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Suzanne Knocke Final Position Paper Throughout the semester we have learned about several different types of personality theories, origins or source of behavior, and various treatments. Each theory has something to offer making it somewhat difficult to pinpoint just one perspective that provides the foundation for understanding personality. It is because of this that I believe that a combination of different perspectives or aspects of each theory is the best foundation for understanding personality. In this paper I will provide reasons of what the specific theory has to offer in building the foundation and why I think it is part of understanding personality. Various perspectives from Freud, Rogers, Skinner, Seligman, Allport, and Eysenck. Freud comprised the structure of personality through the id, ego, and superego. While I do not agree that all our drive, reasoning, personality and so forth stems from the instinctual drive of sex and aggression, some of Freud’s principles or concepts do identify with understanding personality. The Super Ego is described as the moral principle, what we know or identify with as being right or wrong. This concept of having a moral principle (whether or not you want to call it the Super Ego) is one that is seen throughout cultures and history. Our concepts of right and wrong our developed as we grow, and I do believe that there is perhaps some underlying instinctual understanding of basic rights and wrongs. Also, Freud’s identification of repressed memories is an important manipulator or contributor to the development of personality. While Freud’s studies themselves were incorrect, the idea or concept behind them was sound. It has been seen, and I have seen it with others, that repressed memories affect development of personality. For example, a person may have a supposed irrational fear or phobia of clowns; which could be caused by a repressed memory of perhaps being molested by someone dressed as a clown as a child. While the person may not remember the molestation experience consciously their unconscious or subconscious does and has developed a defense mechanism to prevent a reoccurrence of the event.

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