Personality Assessment Paper

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Personality Assessment Paper Marissa Russell Mount St. Mary’s University Personality theories can provide people with a structure to better understand themselves and others. I decided to assess person I know named Martin for this assignment. Martin is someone who I have known for many years, so I have had numerous opportunities to observe and study his behavior. Martin is a 57-year-old husband, father of one child and he works in law enforcement. He is the oldest of two siblings. He enjoys watching and playing sports, playing the guitar, giving people advice and is a car enthusiast. The first theorist I used to assess Martin’s personality was Karen Horney. Horney was a psychoanalyst who challenged many of Freud’s sexist views towards…show more content…
I figured that since the first theorist I chose challenged Freud’s traditional views, that it would be interesting to contrast their two different perspectives by assessing him through Freud’s perspective as well. Freud assessed personality structure through the terms id, ego and superego. The id represents humans’ primitive drives and needs. These needs and drives are often seen as socially unacceptable to pursue in the direct and impulsive way that the id prefers. The ego is the socially acceptable vehicle in which the id’s needs get met. A person’s sense of identity also comes from the ego. The superego is the moral compass and perfectionist of the three psychic structures. The superego consists of the conscience and ego-ideal. The conscience is the part of a person that helps them navigate between right and wrong. The ego-ideal is a person’s ideal self-image, which contains behaviors that are admirable and socially…show more content…
Martin was adopted by his grandparents because his mother gave birth to him at 18 years old and her parents thought that she was unprepared to raise her child full-time. Although unlike many people who are adopted, Martin knew exactly who his birth mother was and even interacted with her sometimes, but several years after his birth she moved from Alabama (where Martin and his grandparents lived) to California becoming almost entirely uninvolved in his life. When his daughter asked him if not being raised by his mother ever hurt or negatively affected him and he emphatically responded “never.” Although it is possible that he had a pleasant childhood overall, it does not seem realistic that a child would never question or feel hurt about why his able-bodied parents were not active in his life and were comfortable with not raising him full time when most of his peers were being raised by their parents, not their grandparents. Although on the surface this only looks like the defense mechanism of denial, with further knowledge of the context of his childhood, repression can be seen. Martin loved his grandparents, but he idolized his grandfather in particular and frequently and passionately talks about his gratitude for him adopting and taking him in. It is a possibility that Martin may feel like acknowledging
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