1. The study of personality is a methodically organized set of constructs that describes a hypothetical analysis of a person’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors. How could the study of personality help us to understand Joe’s personality dynamics? Discuss possible cultural, social, familial, and genetic influences on his personality structure.
Oberst & Stewart, (2003), noted that according to Adler, (1956), we are all born with a sense of inferiority and we strive to reach a sense of superiority. Joe once stated, “I will never be good enough.” This statement alludes to Joe’s sense of inferiority.
Jung’s theory implies that we are made up of animus and anima and that is how we search for our unique mate and feel complete. He also felt that our unconscious personality is made up of archetypes which are primordial images inherited by our ancestors.
Neurosis in relationships was a Karen Horney, (1994), theory, which included 3 manifestations: Moving toward people; moving against people; and moving away from people. Joe has not demonstrated evidence of having moved towards his family as a whole, but he has expressed that he wishes his father dead. This expression is an indication that he is against his father’s behavior and hopes that he will continue to be away from him.
Cultural- As licensed clinicians, it is important to engage in culturally competent practice, (Fong & Furuto, 2001). Joe is of Chinese American heritage. Within the vignette, his familial practices with regard to their heritage are not discussed. Cervone & Previn, (2010), provide insight that a traditional family of Chinese heritage would be quite interdependent. Without dysfunction, Joe’s father would likely work as the patriarch within the family as a unit. One who leaves the family for selfish reasons is considered selfish, as their behavior is not typical of a traditional Chinese father.... [continues]
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