RU Theories of Psychology & Parents Raising Their Child Questions


For definitions, you must try to put the definition in your own words—NO copying directly from the book.

When I ask for an example, you must make up your own example—NO examples may be used from the book 

Personality can be influenced and formed by: a) genetics, b) how your parents reared you, and c) the surrounding environment.  Take each of these three areas and give a real-life example of how each might affect someone’s personality.

What five things would be vital to know about a person if you really wanted to understand their personality?  Why is each factor important to understanding personality?  (Hint:  The “why” part is important.)

If you wanted to assess someone’s personality, what would be the best method—clinical interviews, lab experiments, self-report questionnaires, or projective tests and why?

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  • Write a summary of:
    • Freud’s position on religion (in your own words)
    • Your thoughts regarding Freud’s position on religion

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  • Write an essay addressing the following:
    • Why did Freud call dreams a “wish fulfillment?” (i.e., What did he mean?)
    • What did Freud mean when he said that dreams are the “royal road” to the unconscious?
    • Briefly summarize one of the dreams you read. 
    • Did you agree with Freud’s interpretation?  How would you have interpreted it differently?

How did Freud’s relationship with the women in his life–his mother, wife, and daughter Anna–shape his theories?  Use your text and information from Young Dr. Freud ( in your answer.

Research the theories of Melanie Klein, D.W. Winnicott, OR Margaret Mahler (you only need to choose ONE of these theorists).  Provide answers to the following in an essay:

  • In three or four sentences, summarize the person’s theory.
  • Pick three key terms from the theory and provide a definition in your own words.
  • What is the importance of the theory to the study of personality?

Discuss one major similarity and one major difference between the theories of Freud and Jung.

Research the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator and answer the following questions:

  • How is the Meyers-Briggs related to the work of CG Jung?
  • List the four dichotomies in the Meyers-Briggs and state what they stand for.
  • Take the Jung Typology Test at  You will be given a Meyers-Briggs type profile at the end.  What were your letters?  Does the description of this type seem to “fit” what you know about yourself?  Why or why not?

Define (in your own words) and give an example of: a) personal unconscious and b) collective unconscious.  What are the differences between the two? 

Jung proposed several major archetypes, such as the persona, the anima and animus, the shadow, and the self. 

  • Define each archetype in your own words.
  • Give an example or illustration for each archetype.

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