Self Justification Term Paper by Nicky

Self Justification
A look at the theories of human behavior and the attitude of self justification.
# 145534 | 2,232 words | 10 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 14, 2010 in Psychology (Freud) , Psychology (Theory)

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The paper explores how people change their views based on evidence that is presented to them, and how they then justify themselves that it is the right thing for them to do. The paper discusses the ideas of Freud, Erikson and Adler, and outlines the self-presentation theory, cognitive dissonance theory and self-perception theory.

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From the Paper:

"Sigmund Freud is probably the most popular and well-known psychologist in the field of personality. His work with the id, ego, and superego is still widely used and accepted today, and although some dismiss his beliefs, what he had to say about personality was very powerful. For example, Freud believed that there was both a conscious and an unconscious mind, and that the two are both present in all people. The unconscious mind is the source for much of our personality, because it controls all of the basic human desires that many people don't even realize they have. They are not conscious thoughts, but rather drives and feelings that seem to come 'from nowhere' (Beoree, 1997)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ajzen, I., & Fishbein, M. (1980). Understanding attitudes and predicting social behavior. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: PrenticeHall.
  • AllPsych Online (2003). Alfred Adler's Individual Psychology. Retrieved from http://allpsych. com/personalitysynopsis/adler.html
  • Aronson, E. (2007). The Social Animal. New York, NY: Worth Publishers.
  • Beoree, C. G. (1997). Sigmund Freud. Retrieved from
  • Festinger, L. (1957) A theory of cognitive dissonance. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

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