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Personality Paper Personality can be defined as a dynamic and organized set of characteristics possessed by a person that uniquely influences his or her cognitions, motivations, and behaviors in various situations.” After a long thought-out decision between American History X and October Sky, I choose to watch the movie American History X, directed by Tony Kaye. This flashback-laden film delves into the world of a former neo-NAZI, Derek Vineyard (Edward Norton), and shows how his hatred has spawned itself in his younger brother, Danny Vineyard (Edward Furlong) who longs for his brother’s approval. After committing a brutal assault and Derek is sent to prison, he learns that all humans have potential and that life should be respected not abused. As the newly reformed Derek is released from prison, he is now dealt with the task of changing his brother’s fate before its ends up just like his own. After viewing the movie and reading through chapter 13,
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Unformatted text preview: Derek’s personality can be connected to two psychological perspectives – humanistic and behaviorist. The Humanistic approach was founded in 1962 by psychologists who viewed it as a “third force” or an alternate to the other two approaches (behaviorist and psychoanalytic) and guided it alone four principles. The first principle explains how the experiencing person shows some sign of interest to his surrounding environment; he/she has original views and has a somewhat understanding of who they are. Derek, who longs for some kind of unity after his father’s death, falls into the wrong crowd (skinhead gang) after being introduced and influenced my racial thoughts and ideas of his environment. He has a good understanding of who he is, but after being told what others think is right over and over again, he loses his original understanding and is formed into something completely different. The next principle...
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2008 for the course PSY 113 taught by Professor Singh during the Spring '08 term at Rhode Island.

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