Wk 2 Discussion Response 2

According to (Fatehi Gordon & Florida N.D.) theoretical orientation represent styles of mind for understanding reality. This theoretical orientation can be organized as a continuum from theoretical constructs that are independent and concrete as with the Behavioral/ CBT theories to theoretical constructs that are interdependent and abstract as with the Psychodynamic theories (Fatehi Gordon & Florida N.D.). Family systems and Humanistic/Existential are theoretical midpoints (Fatehi Gordon & Florida N.D.). Trait theory tends to focus on the premise that we are born with traits or characteristics that make us unique and explain our behaviors (Cervone& Pervin 2019). For example introversion extroversion shyness agreeableness kindness etc. all these innate characteristics that we are born help to explain why we behave in a certain manner according to the situations we face (Cervone& Pervin 2019). Psychoanalytic perspective on the other hand focuses on childhood experiences and the unconscious mind which plays a role in our personality development (Cervone& Pervin 2019). According to Freud (Cervone& Pervin 2019) our unconscious mind includes all our hidden desires and conflicts which form the root cause of our mental health issues or maladaptive behaviors. The main difference between these two perspectives is that trait theory helps to explain why we behave in a certain manner whereas psychoanalytic theory only describes the personality and predicting behavior and not really explaining why we behave the way we do. There is no such evident similarity between the two perspectives but kind of rely on underlying mechanisms to explain personality. Also there is some degree of subjectivity present in both the perspectives. Trait theories involve subjectivity regarding interpretations of which can be considered as important traits that explain our behaviors and psychoanalytic theory is subjective and vague in the concepts been used like the unconscious mind. My opinions accord with the visible contrasts between the two one focused on internal features describing our behaviors in clearer words whilst other concentrating on unconscious mind in anticipating behavior which is ambiguous and harder to grasp. References Cervone D. & Pervin L. A. (2019). Personality: Theory and research (14th ed.). Wiley. Fatehi M. Gordon R. M. & Florida O. A Meta-Theoretical Integration of Psychotherapy Orientations.

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