8.05 Trait Theory
Directions: Complete the tasks below. Copy and paste your analysis to the student
comments box in 8.05 and submit for grading.
Pretend you are researching personality for an internship. You have just met
Roberto, a mild mannered and reserved student who is identified as extremely
Your job is to explain how each of the following schools of psychology would explain
Roberto’s personality. You should write at least a paragraph for each school of
psychology. Be sure to use key concepts from each perspective to support your
According to Freud’s psychoanalytic theory, personality develops through a series of
stages, each characterized by a certain internal psychological conflict. Freud’s
psychoanalytic theory of personality argues that human behavior is a result of the
interactions among three component parts of the mind: the ID, ego, and superego.
This “structural theory” of personality places great importance on how conflicts
among the mind shape personality and behavior. Freud believed that if these stages