The Inter-relatedness of Gender Identity and Sexual Differentiation

Gender identity and sexual differentiation form a complex, interrelated paradigm involving genetic inheritance, internal and external physiology, endocrinology, neurological structure, sexual orientation, and socio-environmental factors. Before the 1950’s gender assignment at birth was a matter of ‘predominant sex’; in other words, dependent on the external genitalia, structure of gonads, and sex chromosomes (Cohen-Kettenis, 2005). In... 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 →

Theoretical Perspective on Paraphilias

Post your response to the following: Summarize the theoretical perspective on paraphilias assigned by your instructor. How would this theoretical perspective approach possible treatment of paraphilias? It appears that the psychoanalytic perspective of paraphilias centers around the castration anxiety associated with the Oedipus complex. During the phallic phase of Freud’s theory of psychosexual development, roughly... 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 →

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