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Views of Freud, Jung, and Rogers

1.) Write a summary of identifying the contributions of Freud, Jung, and Rogers.

2.) Choose three of your favorite television characters; past or present.

Complete the following matrix describing the characters' personalities from the point of view of the three theorists, Jung, Freud, and Rogers.

TV Character - Jung Rogers Freud

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Let's take a closer look at the contributions of Freud, Jung and Rogers, and at an example of a television character for each. You can then easily fit the examples into matrix form.


1) Write a summary of 350-700 words identifying the contributions of Freud, Jung, and Rogers.

I. Freud's Theory

Freud linked all human behavior back to sex and aggression. However, Sigmund Freud did actually make much advancement in the field of psychology despite controversy generated by his theories. He is known as the father of psychoanalysis and is credited with the concepts of free association, the unconscious, repression, and psychosexual development. Most of his theories remain just that, theories, because they cannot be proven concretely to be true in all humans. Regardless, today he remains as one of psychology's most influential contributors (Freud's Theories). Most of the things we experience in our lives, according to Freud, are inaccessible for they are in our unconscious. This includes things such as feelings, beliefs, impulses, and emotions. A metaphorical way to comprehend this is the Iceberg model, where the unconscious is the part of the iceberg submerged under water, things we are unaware of or may have not experienced; the tip of the iceberg out of the water is the conscious, what we are "conscious" of and know of. Many psychologists disagree with Freud's view, but still use the same terminology to describe what they believe is the unconscious (Freud's Theories).

Linked to the unconscious are Id, Ego, and Superego, the different parts of the mind according to Freud. These three terms define Freud's idea of human personality and how it operates. The Id contains primitive impulses such as a child has when it cries when it is hungry or needs to be change. The Id demands what it wants, regardless of the circumstance or taking anything else into account. It can also be said, it is like an animal instinct. Its two main goals are "the seeking of pleasure and the avoidance of pain", also known as the pleasure principle (Freud's Personality Factors).

A. Freudian Analysis

Example: Peter Falk as detective Columbo

Columbo is an American crime fiction TV series, starring Peter Falk ...

Solution Summary

This solution identifies the contributions of Freud, Jung, and Rogers and then, through illustrative example, analyzes three television characters' personalities from the point of view of these three theorists.