The Self-Analysis Paper requires you to apply the theories and ideas that have been discussed and reviewed in class to your own personality. The first step is to identify what aspect or aspects of your own personality that you wish to submit to analysis. Emotionally or cognitively complex behavior will work best for this paper–routine behavior (such as getting dressed in the morning) will not lend itself to “analysis.” Examples of personality attributes might be: Good examples to use:
- You are aware that you seem to surround yourself with conflict and that you argue with many or most people in your life. Or, alternatively, you are conflict averse—always running in the other direction when conflict arises.
- You are aware that you always seem to be attracted to the same type of guy or girl. You look for particular traits and perhaps wind up repeating past mistakes.
- You are assertive and speak your mind and don’t understand why more people aren’t like this. Or, alternatively, you are not assertive and tend to seek the approval of others and you do not understand why more people aren’t careful of the feelings of others.
- You consider yourself very shy and this characteristic holds true across many contexts in your life (e.g., at work, at school, at home). Or, alternatively, you are very outgoing and sociable across contexts.
After you have selected the aspect or aspects of your personality that you wish to discuss, the next step is to choose at least one personality theory or perspective (e.g., psychodynamic, humanistic, biological, behavioral) Dr. Benkendorf, SS 231 – OL2, Summer 2017 that you will use to analyze your personality.
You may choose whichever approach most appeals to you and/or the approach that seems to provide the most clues to your personality and its development. You may choose to use more than one approach/theory.
Specifications: a. Papers should be 3-4 pages (double-spaced, standard margins, and standard 12-point font). b. Your paper should address all of the following points:
- How you feel in certain situations
- The choices you made or did not make
- How you think in certain situations
- How you acquired certain attitudes or beliefs
- Why you do what you do in certain situations
- Why you feel, think, and do what you do in certain situations. Grading will be based on (1) how accurately and artfully the psychological principals from the theories are applied, and (2) how well-written the essays are: word usage, paragraph and sentence structure, organization, grammar, spelling, and syntax all contribute to (or detract from) the paper grade. Submit this assignment as a Microsoft Word document to the Assignment titled Self-Analysis Paper found within Module 6.