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Chapter 13: Personality
Italicized=not a key term but important
(I) How Do Psychologists Study Personality?
Personality: dynamic organization within the individual of those psychophysical systems that determine
his characteristic behavior and thought
Personality is organized ( its it not a list of traits but a whole ) , its dynamic ( its goal seeking,
sensitive to context and adaptive to environment ) its psychophysical ( personality arises from
biological processes )
Freud: Psychodynamic Theory:
Freed observes patients with disturbances and comes up with the psychodynamic theory: unconscious
forces influence behavior, Freud called it instincts: mental representations arising from biological or
Freud says people satisfy lifes instincts by following the pleasure principle (go for pleasure and avoid pain)
which is driven by an energy called libido
Topographic model mind separated to 3 zones:
o Conscious level- ppl aware of thoughts ,
o Preconscious thought not in awareness but can be brought to awareness,
o Unconscious-material u cant retrieve, thoughts including anxiety, pain desire that
cant be retrieved.
Freudian slip: info leaks into consciousness, person reveals a hidden motive excuse me I dont think weve
been properly seduced
Children go through psychosexual stages, libido is focused on one of the erogenous zones: the mouth , the
anus or the genitals
1. Oral stage : from birth to 18 months , pleasure is through the mouth , pleasure associated with
sucking while breastfeeding ,
2. Anal phase: focus on the anus children 2 to 3 , toilet training
3. Phallic : 3-5 , focus on genitals children discover the pleasure of rubbing their genitals , even
though theres little evidence frued think children desire a relationship with the opp sex parent.
Children develop hostility to the same sex parent called Oedipus complex in boys. Children
resolve this by taking on same sex parents values and beliefs.
4. Latency stage : libidinal urges are suppressed or channeled into doing schoolwork or building
5. Genital stage : adolescents and adults attain mature attitudes about sexuality and adulthood
Some ppl become fixated at a stage during which they receive excessive parental restriction or indulgence.
o Those fixated at oral stage develop oral personalities: continue to seek pleasure through
the mouth ex. Smoking,
o Those fixated at anal stage have anal-retentive personalities: being stubborn and highly
regulating can arise from overly strict toilet training or excessive rule-based child
Id Acting on impulse and desire, driven by sex and aggression
Superego The internalization of parental and societal standards and conduct, developed during the
phallic stage, based on morality or conscience
Ego Satisfies wishes of the id while being responsive to the dictates of the superego, reality
principle- rational thoughts and problem solving
Conflicts between the id and superego lead to the ego coming up with defense mechanisms: mental
strategies that the mind uses to protect itself from distress. Anna Freud came up with them.
1. Rationalizing: blaming situational factors over which they have little control, coming up
with excuses prevent ppl from feeling bad
2. Reaction Formation: when a person wards off an uncomfortable thought about the self by
embracing the opp thought
Neo-Freudians: include: Carl Jung, Alfred Adler, Karen HorneyChapter 13 2
Aldred and Horney criticize frauds view on women.
Neo-Freidans focus on social interactions, rather sexual forces. Focus on object relations theory: the object
of attachment is another person, such as a parent or spouse.
1950s humanistic emphasize personal experience and belief systems, humans seek to fulfill their potential
(self actualization), humanism focuses on subjective human experience (phenomenology e.g. Maslows
Carl Rogers approach person centered approach-to personality emphasizes ppls personal understanding
o Rogers focuses on parents and how they raise their kids, parents who whit hold their love from
their kids if they dont do what they want, the kids abandon their dreams for this not to happen.
Rogers said parents should raise their kids with unconditional positive regard: children
accepted/loved no matter what and this kid will become a fully functioning person
Subjective well being degree of happiness and satisfaction, across culture well being varies, wealthiest
country has the highest level of satisfaction, ppl who are resilient experience more positivity,
Broaden and build theory - positive emotions allow ppl to come up with new solutions
Personality type: discrete categories based on global personality characteristics
Implicit personality theory: our tendency to assume certain personalities go together or predict stuff based
on minimal evidence ex: thinking introverts dont like parties
Trait approach-provides method for assessing the extent to which individuals differ in personality
dispositions, such as sociability, cheerfulness and aggressiveness.
o Catellcomes up with factor analysis: grouping items according to their similarities
Eysenicks Hieratical Model: