Freud's Psychosexual Theory and Erikson's Psychosocial Theory

Describe two main psychoanalytic theories, including the contributions and criticisms of these theories. I have always been fascinated by Freud’s psychosexual theory of human development and the ID/Ego/Superego trichotomy. Although I will admit that Freud’s view of conscious/unconscious conflict and repression are very good at explaining some human behavior but cannot be readily isolated as... Continue Reading →

Psychoanalytical Structuralism Compared to Jamesian Functionalism

The great insight of psychological analysis, including Freud’s psychoanalysis, Adler’s individual psychology, Jung’s analytical psychology, and James’s “stream of thought” analogy; is that consciousness can be explained. However, there exists a gulf between the Jamesian understanding of consciousness and the traditional psychoanalytical approach, epitomized by the contrast between functionalism and structuralism, respectively. Whereas structuralism has... Continue Reading →

Life Span Development and Personality

Freud and unconscious conflict, Pavlov and learning, Darwin and natural selection; all of these great men of science developed theories to explain the world around us and within us. They did not, however, develop these theories outside the context of their surroundings, their upbringing, or their own personalities. President-elect Barack Obama will soon become the... Continue Reading →

Foundations of Psychology Paper

Psychology has taken many turns over time, from its beginnings in philosophy to the current study of biopsychology. Psychology has been, at its worst, an investigation of the murky waters of mysticism and, at its best, the study of how the physical brain interacts with the metaphysical mind. As currently defined, psychology is, “…the scientific... Continue Reading →

Critical Thinking and Sexual Decisions

Answer the following: How do you use the principles of critical thinking in making sexual decisions? I can remember from past classes that evidence of correlation does not necessarily mandate a direct connection. I can see now how many arguments are based on comparative logic rather than hard facts. In our text, I was particularly... Continue Reading →

The Stages of Sleep and Dreaming

Post a 200- to 300-word response to the following: Describe the stages of sleep. In which stage do we dream? When a person first shuts their eyes to go to sleep alpha waves begin to show up on the EEG (Pinel, 2007). These waves go up down in waves of 8 and 12 Hz bursts.... Continue Reading →

Bio-psychology and Its Theoretical Framework

Post your response to the following: In your own words, describe biopsychology and its theoretical framework. The theoretical framework for biopsychology reads like a laundry list of psychological theories; genetics, experience, perceptions. These three sound eerily like the psychodynamic theory, the behaviorist tradition, and social-cognitive theory. Add to that physiology and biopsychology seems to encompass... 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 →

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