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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   Teacher: Psychology Insights Online


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93% of students recommend

  “Excellent course, one of the best on Highbrow yet. Material was very organized and compelling all the way and I felt I was in the presence of a real expert while not bombarded with difficult terminology. I hope to see more courses from this author in future.”

  “I really appreciated how simple you made each trait and how you included little steps to work on each one.”

  “Fantastic course! Well planned and very enjoyable.”


Course plan

Lesson 1. What Is Personality?
Lesson 2. The Trait Perspective of Personality
Lesson 3. An Overview of the Big 5 Model
Lesson 4. Openness
Lesson 5. Conscientiousness
Lesson 6. Extraversion
Lesson 7. Agreeableness
Lesson 8. Neuroticism
Lesson 9. Interactionism in the Big 5 Traits
Lesson 10. Personality Change
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  • Format
    One lesson delivered via email daily
  • Duration
    10 days
  • Time
    5 minutes reading a day

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