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Study Questions - Social Cognitive & Trait Theories

    "I've never met a person, I don't care what his condition, in whom I could not see possibilities. I don't care how much a man may consider himself a failure, I believe in him, for he can change the thing that is wrong in his life any time he is ready and prepared to do it. Whenever he develops the desire, he can take away from his life the thing that is defeating it. The capacity for reformation and change lies within." -- Preston Bradley

    1. How is it possible that, in the same family, one child may be lively and out going and another may be shy and withdrawn?

    2. Why might newlyweds discover that the person they married is not the person they thought they knew?

    3. What are some of the reasons that we should be cautious in believing self reports of dramatic behavioral changes?

    4. Do you think that all four theories of personality could be reduced to one?

    5. A psychological test in a magazine promises to tell you the kind of mate that is perfect for you. Can you believe it?

Topics in Psychology
Robert C. Gates
Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity.  -- Freud