The Culture of Personality

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Section 195: MW 5:00-6:15 pm
Fall 2018
Civic Engagement

In this course, we will examine the concept of personality and temperament through Susan Cain’s groundbreaking book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. We will explore the origin of temperament and the twentieth century cultural evolution that shaped the way we view personality ideals today. Further, we will investigate how various cultures view temperament and how temperament impacts the ways in which we lead, work, and communicate. You will engage in readings, discussions, reflections, in-class activities, and research to analyze the way your personality impacts your own life. Further, you will practice articulating your ideas through several modes of communication. Whether you are introverted or extroverted, this course will give you a deeper understanding of yourself, others and the world around you.  


Johnson, Katherine

Katharine received both a Masters of Education in Counseling and Guidance Services (1998) and a Bachelor of Arts in History (1994) from Clemson University. She has more than 17 years of experience in higher education in both academic and student affairs and her academic career has spanned the country from the University of Washington to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and most recently the University of North Carolina Asheville. However, Katharine found her home at Appalachian State University when she joined the Student Learning Center in 2017. With a passion for encouraging students to achieve their academic and career aspirations, Katharine draws upon her extensive experience in career counseling and instructing academic success skills courses to provide students with the knowledge and tools to manage their own college success.  

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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