PSY 405 Personality Theory Analysis

PSY 405 Personality Theory Analysis

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This exercise will help you integrate what you have been learning. Imagine that you have the opportunity to interview an aging family member or aging friend. Pick one that you look up to, admire. (You can make things up if you don't know, or write about someone who has died, or write about a fictional person or a famous person). Write 1-2 pages describing their personality and the major influences (biological, events in life, events in society, cultural, family, etc.) that shaped their personality. (Use words that describe their personality, not just behavior. If they were friendly, what was that just to you or was it a pervasive quality in their life?). Use behaviors to support your assessment of their personality (She was friendly or agreeable with most people she knew. I remember many times when she did (or said or acted)....). Imagine that you send this description to two personality theorists (ones you have been studying in this course). Pick two different groups of theories. So you could send to Maslow (humanistic) and Freud (psychodynamic) for example. The two theorists respond to your description. Each of their responses is about 200-300 words. (So Maslow has a response, then Freud responds). Here's a summary of your paper: 1. Whom are you writing about? 2. Describe their personality. 3. Describe the major influences on their personality (NOT influences on their life, but on their personality -- relate it back to personality. The bios in the text of the theorists are good models.) 4. Which theorists do you send your description to? 5. What do the theorists (each of them) say in response. Make sure you have an intro and conclusion. Your total paper should be 1,400- to 1,750-word paper in APA style. Use your textbook. Please NOTE: The rubric on the right will not correspond entirely to this assignment. Use my paper rubric (posted in announcements) as your guide.


Industry-versus-inferiority stage- This stage occurs between the ages of ... and social interaction become important factors during the child’s development. It is during this stage that Jobs began ... from a normal development. Jobs had great difficulty with school not because of the ... but rather he was ahead of his class at learning. At one ... were told that he could skip two grades (Sen, 2012). In an effort to ... development, his parents only allowed him to skip one grade (Sen, 2012). This decision may have impacted Jobs by not allowing him to ... his feelings of competency. According to Erikson, this stage is vital in the development of ... known for his over confidence and arrogance (Sen, 2012). Perhaps this was a reaction to not being ... with academics.