Personality Theories : Alfred Alder 's Theory Of Individual Psychology

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There many personality theories that can be related to the film Divergent. Two of which are Alfred Alder’s theory of individual psychology, looking specifically at striving for superiority and Gordon Allport’s trait theory. Personality is the “organization of a person’s character, temperament, intellect, and physique, which determines his unique adjustment to the environment” (Eysenck, 1970). These two theories examine how personality develops and features of an individual or group’s personality.

Alfred Alder’s personality theory placed a major emphasis on a person’s social involvement, known as individual psychology (Drapela, 1987). The basics of Adler’s theory is that man is motivated by social urges. Relating himself to others, engaging in cooperative social activities, placing social welfare above self-interests and acquiring a social lifestyle (Hall & Lindzey, 1970). Each of these features is in Divergent’s community. As within factions, people are motivated by community desires, engage in activities together and place the welfare of the community above themselves “Faction before blood” (Wick, Fisher, Shahbazian & Burger, 2014). For Dauntless, their desire is to protect the community through bravery and strength. Amity’s social urge is to give freely by providing all the food with kindness and peacefulness. Erudite’s are driven by the urge to know all to be the intelligence of the community. Abnegation has a desire to service the needs of others through selflessness.…

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