Psychology: Freud’s Theory of Personality/Psychosexual Development

Psyc 1 Introductory Psychology
Paper 1 Assignment (40 points)
Background: For this assignment you will need to read pages 512-523. 
Freud’s theory of personality/psychosexual development describes how personality develops during childhood. Freud believed that personality develops through a series of childhood stages in which the pleasure-seeking energies of the id become focused on certain erogenous areas. This psychosexual energy, or libido, was described as the driving force behind behavior.

Psychoanalytic theory suggested that personality is mostly established by the age of five. Early experiences play a large role in personality development and continue to influence behavior later in life.

If these psychosexual stages are completed successfully, the result is a healthy personality. If certain issues are not resolved at the appropriate stage, fixation can occur. A fixation is a persistent focus on an earlier psychosexual stage. Until this conflict is resolved, the individual will remain "stuck" in this stage. For example, a person who is fixated at the oral stage may be over-dependent on others and may seek oral stimulation through smoking, drinking, or eating.

The Assignment: Using Freudian concepts, such as Freud’s view of personality structure (the id, the ego, and the superego) and/or Freud’s concept of personality development (the oral, anal, phallic, latency, and genital stages), discuss the personality of yourself, someone you know, or a famous person. Each paper should be about 2-3 pages in length and should include information from the assigned reading (pages 512-523).
Other Details:

·      Formatting: Each paper should be about 2-3 pages in length. Use Times New Roman 12-point font that is double-spaced. The paper should be typed on 8½ × 11 paper and have 1-inch margins on the top, bottom, left and right.

·      Grades: As indicated in the syllabus, the paper will be worth 40 points. The purpose of the paper is allow you to demonstrate your understanding of the concepts and your ability to apply them

·      Due date: Your paper must be printed out and physically hand in to me at the beginning of class on the day they are due. The due date for Paper 1 is indicated on the syllabus.

Late papers:  If your paper is not physically printed out and handed in at the beginning of class, it is considered late.  Late research reports will be penalized 10% of the points each 24-hour period it is late. This includes weekends. Reports more than five days late will not be accepted.