The Psychoanalytic Perspective

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The Psychoanalytic Perspective 1. Describe what is meant by personality, and explain how Freud's treatment of psychological disorders led to his study of the unconscious. Psychologists consider personality to be one's characteristic pattern of thinking, feeling, and acting. If your behavior pattern is strikingly distinctive and consistent, people are likely to say you have a "strong" personality. This chapter explores and evaluates four major perspectives on personality. Freud found that nervous disorders often made no neurological sense. While experimenting with hypnosis, Freud "discovered" the unconscious. He decided that blindness or deafness might be caused by not wanting to see or hear something that caused intense anxiety. He then turned to free association, which he believed produced a chain of thoughts leading into the patient's unconscious, thereby retrieving painful memories. He called the process psychoanalysis. Freud believed the mind is like an iceberg-mostly hidden, with the unconscious containing thoughts and memories of which we are largely unaware. Some of these thoughts we store temporarily in a preconscious area. 2.
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course PSY 2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '08 term at Broward College.

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