1.Measures of Personality
For many years there’s been an ongoing debate within psychology regarding the validity and usefulness of the comprehensive yet controversial theory of human personality espoused by Sigmund Freud. Some components of Freud’s theory are generally accepted such as the ego defense mechanisms. Yet many aspects of Freud’s theories have stirred vigorous debate among psychologists over the years such as the notion that infants and children are sexual beings the five psychosexual stages of development the Oedipal complex and even the existence of the unconscious mind.
Select an aspect of Freud’s theory and post a thoughtful and reflective position statement explaining your opinion about aspecific part of Freud’s theory. Be thorough and logically argue the reasons for your view.
In short was Freud right? Is Freuds Personality Theory relevant today?
Although a number of aspects of Freuds theory are no longer widely accepted there are numerous reasons for him to still be considered the Father of Modern Psychology. Freud was the first to introduce the idea that people might behave in ways of which they are unaware or at least that people might be unaware of why they engage in certain behaviors. As such his concept of the unconscious is considered to be one of his most notable contributions to the field of personality psychology and has become a cornerstone of the field that is still very relevant today.
Freuds defense mechanisms are also widely accepted as a major contribution to the field of psychology and many people even those not in the field acknowledge them as explanations for behavior. In fact many other personality theorists later described similar defense mechanisms although they might use different terminologies and some have added to Freuds initial list. Additionally Freud through his writings on the psychosexual stages originated the notion that early childhood experiences affect the development of personality. Although most personality theorists now de-emphasize the sexual motivation component of Freuds psychosexual stages the stages themselves are still widely recognized in the general public and even if one does not agree with his interpretation of events at those stages certainly Freuds observation that those time periods are important cannot be denied.
Ashcraft D. (2015).Personality theories workbook 6th Ed. Stamford CT: Cengage Learning.
Your text explains Freud’s defense mechanisms in section 3.4 on pages 55-63. Additional information can be found at the following websites:
Submit a 400-600 word paper that provides a deep explanation of defense mechanisms. In your paper