Over the years, many social scientists have offered a number of theories to explain personality trait and development. But while this debate continues, one aspect of personality development continues to engender a great deal of controversy: personality pathology. This area of concentration seems to have garnered more attention in recent years, as experts scramble to offer explanations and analysis for what appears to be a general decline in the moral fabric of American society, fueled by what appears to be a general coarsening of civility among certain segments of our population. Are more people simply being born with personality disorders that ultimately lead them down this path? Not so according to the basic principles of the psychodynamic theory.
The psychodynamic theory offers three basic constructs to understanding personality pathology: ego strength, defense style and mental representation of self and others. In this paper, the primary elements of the psychodynamic theory will be used to analyze the main character in the film Antwone Fisher. The psychopathology of the character will be identified, and an analysis through structure, process, growth and development and change will be explored. The role of the id, ego and super ego will be used to outline personality development and reasons for the evolution of psychopathology, along with the necessary adjustment needed to effectuate change when a flawed or less than desirable personality is allowed to emerge.
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