Personality and Personality Theories - Lectures by Peter G. Ossorio, Ph.D.

Ossorio, P.G. / Published 1974 / Presentation

Acknowledgement The Society would like to thank the Peter G. Ossorio Estate for permission to offer these recordings on our website. Our hope is that by making them available in this way that they will be accessed by a much wider audience.
Presenter Peter G. Ossorio, Ph.D.
Date Fall, 1974
These lectures, accessed using the links below, are from a graduate level course during the Fall Semester, 1974, that was given by Dr. Ossorio "to first-year clinical psychology graduate students at the University of
Colorado, Boulder, with a number of more advanced students auditing" and were taped by C.J. Peek, Ph.D. with Dr. Ossorio's permission. A CD containing the entire set of these lectures was first distributed in 2007 to members of the Society for Descriptive Psychology.

This course was offered again in the Summer Semester, 1976. It was transcribed and first published by the Linguistic Research Institute (LRI) in 1977 as LRI Report No. 16, Personality and Personality Theories. It was re-published in 2015 by Descriptive Psychology Press (DPP) as Personality and Personality Theories: The Collected Works of Peter G. Ossorio Vol. IX. A PDF of the LRI Report can be accessed from the Peter G. Ossorio Collection at CU Scholar, by using a link on this page. A PDF of the DPP volume can be accessed here. Although from a later version of the course, consulting this version can still be helpful when used in conjunction with the 1974 lectures.
In addition to the lectures themselves, the 2007 CD also included a number of supporting files and information, including the following:

1. An historical note about the course, by Mary K. Roberts, Ph.D.
2. A copy of the text for the course — Outline of Descriptive Psychology for Personality Theory and Clinical Applications — in the same version that students used in 1974.
3. A second text for the course was: Hall, C.S., & Lindzey, G. (1970). Theories of Personality, 2nd Edition). New York: John Wiley & Sons.
Used copies of this older text are available from multiple websites.
4. The video of Fritz Perls and Gloria analyzed in Lectures 5-3, 6-1, and 6-2 is available here
5. At the start of Lecture 12-1, a few minutes of the lecture are missing. The previous week, a student had asked the question, “How come you seem to be saying that if you’re asleep, you’re not behaving?” Dr. Ossorio returns to that question, and starts with a set of cases where someone is awake but not doing anything.
Lecture Content
NoteThroughout these lectures Dr. Ossorio refers to specific sections of the "Outline of Descriptive Psychology for Personality Theory and Clinical Applications." Please download a copy of that document, using the link above, in order to follow these references.
0-1 The Person Concept - Concepts; Conceptual-notational devices; Parameters of behavior
0-2 The Person Concept - Behavior parameters and values; Observation and inference
1-1 The Person Concept - ID, S parameters; Verbal behavior; Calculational systems
1-2 The Person Concept - Forms of behavior description; Diamond notation; Operations
1-3 The Person Concept - Cautions; Reduction operations; Causality; Persons
1-4 The Person Concept - Person Characteristics
2-1 The Person Concept - Person Characteristics; Pathological states; Needs
2-2 The Person Concept - Person Characteristics; Reasons
2-3 The Person Concept - Critic judgments; Maxims
3-1 The Person Concept - Maxims; Reasons and wants
3-2 The Person Concept - Maxims; Developmental Schema
3-3 The Person Concept - Maxims; Observers; Relationship Formula
4-1 The Person Concept - Relationship Formula; Emotion Formulas
4-2 The Person Concept - Emotional behavior
4-3 The Person Concept - Relationship Change Formula; Process format; Intrinsic practices
5-1 The Person Concept - Negotiation; Horrible examples; Bargaining
5-2 The Person Concept - Judgment Diagram; Influence Principles; Self-presentation; Status
5-3 Fritz Perls and Gloria
6-1 Relationship of Fritz Perls and Gloria
6-2 Fritz and Gloria conclusion; AOC approach to theories; three questions; Freudian instinct
6-3 Two formulations of Freudian instinct
7-1 Lecture 6 review; historical perspective on Freudian theory; Freudian theory
7-2 Freudian theory; Justification ladder
7-3 Developmental schema; Freudian theory - displacement
8-1 Freudian theory - ego defense mechanisms, distortion
8-2 Freudian theory - oral, anal, phallic stages; Value and falsifiability of theories
8-3 Introduction to Allport’s trait
9-1 Allport’s principle of functional autonomy; Changes in parametric values
9-2 Allport 2
9-3 Allport 3
10-1 Allport 4; Operant conditioning 1
10-2 Operant conditioning 2
10-3 Operant conditioning 3
11-1 Operant conditioning 4; Existential theories 1
11-2 Existential theories 2
11-3 Existential theories 3
11-4 Existential theories 4; Actualization, guilt, world design, mode of being
12-1 Student questions on existentialism
12-2 Mental concepts; Aristotle