Antwone Fisher Personality Analysis

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Antwone Fisher Personality Matrix: Who Will Cry for the Little Boy? Sharon L. Moses March 7, 2010 Capella University COUN5214 – Theories of Personality Dr. Sola M. Kippers Introduction In looking at the character of Antwone Fisher, the phenomenological theory will be utilized. Carl Rogers is credited with the initial approach in his client or person-centered theory of personality development and psychotherapy (Wachtel, 2007). Within this approach Rogers was seeking what he described as a “kinder and gentler” theory and therapy model. The development of one’s personality is the focus of his theory. The goal of his person-centered theory was to achieve change in one’s personality on not only the surface but on a deeper level (Farber, 2007). The three core conditions Rogers felt were necessary to achieve change were empathy, unconditional positive regard, and genuineness. According to Rogers’s, his hypothesis for person-centered theory was “when a therapist demonstrates the ‘core conditions’ of unconditional positive regard, empathic understanding, and congruence and when the client perceives these at least to a minimal degree, then psychotherapeutic personality change and its positive correlates are inevitable (Kirschenbaum & Jourdan, 2005, p. 41).” This theory was chosen in analyzing the personality development of Antwone Fisher because it is this learner’s opinion that when working with traumatized individuals, especially those abused in childhood, empathy is the key to helping them. Person-centered theory and Rogers’s core conditions spoke to this learner whose long-term goal is to work with children who have been traumatized and suffer from disrupted attachment patterns. In working with children, or even adults such as Antwone, patience, empathic understanding, and acceptance, as well as congruence or genuineness and positive regard
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