Charles E. Darwin's Personality Research Paper by cardamine

An examination of Charles Darwins personality from a psychodynamic, psychological perspective.
# 150964 | 2,294 words | 6 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on May 15, 2012 in Anthropology (General) , Psychology (General)

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Although Charles Darwin's impact on society and science are legendary, the man, himself, was plagued by life long mental health issues which manifested themselves both physically and psychologically. This paper examines Charles Darwin's personality from a psychodynamic, psychological view point. His personality structure including aspects of the id, ego, and superego are discussed. Darwin's neurotic anxieties and defense mechanisms are also described.

Background for Choosing Charles Darwin
Brief Bio
A Psychoanalytic View of Darwin
Darwin's Personality Structure

From the Paper:

"Upon his return from the Beagle voyage, Darwin drew much attention as a bright, up-and-coming scientist. He spent much time cataloging his prodigious collections of specimens and frequently published and gave presentations. He married his cousin Emma Wedgewood and they had 6 sons and 4 daughters. But Charles' past continued to haunt him. Throughout his adulthood Darwin buried himself in work like his father had done, often commenting that work "is the only thing which makes life endurable" and work "alone makes me forget myself" (Bowlby 1990). Several years after his marriage he began formally developing his Theory of Natural Selection and once written he sat on it for more than a decade - fearful of releasing his novel ideas. During this hiatus, he wrote several more books, studied barnacles for more than 8 years (yes, barnacles for 8 years), and began studies in plant physiology. After publication of his theory Charles had increased anxiety and dysfunction and couldn't even defend his ideas publicly; he had to take on the help of another scientist, Thomas Huxley, who contemporaries would name Darwin's Bulldog."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barlow, Nora (editor). 1958. The Autobiography of Charles Darwin 1809-1882. W. W. Norton & Company. New York, NY.
  • Bowlby, John. 1990. Charles Darwin: A New Life. W. W. Norton & Company. New York, NY.
  • Bradbury, Andrew J. 2005. Charles Darwin - The truth - Father to Man - Of Father Figures - In Sickness and in Ill Health.
  • Colp, Ralph Jr. 1977. To be an Invalid: The Illness of Charles Darwin. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL.
  • Desmond, Adrian and Moore, James. 1991. Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist. W. W. Norton & Company. New York, NY.

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