Biological and Humanistic Approaches to Personality

Topics: Psychology, Abraham Maslow / Pages: 4 (1201 words) / Published: Aug 20th, 2014
Biological and Humanistic Approaches to Personality
Jesse Ruffin
PSY/250
August 1, 2014
University of Phoenix
Biological and Humanistic Approaches to Personality
Personality is complex, and each 's personality characteristics are unique. Personality has been studied and explained over the years from the likes of Freud, Jung, Adler, and countless other psychologist and is directly linked to Maslow 's theories of biological and humanistic approaches to personality. We will examine the attachment theory assessment and the basic aspects of Maslow 's humanistic theory. Using attachment data will help describe the early relationship between my primary care-giver and me. The attachment theory assessment is designed to measure one 's attachment style and the way in which they approach close relationships.
The proponents of humanistic theory focused on the potential of an individual and emphasized on the core growth and self-actualization. Maslow 's basic belief of humanistic theory is that all people are naturally good socially and emphasizes that individuals have control determining their mental health (All Psych Online, 2011). The theory is also credited with having environmental influences. Humanistic theory has helped in removing some stigma in therapies and the influence it had on individuals opening them up to explore their potential. Maslow 's Hierarchy of needs is the belief system of humanistic psychology (All Psych Online, 2011). The basic premise behind this hierarchy is that we are born with certain needs" (All Psych Online, 2011). In order for us to succeed in life is to move up on the hierarchy system. There are five levels to Maslow 's hierarchy needs system.
In the hierarchy needs system, the first need is physiological. It is the need for food, water, shelter, oxygen, and sleep. Second level is safety, the need for security and safety. For example, the need for steady employment. Next level is belonging the needed acceptance. In



References: All Psych ONLINE. (2011). Retrieved from http://allpsych.com/personalitysynopsis/maslow.html Farley, Brennan, & Waller, (2000). Journal of personality and Social Psychology, 78(), 350-365.

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