My Theory of Personality
While studying the theories given by scholars such as Freud, Adler, and Horney, one cannot help but forming an opinion of what is right and what is wrong. During class, I would see flashes of things and think, “wow, that actually sounds correct to me”, but there were many other times when I found myself disagreeing or sometimes snickering at the ridiculous of some theories. Weighing each theory studied, I believe I have found different parts of each psychologist that creates one concrete theory that I believe whole-heartedly. This theory takes a little from almost everything theorist studied, with some of my own original ideas brought from a Christ-centered viewpoint.
There are many ideas from Freud, but not all are correct in my eyes. His idea of sex as the primary motivation in life does not line up with my theory, but I do like the idea of the Id, Ego, and Superego. The Id, the pleasure-seeker, is definitely alive in the human realm. We like to be happy and feel good and that drives us. Our Superego must regulate the Id with our morals. Everyone has different moral standards, so each person’s superego is different. The ego then directs us how to approach things; we use our morals to weigh against what we want, and then act. It’s all very smooth and I believe fits well into my theory. That is really the only piece I could take from Freud without having to accept at least part of his sexual theories.
Being a Grace College student, I have heard about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator far more than I care for, but in that time I have had the chance to study it and its contents thoroughly. This assessment instrument rooted in Jung’s theory really does help to categorize certain personality traits. I enjoy that it does not go so far as to try to explain what makes each trait or put a positive or negative spin on the results, but simply lays out the fact in a straight-forward manner. The ideas of introversion and extraversion categorize...
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