Thoughts on the Humanistic and Cognitive View of Personality of Roy and Moss

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Reaction Paper on The IT Crowd's episode "Are we Not Men"
Thoughts on the Humanistic and Cognitive view of Personality of Roy and Moss

There will come a time in our lives wherein we will evaluate ourselves and will try to reach our maximum potential. Carl Rogers believed that humans have one basic motive, that is the tendency to self-actualize - i.e. to fulfill one's potential and achieve the highest level of 'human-beingness' we can (McLeod). In the IT Crowd’s episode, “Are we not Men?” the two main characters, Roy and Moss are in the process of self- actualization and shows that they have self- discrepancies.

Self- concept, the development of an image of oneself is an important tool in human self- actualization. It is the image of oneself that develops from interactions with important people in one’s life (Ciccarelli and White 532) . Self- discrepancy is the mismatching of self- concepts.

For Rogers, a person who is in the process of self- actualizing, actively exploring potentials and abilities and experiencing a match between the real self and ideal self, is a fully functioning person (Ciccarelli and White 532). He also believed that for a person to achieve self-actualization they must be in a state of congruence. (McLeod)

Roy and Moss are clearly not in a state of congruence; their ideal self (the perception of what they should be or would like to be) is different from their actual self (their actual perception of characteristics, traits, and abilities that form the basis of the striving for self- actualization) (Ciccarelli and White 532). Their actual self can be described as being weird, as Moss stated but their ideal self, is be manly enough and be “proper men” who can hang out with women and proper men.

Observations, feedback from others and cultural values are factors that shape self- concept. The two started to question themselves whether they are “proper men” like the other men when Roy saw a group of men who were laughing with a group...
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