Alternative Theoretical Positions
For this section, you will select two or more alternative theories
in personality psychology and address the following. (Be sure to review Part Two of your
research table to support this section.)
i. Compare the theory to alternative theoretical positions that are currently used by researchers in
personality psychology. For instance, how do their key concepts compare?
ii. Assess the extent to which these alternative positions challenge the validity, weaknesses, or
biases of your chosen theory. Be sure to cite specific examples from published research in your
iii. Defend the contemporary use of the theory against the challenges you identified. Be sure to
support your defense with relevant research.
i. Apply your selected theory in explaining a real-world problem (e.g., PTSD) or phenomenon (e.g., social media use). How would your theorist understand this problem or phenomenon in
terms of its root cause and key characteristics? Be sure to cite relevant research in your
ii. Assess published secondary research for solutions with the potential to address this problem
or phenomenon. Does the contemporary use of your theory provide viable approaches to this
problem? What are they?
iii. Explain how this application relates to the theory’s larger contemporary relevance. In other
words, how does this application demonstrate your theory’s potential to advance knowledge in