PSY 330 THEORIES OF PERSONALITY WEEK ONE DISCUSSION

Freudian and Jungian Theories of the Unconscious Mind [WLOs: 1, 2] [CLOs: 1, 5]

Prior to beginning work on this discussion be sure to read Chapters 2 and 3 in the course textbook, read the article A Brief Comparison of the Unconscious as Seen by Jung and Lévi-Strauss, and view the video Sigmund Freud: The Unconscious Mind (Short Version) (Links to an external site.). In addition to these required sources, research a minimum of one scholarly source in the Ashford University Library on this topic. All sources plus the text should be cited in your post.                   

To assist you in completing the library research required for this assignment, view this Ashford University Library Quick ‘n’ Dirty (Links to an external site.) tutorial, which introduces the Ashford University Library and the research process and provides some library search tips.

The unconscious mind is a core concept in most psychoanalytical and psychodynamic theories, but Freud and Jung’s theories are the most developed and prominent. Their concepts and ideas differ in the many areas which then impact their views on how the unconscious minds contributes to personality development, such as the role and meaning of dreams, the centrality of sex and sexuality in human motivation, the elements of the self, and the makeup of the unconscious. In your initial post of a minimum of 350 words:

  • Present an overview of both Freud’s theory and Jung’s theory of the role of the unconscious mind as it pertains to personality and behavior.
  • Compare and contrast the basic assumptions of the two theories and note the similarities and the differences as they relate to human behavior.
  • Based on your reading and research explain which interpretation of the unconscious mind you support and why.

Guided Response: Respond to at least two of your peers who did not support the theory you selected, if possible.  Explain whether or not your peer’s comparison of the two theories appropriately noted similarities and differences as they relate to human behavior. Suggest other elements your peer might wish to consider in this comparison. Ask questions to further the conversation about your peer’s analysis and support of the chosen theory.  Your response posts must be a minimum of 200 words, and your questions to your peers must be substantive and focused on the theories of the unconscious mind as they relate to personality development.

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