Carl Jung And Carl Erikson's Theory Of Personality Development

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I believe that personality is a trait that determines who you are as a person. Many Psychology theorists such as Dr. Sigmund Freud, Dr. Carl Jung, Alfred Adler, Raymond B. Cattell and Hans J. Eysenck, Karen Horney, and David Buss believe that support my argument for the personality theory. But theorists like Gordon Allport and Erik Erikson did not support my argument. Their concepts have shaped my view of personality development into what it is today. But based on their theories and my personal experience, I have come to believe that a one’s personality is influenced by genetics, past experiences, and behaviors from their parents during their childhood.
It is commonly believed that past experience and a person’s behavior during those experiences
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Carl Jung, a close colleague of Dr. Freud, described the human psyche. Jung had his beliefs about each component of a personality. He had a strong belief of the unconscious mind as well. According to him, there are “four functions of thought [which] pertain to how a person perceives the world and deals with information and experience” (Olsen & Hergenhahn 79). These four functions of thought are sensing, thinking, feeling and intuiting. His theory of the functions of thought were brilliant. Each function of thought occurs in chronological order. I am guilty of utilizing these functions in my everyday life. For example, “detecting the presence of an object… (sensing), noting that the object is… a member of the opposite sex (thinking), experiencing an attraction toward the person (feeling), and believing… a long-term relationship with the persons exists (intuiting)”( Olsen & Hergenhahn 79). My mind would revolve around why and how people feel a certain way; also what I can do to try and figure out what exists in their heads. Based on experience, these unconscious thoughts lead to personality development by creating an “alternate” reality from information to mold how people perceive their …show more content…
In my opinion, I believe that a Horney’s theory is a perfect depiction of my argument on how personality development is ensued. My favorite contribution of Horney’s theory of personality is her three patterns of adjustment which are moving toward people, moving against people, and moving away from people. I expressed all three patterns of adjustment throughout my life. Aligned with Horney’s beliefs I also suspect that all three patterns can be used simultaneously, but utilized interchangeably based on the situation. At a point in my life, I was in a place where I felt that I needed a boyfriend. I felt that I deserved a boyfriend and was not living life to the fullest if I did not have my first one yet. I wanted affection and approval. Once I was not receiving any love, I began to feel inferior. Based on my feelings I turned against others because I thought they did not understand me (my logic). I felt that if I had power over them, then they would not be able to hurt me verbally. Once I actually started to consider liking a guy, I was scared that I would mess it up so I would withdraw my (real) self from him in order to evade rejection and getting too emotionally

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