Integrate Multiple Theorists: Cognitive Theory vs. Psychodynamics

Post your response to the following: Integrate multiple ideas from theorists you have studied during this course to construct your own personality theory. I have always leaned more towards behaviorism and away from psychodynamics and cognitive theory. After this class though I have started to incorporate social-cognitive theory into my preferred means of understanding human... Continue Reading →

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Personal Narrative

The great motivational writer Orison Marden once said, “Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers…that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action” (Marden, n.d.). The evolution of my young adult life has been marked by words such as these. During these past few years, I have been struggling with identity versus role... Continue Reading →

Personality Theory Presentation

Slide 1 Behaviorism and social-learning theory both seek to describe human behavior in the context of social learning and culture. These viewpoints exclude any affect genetic information plays in behavior, but rather only consider observable behavior shaped by our environment. Slide 2 In order to put things in perspective it is important to understand that... Continue Reading →

Motivation Evaluation

Les Brown (n.d.), the famous big band player, once said, “We all need some form of deeply rooted, powerful motivation – it empowers us to overcome obstacles so we can live our dreams.” This quote hits at the very center of the need for motivation. I mean, why do we need to be motivated? Put... Continue Reading →

Erickson’s Timeline

I had always thought that Freud’s theory of psycho-sexual development was somewhat incomplete as if life stopped after adolescence. I am pleased to learn that someone carried Freud’s work into young adulthood and beyond. I also enjoyed how Erickson explained the psycho-sexual cycle of Freud through dichotomies (McAdams, 2006). As for me, I believe that... Continue Reading →

Character Evaluation

The film Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott (2000), has always been one of my favorite films. It is a classic film, in that the hero dies while completing his life’s journey. The hero of the film is Maximus, a general in the Roman army during the height of the Roman Empire. To make a long... Continue Reading →

Personality Clusters Exercise

Select three of the five clusters. In 200 to 300 words, explain where you think you fall within the spectrum of each. Of the five clusters, where do you think your personality fits overall? As I read the description of the Big Five Traits (McAdams, 2006) I was struck how I have attempted to moderate... Continue Reading →

Stages of Ego Development

Explain Jane Loevinger’s stages of ego development in 200 to 300 words. Include manifestations that might appear during each of the stages. I-2 (Impulsive) This stage occurs during early childhood. This is basically an egocentric stage, with the child categorizing people in “mean to me” or “nice to me” groups (McAdams, 2006). During this stage,... Continue Reading →

Personal Personality Observations

Post a 200- to 300-word response to the following: How have you used the scientific process (unsystematic observation, building theories, and evaluating propositions) in your life to better understand your personality? Provide an example in your response. One of my all-time favorite books is Personality Plus by Florence Littauer. My mother had to read it... Continue Reading →

Personal Experiences: Personality

Post a 200- to 300-word response to the following: Do you think this event changed your personality? If it has changed your personality, how has your personality been changed? If the event has not changed your personality, why not? Never mind the details, but when I was 15 I dropped out of school and went... Continue Reading →

Motivation Theories: Freud and Rogers

Post a 200- to 300-word response to the following: With which of the motivation theories do you agree most? I do not always agree with Freud’s outlook on the psychology of the human mind but in the area of motivation, psychoanalysis holds its own. I do agree with Freud that sexual fulfillment (life instincts) and... Continue Reading →

Interactionism: Culture and Personality

Post a 200- to 300-word response to the following: What influence does culture have on personality? A major influencing factor on the degree to which culture affects personality is whether the culture is collectivist or individualist (McAdams, 2006). Certain traits such as friendliness might be construed in a collectivist society as beneficial; whereas, in an... Continue Reading →

History of Modern Personality Psychology

Directions: Using the matrix, list at least five events or major concepts from each of the three periods in the history of modern personality psychology. 1930 - 1950 †Up until the 1930s American psychology was considered nomothetic because it only tested general principals and laws of behavior. On the other hand, personality theorists pointed to... Continue Reading →

A Negative Self-Schema and Social Interactions

Post your response to the following: Explain how having a negative self-schema affects one’s social interactions. Well, from what I understand, self-schemas help fill in missing information and simplify incoming data. I would be particularly worried about a negative self-schema when it comes to filling in data. With a negative self-schema, someone might see something... Continue Reading →

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