Main Essay Response DUE Saturday, July 3 at 11:59 PM CST (strictly between 500-8
Main Essay Response DUE Saturday, July 3 at 11:59 PM CST (strictly between 500-800 words) Classmate Response DUE Wednesday, July 7 at 11:59 PM CST (strictly between 250-350 words) (You must post your Main Essay first before you can view others' work) LATE POLICY Instructions for Substantive and Complete Discussion Topics APA Style required for in-text citations and references Official Statement on "credible outside-the-textbook sources" ALWAYS SHOW ADVANCE CRITICAL THINKING! Scoring of Discussion Topics DO NOT post your work as a file attachment! PART 1 Personality Theorists are in the unique position of studying the psychological mechanisms of action within a person—a person's "operating system". They have the monumental task of synthesizing the best information from diverse fields throughout psychology (and outside of the field) into a coherent, holistic configuration. In the course of their work, personality theorists address fundamental issues of human nature and individual differences. It has been suggested that a theorist's answers to the questions below will define their understanding of human nature. Below, I provided links to information that might help you understand the following questions better. Feel free to use the information (be sure to cite and reference accordingly, per APA formatting rules) or you may use your own research... Free will or determinism? Do we have a conscious awareness and control of ourselves? Are we free to choose, to be masters of our fate, or are we heavily subject to biological factors, unconscious forces, or external stimuli? Nature or nurture? Is our personality determined primarily by the abilities, temperaments, or predispositions we inherit, or are we shaped more strongly by the environments in which we live? Past, present, or future? Is personality development basically complete in early childhood? Or is personality independent of the past, capable of being influenced by events and experiences in the present and even by future aspirations and goals? Uniqueness or universality? Is the personality of each individual unique, or are there broad personality patterns that fit large numbers of persons? Equilibrium or growth? Are we primarily tension-reducing, pleasure-seeking animals or are we motivated primarily by the need to grow, to reach our full potential, to reach for ever-higher levels of self-expression and development? Optimism or pessimism? Are human beings basically good or evil? Are we kind and compassionate, or cruel and merciless? → For PART 1 of this discussion: Learners are instructed to compose a meaningful, but relatively brief essay that broadly addresses the above questions, demonstrating creative and advance critical thought (analysis, synthesis, and evaluation). By "broadly" I mean that you don't have to answer each question in a distinct fashion. Rather, I want you to discuss YOUR "theory of personality" that synthesizes and evaluates each of the above questions. Above, I provided links to information that might help you understand the aforementioned questions better. Feel free to use the information (be sure to cite and reference accordingly, per APA formatting rules) or you may use your own research. You are required to meaningfully incorporate Chapter 10 of the required textbook, and you are strongly encouraged to utilize credible-outside-the-textbook sources to bolster your essay. IMPORTANT NOTE: There may be a temptation to proselytize or sermonize this discussion. DO NOT do so! I am looking for scholarly thought derived from scientific research and analysis. PART 2 Prejudice is ubiquitous---meaning...it is everywhere! → For PART 2 of this discussion: Learners are instructed to compose a meaningful, but brief essay that identifies and discusses ONE (1) specific current/modern issue (social, political, religious, domestic, or foreign or some combination) that they believe BEST illustrates many of the concepts and principles of prejudice discussed in Chapter 11 of the required textbook. Fully explain why you identified this specific issue and how it illustrates prejudice and its related ideas. Additionally, discuss how the prejudice exemplified by the issue your chose can best be alleviated or solved for the better. I am looking for evidence of advanced critical thinking (analysis, synthesis, and evaluation). You are REQUIRED to meaningfully incorporate Chapter 11 of the required textbook and REQUIRED to utilize at least one (1) credible-outside-the-textbook source to bolster your discussion.

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