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Unformatted text preview: Psychology Notes for 4-12-07 12/04/2007 15:10:00 Modules 41 Historic Personality Theory Personality: What is it? o An individuals characteristic pattern of thinking feeling, and acting Historical perspectives: o Psychoanalytic (unconscious behaviors) such as thoughts and feelings o Humanistic (growth & self fulfillment) Current Perspective: Trait Theories The Psychoanalytic Perspective Freuds theory proposed that childhood sexuality and unconscious motivations influence our adult personalities Psychoanalysis o Freuds theory of personality that attributes our thoughts and actions to unconscious motives and conflicts o Seeks to treat psychological disorders by exposing and interpreting unconscious tensions Free association o A psychoanalytic method/tool to help explore the unconscious o Person relaxes and says whatever comes to mind no matter how trivial or embarrassing Place the client away (such as out the window), asks them to relax, and say whatever comes to mind. Unconscious o According to Freud, the minds reservoir of mostly unacceptable thoughts, wishes, feelings and memories o Contemporary viewpoint: information processing of which we are unaware I.E. your feet you may be unconscious about them until someone mentions your feet!...
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- Spring '07