Psychology of Adjustment

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The course presents the ways in which psychological principles apply to effective personal adjustment and development.  Emphasis is on identifying, developing, and maintaining personal strategies for appropriate psychological and emotional adjustment.


CAVEAT: No graduate credit will be awarded if HBD4725 has been successfully completed.



  • Understanding the process of personal adjustment and discussing its implications.
  • Analyzing how competence and flexibility relate to intellectual adjustment.
  • Assessing the emotional response theories of selected theorists.
  • Analyzing adjustment to stressful situations using immature and/or narcissistic coping mechanisms.
  • Analyzing adjustment to stressful situations using mature, purposeful coping mechanisms.
  • Determining the implications of psychotherapeutic intervention for optimum personal adjustment.
  • Understanding the maintenance of interpersonal security, self-esteem, and the assimilation of the data of experience as functions of the self.
  • Comprehending the concepts of diffusion of responsibility and blind obedience to authority as they relate to the personal evaluation of behavior.
  • Correlating attraction, friendship, and love in interpersonal relationships.
  • Applying the theories of adjustment to personal development.
  • Illustrating the motivational relationship of human needs to adjustment and development.
  • Applying the principles of Positive Psychology.
  • Comparing the relationship of psychological factors to physical illness.
  • Tracing the development of various forms of parent-child relationships and their implications for the effective development of both parties.
  • Analyzing the nature of emotional response and emotional paradox as they relate to emotional adjustment.
  • Comprehending the nature of primary and secondary drives as motivational processes.

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