What is ethos, pathos, and logos? And how can I better understand it?
Ethos is demonstrating credibility in your paper; pathos is what demonstrates the emotion in your writing; and logos is what persuades you. Think of a stop sign, the ethos of the stop sign is something we see as an authority, you better stop here! Now when it comes to pathos, it is hard to get an emotion from a stop sign but you sure do get an emotion when you see one, right? You know that you have to stop or you can get in trouble which gives you some anxiety. The logos of the stop sign is cut and dry, as said by my own professor Nancy Edele "Stop here or you might die".
What is the distinction between a lay person and a psychologists understanding of personality?
A lay person is looking at just the persons traits and a psychologist is looking at what the person is actually made of.
What is Rhetoric?
Rhetoric is how you get what you are trying to say across in either a speech or in writing. A notable speaker who had wonderful rhetoric would be Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his "I have a Dream" speech. There are three elements in rhetoric that help you to know what you are trying to do-- context, purpose, and audience.