Introduction to Personality Psychology: The Big 5 Traits

This course is designed to introduce you to the world of personality psychology. Specifically, the course will focus on The Big 5 Trait Theory, the most dominant and commonly utilized personality theory in psychology, which is comprised of five unique traits: openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism.

In this course, you will learn what each of these traits are, how they predict real-life behavior, how traits interact, and whether personality can be changed. After completing this course, you will have a more in-depth understanding of why people do the things they do, as well as new insight into your own personality.

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Created by Dr. Daniel McGrath
10 lessons
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About the author

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Dr. Daniel McGrath is an associate professor of psychology in Canada. He holds a PhD in experimental psychology and has substantial research expertise in consumer behavior, addictions, personality, and cognitive psychology. His research program has resulted in over three dozen publications in scientific journals.

In addition, Dr. McGrath regularly teaches university undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology, including Introductory Psychology, the Psychology of Addiction, Drugs and Behavior, Personality Psychology, Health Psychology, Social Psychology, and the Psychology of Persuasion.

In his spare time, Dr. McGrath enjoys hiking in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, bodybuilding, and spending time with his family. He is excited to share his knowledge of psychology on Highbrow and hopes you enjoy taking his courses as much as he enjoyed making them.