• 27 DEC 20
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    Allport, Cattell, and Eysenck, discussion board week 8 help

    Here is the discussion to reply. The reply can be between 100 to 150 words.

    Upon reading about Allport, Cattell, and Eysenck, while all brilliant with intriguing theories, I found myself most interested in Eysenck. He is most notable for critiquing Freud’s psychoanalytic theory by categorizing people as either an extrovert or an introvert, and by emotional stability or instability. I do believe that he does a good job of explaining personality, mainly so because people are generally either outgoing or shy. While these are very broad terms and people could exhibit both concepts in one way or another, people tend to lean towards one more than another. This theory has practical relevance because, unlike Freud who based his theory around childhood and adolescence,Eysenck bases his around the growth of personality to then further place each person into a category. The way that Eysenck is able to test for either introversion or extroversion and neuroticism or not is more practical and the results of the tests are more applicable. As stated before, I do not think that every human in the world is either one category or the other but rather a slight combination of the two, the results gives one insight on themselves or others and can explain why one may have certain tendencies.

    I believe that this theory is less scientifically rigorous in comparison to some of the theories that I have learned about this far. Eysenck based his theory on genetics, and then further testing on questionnaires. The problem with this is that the genetics of a parent does not always translate over to the personality of their child. Personality is affected by both nature and nurture. The problem with the questionnaires is that those who are taking them may not be very truthful to themselves when answering the questions. For example, a shy book worm may strive and want to be a social butterfly, and that may very well be sociable with the fewer close friends they have. However this may affect the results of the test because the person answering said questions may be fabricating their answers to be the person they wish they were. I believe that his theory is better than most of the theories that we have covered in the course so far, but I don’t think I could say it is the best. There are flaws and holes in every theory, which is why they are theories and not scientific laws. I hope throughout the remainder of the course I will learn more theories from other theorists and can further my knowledge on personality.

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