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Freud and Social learning Theory

Freud and Social learning Theory - 1 Theories of Womens...

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Theories of Women’s Personalities and Behavior II. Theories of Personality A. Freud’s Theory of Women’s Personalities (Psychoanalyitical Theory) Sigmund Freud has the most well known theory of sex role development. His ideas have permeated our culture. Ideas like “unconcious” and “repression” have become a part of our common vocabulary in describing people’s feelings and actions. He presented a lot of new ideas about how we think about our selves. Scientifically - Freud’s theories have some serious problems 1. Testability - You can’t measure how many unconscious thoughts a person has, you can’t even investigate whether an unconscious exists, because a person can’t talk about it because anything to do with the unconcious is ...unconcious. 1
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Short Review of Freud because your textbook doesn’t cover it well. Baby’s are born with libido. Libido - is psychic energy, we don’t mean libido as in sexual energy here. “Choo Choo train” theory of Freud The libido is the fuel car that leads the train through the different crises of development. Child goes through the stages and meets a crisis that must be resolved successfully. According to Freud If your resolution of the crisis is bad, you leave too much libido behind and become fixated. Then you don’t have enough libido to live your adult life well. 1. First Crisis - during the Oral Stage - (around the age of 1) The mother tries to wean the baby from the breast or the bottle. If this is done successfully and the child goes easily to a cup, she moves on with libido intact. 2
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If the resolution of this crisis is not done well - it could go two ways: Person could become incorporative - excessive oral needs satisfied by smoking, eating or drinking. sadistic - The person could develop a “biting sarcasm” 2. Second Crisis - during the Anal Stage - around the age of 3 The child is toilet training. If resolved well, the child moves on with libido intact. If not , again could go two ways: If the child refuses to go the bathroom and holds it in for days on end - they will become anal retentive in adult life - very neat, cheap, tends to keep things forever.
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