Analysis of a Personality
For this assignment, you will have a chance to put into practice all you have been learning throughout this course. You will analyze the personality development of one of the theorists studied in this course from three different theoretical perspectives.
Choose one of the theorists you have studied this term. Use your textbook, the Internet, and the Argosy University online library resources to research the life history of the theorist.
Do the following:
Describe the major life events of the theorist that you feel influenced his or her personality development.
Describe the cultural influences that had an influence on the chosen theorist’s personality development.
Analyze this person from Freud’s psychoanalytic perspective.
Analyze this person from two other theoretical perspectives studied in this course, except for the trait perspective.
Summarize and present your critical opinion about how well (or not) these theories explain the person.
Grading Criteria Maximum Points
Description of influential life events that shaped the theorist’s personality development.
(Course Objective [CO2]) 44
Description of cultural influences on the theorist’s development
Analysis of theorist using Freud’s psychoanalytic perspective
Analysis of theorist from two other theoretical perspectives
Evaluates how well these theories explain the person
(CO 2) 52
Usage and Mechanics (16)
APA Elements (24)
Style (8) 64
The chosen theorist is Erik Erikson. Erikson is widely known for his famous theory of psychosocial development together with the notion of an identity crisis. The theories of this theorist brought about a shift in thinking when it comes to personality. The theory by Erikson redirected focus from just early childhood events to how social influences bring about personality throughout the entire lifespan.
Life events that influenced his personality development
The major life event that influenced the personality development of Erikson not knowing his biological father. Erikson was born on June 1902 in Frankfurt, Germany (Batra, 2013). What turned out to be clear is that his mother and father had separated before he was born. A fact that is closely guarded is that he was a child of his mother from an extramarital union. He got a chance to see the first husband of his mother, that is, his father. He was raised by his mother (Karla Abrahamsen) for a long time before the mother getting married to Dr. Theodor Homberger, a physician.
The idea that Dr. Theodor Homberger was not the biological father of Erikson was concealed for a long time. When Erikson came to know the truth that Theodor was not his father, he was left with a feeling of confusion, especially when it comes to his true identity.
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