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Searching for the Definitive Personality Theory
This paper represents the author's search for the ideal personality theory, which then is applied to a therapeutic approach.
# 25502 | 2,920 words | 6 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 29, 2003 in Psychology (Freud) , Psychology (Rogers) , Psychology (Theory)

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This paper reviews many prominent personality theories:

William James, Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, Abraham Maslow, Alfred Adler, Margaret Mahler, Otto Kernberg, Buddhists, Carl Rogers, Heinz Kohut, Erik Erikson, Karen Horney, Albert Bandura and Rollo May. The author believes that these theories are broad and simply defined, but there is not yet a collective theory of personality that can be applied to everyone.

From the Paper:

"William James believed in the psychology of the consciousness. James understood, unlike many of his predecessors, that consciousness is selective. ... Sigmund Freud felt consciousness was anything that a person is aware of at a particular time. Alternatively, John B. Watson believed that the consciousness does not exist and all human behavior is conditioned. Overall, this writer feels that the consciousness does exist as a personality construct and is, therefore, difficult to define. Consciousness should be seen as a state of being, a factor of living and experiencing life. A person making a conscious decision has made that decision based on the knowledge presented and using the processing that is unique to that particular personality."

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