cognitive, self, humanistic, biological, evolutionary, personality theories, personality research

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