Project #14888 - Psychology

Your study of personality should not stay in the abstract. Theories are best when they help us understand people. For example, meet Steve, a guy whose pattern of behavior with women is self-destructive and stuck at the most superficial level. His desire for a relationship with women does not extend beyond the physical and sexual. Why is he like this? How can we understand him? In this Assignment, you will analyze Steve’s behavior, applying a Freudian approach to determining the cause of Steve’s dysfunctional attitude toward women.

To prepare for this Assignment, read about Steve in Case Study: Sigmund Freud, found in this week’s Learning Resources. 

  3 to 5 page APA-formatted paper that includes the following:

  • Briefly explain Freud's views on the levels and structure of personality.
  • Explain how Freud accounts for people becoming fixated in a stage of psychosexual development.

 

 

Psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic theories provided the first comprehensive model of personality and a foundation for studying human behavior. This foundation led to experimentation, study, research, and the formulation of theories focused solely on the individual and his or her behavior. These behaviors were believed to originate from unconscious conflicts. Each theorist offered different reasons for the conflicts residing in the unconscious. The goal was to resolve the conflicts and ease the tension between the conscious and the unconscious in the individual, thereby leading to a more mentally healthy, integrated individual. The intent was to take these ideas and find new ways to understand ourselves, the people in our lives, and how our personalities affect interactions and relationships. In this Assignment, you will reflect on psychoanalytic theories and their applicability in explaining human behavior.

To prepare, review this week’s Learning Resources on psychoanalytic theories. Think about how you would apply these theories in your personal and professional life.

Submit by Day 7 a 2- to 3-page APA-formatted reflection paper that addresses the following:

  • Explain any insights you gained about the psychoanalytic theories introduced in the Learning Resources.
  • Explain how the application of these theories might help you understand yourself and your personal and professional relationships.
  • Include a paragraph indicating whether or not you find psychoanalytic theories effective for explaining human behavior.
  • According to Freud's theories of psychosexual development, in which stage is Steve likely fixated?
  • Explain the likely cause of Steve's fixation.
  • Explain aspects of Freud's theories that would explain Steve's behavior toward women.

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Due By (Pacific Time) 10/20/2013 02:00 pm
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