Vignette Analysis I
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. 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. Historically, a sense of self is not a Chinese concept. Even one’s name suggests a sense of connectedness to one’s family and culture. The telling of a full Chinese name helps others identify whether one is a daughter, cousin, aunt, or nephew in one’s family, along with their ordinal position. Instead, Joe’s parents have been unable to provide him with that sense of connectedness. Instead, none of the members of the family are functioning in within their traditional roles. Joe’s father is an absentee parent, who is either sporadically involved or completely uninvolved as a productive member of this family. Joe’s mother, due to her car accident is unable to fulfill her obligations as a traditional Chinese mother. Due to her injuries, the vignette describes her as an invalid, who requires that someone care for her. Chinese culture is largely influenced by Confucian philosophy. This philosophy emphasizes respect for authority, and the importance of education. But expectations for Chinese American children are high: adolescents are responsible for many functions including caring for siblings and family members, cleaning the home, and cooking meals. A child’s duty to the family is an accepted norm in Chinese. For example, emotional expression is considered harmful to one’s health and relationships, and children are encouraged to avoid it. Social- The responsibility of caring for his mother has fallen solely upon Joe, thus, Joe is unable to engage in an acculturated or traditional role as a college-aged teenager. For traditional Chinese American boys, fathers represented authority figures, and role models. (Asian American parenting and parent-adolesecent relationships, 2010). From a westernized theological perspective, Joe is negotiating Erikson’s intimacy vs isolation stage of psychosocial development, (1956). During this stage, young people are expected to form intimate, loving relationships with other people. They are moving toward more adult...
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