Psychoanalytic Personality Assessment

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Psychoanalytic Personality Assessment TaWonnia Jackson PSY250 September 6, 2012 Loretta Harris Psychoanalytic Personality Assessment The following statements discussed will analyze the components of the psychoanalytic approach to personality. The theories of Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and Alfred Adler are compared and contrasted by research found. There will be characteristics of two theories along with descriptions of the stages to Freud’s theory, and characteristics along with Freudian's defense mechanisms. Each theorist’s had their own unique way of developing their very own theory. Sigmund Freud's theory is the psychoanalytic theory unique to a certain point and which it has developed formal models describing the ways in which individuals process information on different levels (Bornstein, 2010). Freud saw dreams as a way of unlocking unconscious thoughts and untold secrets. Sigmund created his theory through the importance of unconscious. Carl Jung accepted the unconscious idea and developed the analytic psychology. Both Freud and Jung were drawn to the unconscious way of explaining dreams. Jung thought dreams contained significant insight into an individual's psyche. Unlike Freud, it is the aspect of personality, conscious and embodies the sense of self therefore; Jung is less sexually focused, he is spiritual and also believed that Freud focuses on sexuality as a motivation. Jung also believed that individuals are programmed to discover and accept certain truths within themselves and their ancestor’s experiences. Jung's theory was considered the analytic psychology which describes archetypes. Jung studied individual psychology theories and also believed in repressing and overcoming feelings of experiencing weakness. Like Jung, Alfred Adler strongly believed in related aspects of human nature. Adler involves social interest as a main source of motivation
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