Sigmund Freud's Defense Mechanisms

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There are a countless number of psychologists and their personality theories who believe that they have unlocked the door to the mysterious world of behaviors. But which ones can we believe? Amidst the vast expanse of the world’s capacity for knowledge, will we ever truly be able to decode personalities? Do we really have the capability to assess our own personality? Although these questions may not have definitive answers, and it may be hard to choose a personality type that fits you best, I do believe that the Trait Theory does a better job than most at explaining my personality and my behaviors. Even though the Humanistic, Social-Cognitive, and Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic theories may help to decode our behaviors, it is easier to point …show more content…
Freud’s Defense Mechanisms are an interesting way to look at personality, including my own. According to the defense mechanism quiz, I scored highest in Projection— with an 80 out of 100, second highest in Repression and Denial— a 70 out of 100, and lowest in Reaction formation— 20 out of 100. I believe that my scoring in these defense mechanisms accurately depict my personality. Projection is the process of disguising one’s own unacceptable impulses, thoughts, or desires by attributing them to others (notes). It is often found that people who use Projection as a defense use it to justify their feelings and reduce their anxiety. I think that this fits my personality because I am not a very trusting person, and because of this I think that people are not trustworthy. Because I do not make the best choices all the time, I assume that other people do the same thing, which can make me extremely paranoid when I believe that people 's actions mimic my worst thoughts. For instance, if I do something that my parents do not agree with, I will often justify my actions by listing times where my sister made the same mistake as me and did not get into the same amount of trouble. Although many psychologists do not believe in …show more content…
However, I do believe that your behavior and personality are a combo of your social and mental processes. The way that people interpret events differently emphasizes the idea that it is how we interact with the environment which shapes our personality. Although I believe this to be true, I do not agree with the idea of optimism versus pessimism as being the only outlook on life. Personally, I think that you can be a combo of these traits and that they can change with the environment. For example, I see myself to be a realist, borderline pessimistic. I try to interpret events how they really are, as stated earlier, I don’t see the need in “sugarcoating” the truth about something. I also find it silly when people are overly optimistic, because if you look at the world today, we have tremendous amount of work to do with equality, poverty, war, and the environment. To have a positive outlook on everything, in my mind, is borderline delusional. Some may see me as a pessimist because I see the way things are in negative ways, but in today’s society, many things are negative. I also do not support the Locus of Control Theory. Although I believe that every person has the power to make and choose their own path in life, I do hold true to the idea that everything happens for a reason. And although this fits into the theory, I think that saying that you either have an

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