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I need help conceptualizing the task, and the habit i chose is Attraction.

Attraction is positively used so as to gain attention of people towards one's self. Attractiveness or attraction refers to a quality that causes an interest or desire in something or someone. The term attraction may also refer to the object of the attraction itself, as in tourist attraction.

Humanistic: it is one of the esteem needs if not met properly the human being starts to feel incomplete's.
Psychodynamic: a person always seeks to attract others, but when this desire gets complicated he or she starts to feel uncomfortable
Neuroscience:- depends on behavior of friend also
Cognitive:- interpreting or showing off more so as to gain attention of people.

In this assignment you will assess the acquisition and maintenance of your habit using the following four psychological perspectives:

Humanistic
Psychodynamic
Neuroscience
Cognitive
You will be expected to describe why you developed this habit, what purpose having this habit serves in your life, and how you will break this habit - according to each perspective. You will need to use at least 3 concepts from each perspective to support your answer.

Here's an example of an answer for this assignment. Please note that this example is not fully developed; it is intended to provide you with an overall direction for this assignment.

Example
Identified habit:
Nervous laughter in inappropriate times

Why this habit developed and how is it reinforced:
Behavioral (from LP4 Assignment): behavior was positively reinforced with gaining attention from the mother whenever nervous laughter was displayed.
Humanistic: esteem needs are not being met, feeling insignificant around other people, attempt to fulfill belonging needs
Psychodynamic: unconscious need for attention, superego's reaction when uncomfortable with conversation, defense mechanism
Neuroscience: family trait (heritability), mother and sister exhibit same behavior
Cognitive: interpret nervous laughter as exhibiting happy/fun personality traits instead of annoying, interpret the attention gained from nervous laughter as showing acceptance with others

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Dear Student,
Hi and thank you or using Brainmass. I understand how you can sometimes get stuck even though it appears that the answers are there. Indeed they are, you just have to simplify it a bit, reflect a little and write down what comes to mind. This is all about you anyway so whatever you write will only reflect your perspective. I suggest using this simple outline:

1. Your habit - 50 words
2. Development and enforcement - 100 words
3. Discussion of each Psychological perspectives, 50 words each

This outline will yield 350 words which should cover what you need. I shall assume that this habit means you are easily attracted to something or that you like being the center of attraction? As a habit, 'attraction' is too broad. For this assignment you need to define this so I suggest making it something 'being attractive- attracting others to self. You can use the listed resources to further explore the topic. All the best with your studies.

Sincerely,
AE 105878/Xenia Jones

Reflecting on a Personal Habit

Being Attractive

I have found that I am always conscious of ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on the topic of applying psychological perspectives in terms of exploring a personal habit/behavior. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic. The solution explores the behavior/tendency of being preoccupied with being attractive.

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Exitential and Humanistic Psychology Perspectives

Appendix C

Match the psychological theories with the appropriate statement(s):

__Psychodynamic Theory __Trait Theory

__Learning Theory __Sociocultural

__Humanistic Theory

A. Individualism versus collectivism

B. Popular theorist Eysenck initiated the five-factor model.

C. The healthy personality is found in balancing the social self with the individual self.

D. Genetics determine the traits for a healthy personality, but how those traits are expressed are influenced by learning experiences, development of skills, and the ability to choose our own actions.

E. Popular theorists include Maslow and Rogers.

F. Popular theorists include Freud, Jung, and Erikson.

G. Social and cultural factors such as ethnicity, gender, culture, discrimination, and socioeconomic status influence one's sense of self and his or her adjustment to society.

H. Taken from the European philosophy of Existentialism

I. Focus on the individuals' capacity to build knowledge and adapt to the environments around them. Includes behaviorism and social-cognitive theory.

J. Personality is characterized by a struggle between different elements within an individual's personality. Behavior, thoughts, and emotions are the result of this inner struggle.

K. Consists of five major personality factors which are reasonably stable elements of personality. These factors include extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness to experience.

L. Popular theorists include Pavlov and Skinner.

M. Idea of the healthy personality is the ability to love and work.

N. A healthy personality means knowing one's self, making authentic choices which are consistent with goals, and the capability of making real changes in their lives.

Choose two to three of the personality theories discussed in your text and write a detailed summary comparing and contrasting the theories you have chosen.

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