Case Study 1 Freud

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Case Study 1 Sigmund Freud 1. What a personality (or character) type does Hank display, according to Freudian theory? Provide evidence for your answer. At what stage is Hank fixated, according to the Freudian perspective? Find evidence of fixation in the case study. What would have caused this fixation? Looking back at the case study I was stuck between two personality types which are oral and anal. My example for oral is his uncontrollable eating and smoking that he uses as a comfort. My example for anal is this type of personality is less likely to conform to the norm. He didn’t have many friends and spent most of his time with computer rather than what people his own age were doing. The stage that I feel Hank is fixated on is the oral stage. In the beginning of the case study they talk about what a bad day Hank had and because of it he was eating a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Then he sparked up a cigarette which they stated made him feel better. I feel his mother was the cause of the fixation. Instead of correcting Hank when he was out of hand she distracted him with food. This played a big hand in why Hank finds comfort in food. 2. Would Freudian theory describe Hank’s eating and argumentative behaviors as being internally or externally motivated? Explain the motivation. Hank’s eating and argumentative behavior is internal. This is because Hank is fixated on the oral stage by indulging in food and cigarettes when he is upset. His argumentative behavior comes from low self-esteem and from being sheltered by his mother. His lack of interaction with his peers and desire to find a girlfriend drives his frustration. 3. Find an example of a Freudian defense mechanism that Hank uses in this description. Explain it. I would describe his defense mechanism as rationalization. Hank felt that Sally broke up with him because he is overweight and smokes. He said

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