Personality Theories Case Study by Jay Writtings LLC

Personality Theories
An application of several theorists' perspectives to a female college student's personality, attitudes and behaviors.
# 117871 | 1,337 words | 8 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 23, 2009 in Psychology (Freud) , Psychology (Social) , Psychology (Theory) , Psychology (Case Studies)

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The paper discusses the ideas of Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler and Henry Murray and applies their perspectives to Jeannie, a college student. The paper illustrates how various factors in Jeannie's life have had direct and indirect impacts on her personality and behaviors. The paper also discusses the research on five basic dimensions of personality referred to as the Big Five, and shows how the Big Five describe Jeannie's development leading to the specific traits that have become apparent.

Sigmund Freud
Alfred Adler
Henry Murray
The Big Five

From the Paper:

"Jeannie is nineteen years old and currently enrolled in college as a Journalism Major, but she is confused as to what her future holds for her and what her options are regarding her career. She is generally described as fun to be around by her large group of friends, but often irresponsible and impulsive. Academics are not her strong point; procrastination and excuses are typically involved when it comes to assignments and her failure to complete them. Jeannie smokes heavily and her roommate says that she is incredibly messy. It appears that she has low self-esteem as she is always making negative comments about her own looks and capabilities."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Boeree, C. G. (2006). Alfred Adler. Retrieved November 10, 2007, from Personality Theories Web site:
  • Freud, S. (1932). The anatomy of the mental personality. Retrieved November 10, 2007, from Philosophy Archive @ Web site:
  • Goldberg, L. R. (1981) Language and individual differences: The search for universals in personality lexicons. In L. Wheeler (Ed.), Review of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol. 2. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage.
  • McCrae, R.R., & Costa, P.T. (1987) Validation of the five-factor model of personality across instruments and observers. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 52, 81-90.
  • McCrae, R.R., & Costa, P.T. (1997) Personality trait structure as a human universal. American Psychologist, 52, 509-516.

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