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Analysis of Personality

Analyze the personality development of one of the theorists studied in this course from three different theoretical perspectives.

I choose Skinner.

Describe the major life events of the theorist that you feel influenced his or her personality development.

Describe the cultural influences that had an influence on the chosen theorist's personality development.

Analyze this person from Freud's psychoanalytic perspective.

Analyze this person from two other theoretical perspectives studied in this course, except for the trait perspective. (Maybe use Jung and Rogers) or (Horney and Erickson).

Summarize and present your critical opinion about how well (or not) these theories explain the person.

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I hope this helps you to complete your paper. Good luck. Be sure you had an introduction and a thesis indicating that you are going to compare Skinners. Behaviorism to the Psychodynamic theories of Jung and Rogers. Good Luck!!

(1) Describe the major life events of the theorist that you feel influenced his or her personality development.

On the birth and life of Frederick Skinner, Friedman and Schuster (2006) writes that he was born in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. His father and mother were morally strict. Based on his autobiography, Skinner's family established a stable, loving home based on the Puritan work ethic, virtues and morals. His interest developed early on his childhood in the animals and their behavior. Following this interest he became a science teacher and developed his principles of Operant conditioning. According to Friedman and Schuster, Skinner experimented with manipulating the environment in a way to train animals to do things that was not a part of their natural behaviors.

Skinner's work with animal behavior influenced his theories of radical behaviorism (Friedman & Schuster, 2006). Based on principles of operant conditioning, Skinner held that consequences which follow a behavior directly influence the frequency with which the behavior is repeated. Thus was coined his view on reinforcement, punishment and rewarding stimuli. The operant response will either increase or decrease the likelihood that the behavior will occur again (Dinsmoor, 1992).For example, aversive stimuli, punishment (or negative reinforcer) is a consequence that decreases the likelihood that a behavior will occur again. Reinforcement increases the chances that a behavior will occur (Ruz, 1995).

Skinner held that all forms of human behavior could be explained by the response to one's environment, and further explained by strengthening or weakening, or reinforcement or punishment. For instance, research suggests that if you wish to ...

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This solution analyzes personality from the perspective of Skinner's Behaviorism.,