Report on Psychology Group Meeting - Meeting, Friday, 17 May 2019

Venue:  Dennis’s home in Sherburn    Chair:  John     Members present: 3   Apologies:  None

Report of the last meeting:  Taken as read

Matters discussed:

1]   As it had been two months since we last met we did a brief revision of the aspects of personality we had covered so far.  In particular we looked at the numerous definitions of the field and discussed the fundamental differences between the concept of personality and the numerous personality disorders which have been described by clinical psychologists and psychiatrists.

2]   We looked at the number of Wikipaedia articles on the subject of personality and were surprised at the sheer number available.  I suspect that the psychologist Eysenck was far more surprised in the 1950’s when about to study personality by a method called factor analysis and found that he had no less than at least 4,000 or more terms to initially choose from.

3]   There are many websites with video lectures available to choose from and we looked at clips from the Verywellmind site which offered clear definitions and briefly gave information on the 5 major theories of personality development.  Development is, however, only part of the story and we looked at the types and problems of personality testing in particular those associated with self-reporting assessments

4]   We then watched a video clip which clearly summarised in more depth what we had discussed.  Various personality tests were mentioned such as the Meyers-Briggs inventory popular with commercial companies, Cattell’s 16 Personality Factor Test and Eysenck’s 3 factor inventory.  Today, however, the most generally accepted personality theory is known as the 5 Factor Model.  Students remember this by using the acronym OCEAN standing for openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism.  The issue of the nature verses nature origins of our personalities as ever continues both scientists now think that a 50/50 balance of influence is most likely to be the case.

Next meeting:   Our next meeting will take place on the 21st June, from 2 to 4 pm at Dennis Kirby’s home.  If you require directions please email your request to me directly at:

John Moore – Group Leader.

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