Psychology Of Personality
- Review the Learning Resource, “The Case of Mrs. C.”
- Review the Personality Theory Matrix information about the psychoanalytic and trait theoretical orientations and their corresponding related theories.
Assignment (2 pages; 1 page per theory)
Based on the information you gain from the personality case study, “The Case of Mrs. C,” complete the following case study analyses:
Psychoanalytic Theory Case Study Analysis:
- Analyze Mrs. C’s symptoms, including cultural considerations, from the perspective of a key idea from a theorist that you identified from the psychoanalytic theoretical orientation.
- Offer suggestions for assessments and interventions to use with Mrs. C from the perspective of a key idea from a theorist that you identified from the psychoanalytic theoretical orientation.
Trait Theory Case Study Analysis:
- Analyze Mrs. C’s symptoms, including cultural considerations, from the perspective of a key idea from a theorist that you identified from the trait theoretical orientation.
- Offer suggestions for assessments and interventions to use with Mrs. C from the perspective of a key idea from a theorist that you identified from the trait theoretical orientation.
Integrate Resources and scholarly materials in your analyses and provide citations and references in APA format. References should be combined in one list at the end of the document
PSYCHOANALYTIC THEORY CASE STUDY ANALYSIS:
This theory states that the unconscious part of our mind or the id plays a huge role on how we act, the relationships we have, and our feelings. If these unconscious conflicts are not resolved, they may lead to depression, anxiety, and difficulty not only in our personal life, but also in our professional life. It can result to change in personality traits and can even strain interpersonal relationship. These unconscious conflicts are rooted in childhood experiences and relationships.
As for the case at hand, she had an authoritarian father in a Catholic family where sexual urges can be repressed. She is a middle child, her mother is described to be cold and compulsive, and “disliked sex”. Their mother lectured them about it too. The mother and grandmother of the patient have hoarding tendencies, her mother had OCD, so we can see here that there is history in the family in terms of mental health disorders. Her sexual disorder stems from having a cold and distant mother, as well as a father who would always doubt her when she is on dates and asked her what she did with the boy. As a result, she developed fear and was not aroused by sex. Her OCD also could have stemmed from how she was brought up during childhood.
For the treatment of the index patient, according to Sigmund Freud, proponent of psychoanalysis, it will help resurface these repressed thoughts and emotions from her unconscious. In so doing, Mrs. C will be able to deal with what she has repressed. She underwent therapy for 6 years but has not shown much improvement in terms of her mental illness. With the help of psychoanalysis, it will help her understand where these irrational thoughts and fears came from and what lead to her obsessions and compulsions.
TRAIT-THEORY CASE STUDY ANALYSIS:
This theory states that every individual has certain traits that may define their personalities. If we look at the perspective of the trait theory, we can see that she was preoccupied, anxious, disturbed, detached, stressed, and controlling. These attributes can be traced back from how she was brought up in her childhood. Her father was demanding, suspicious, and controlling on his daughters’ behaviors. They were not exactly allowed to be expressive or raise their tones inside the house. As for their mother, she exhibited controlling behavior and a cold demeanor when it came to the subject of sex and was distant to her children. This could have led to neuroticism on our index patient, and caused an imbalance in her personal relationships especially her family.
For the treatment, after administering 16 Personality Factors (16PF), her personality traits can be analyzed. Based from what can be gathered, it will help pinpoint areas where her personality needs working on. A treatment plan should also include psychopharmacological intervention, and also being part of a support group could be a platform to talk about her anxiety and fears, since she can’t fully trust just anyone from a closer circle.