At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Describe the process of understanding the "inner self" and relationships.
2. Distinguish between the "self" and evolvement of personality.
3. Apply skills and techniques to control one's life and change one's behavior.
4. Identify skills to achieve a balance between emotional expression and control.
5. Identify effective communication skills for establishing and maintaining more satisfying
relationships with others.
6. Explain the evolution of a relationship: finding friends, becoming intimate, and discovering
7. Identify and utilize interpersonal conflict resolution strategies.
8. Identify life stressors and effective ways of coping with stress.
9. Distinguish between prioritizing values and defining meaning and purpose in life.
10. Compare and contrast the research and methodology on the myths and truths of happiness
and life success.
I. Introduction to understanding "self" and others
C. Perceptual awareness of culture, ethnicity, and gender
D. Developing new relationships
E. Research methodologies
A. Personality development
B. Stages of adult development
D. Individualism and collectivism
III. Capacity to Control Behavior
A. Self-control and external control
B. Social learning theory
C. Learning theory
D. Reinforcement and self-change
IV. Dealing with Emotions
A. Development of emotions
B. Emotional intelligence
C. Understanding culture and emotion
D. Benefits of expressing feelings
V. Interpersonal Communication
A. One- and two-way communication
B. Gender, culture, ethnicity, class, and communication
C. Active and empathetic listening
D. Person-to-person communication
VI. Developing Close Relationships
A. Dating and mating
B. Becoming committed
C. Communication problems
D. Growing together or apart
VII. Resolving Interpersonal Conflict
A. Dimensions of conflict
B. Behavior styles
C. Gender, culture, ethnicity, and conflict management
D. Methods of conflict resolution
VIII. Managing Stress and Wellness
A. Physical and behavioral effects of stress
B. Personality types
C. Gender, culture, ethnicity, and stress
D. Irrational and rational self-talk
IX. Meaning and Values
A. Classifying and clarifying personal values
B. Value indicators
C. Personal ethics, character, and integrity
D. Perceptions of significance
X. Life Goals, Happiness, and Well-being
B. Effective life planning
C. Contributors to success
D. Myths and truths about happiness
Becoming Aware: A Text/Workbook for Human Relations and Personal Adjustment. 12th ed. Walker, Velma. Kendall/Hunt. 2013
I Never Knew I Had a Choice: Explorations in Personal Growth. 10th ed. Corey, Gerald and Corey Marianne. Brooks/Cole. 2013
Psychology and the Challenges of Life: Adjustment and Growth. 12th ed. Nevid, Jeffrey and Rathus, Spencer. Wiley. 2012 (classic)
Personality and Personal Growth. 7th ed. Frager, Robert and Fadiman, James. Pearson. 2012 (classic)