This is a course about great ideas. In this course we will study a series of ideas concerning personality--but these should only be considered candidates for the title "great." In this course you will learn a lot about personality theories; but more importantly, you will learn to think critically about the greatness of ideas in psychology. What makes an idea great? What makes an idea bad? You may come away from this course feeling that some of the theories you have studied are indeed great, while some are bad, and others are mediocre. Different people are likely to arrive at different conclusions. The reading list represents an attempt to let both the proponents and the critics of the ideas speak for themselves. You will weigh their arguments and come to your own conclusions.

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