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    Bree Hodge is well-known as one of the five leading ladies of ABC’s popular television show Desperate Housewives. Bree resides on a cul de sac in an archetypical suburban neighborhood, known as Wisteria Lane. To many neighbors and friends, Bree is known for being the “perfect wife and mother.” She emulates the nineteen fifties prototype of a wife and stay at home mother, who cooks, cleans, and gossips with the “gals” next door. However, people who truly know her realize her dark and brooding nature, which is in response to the obstacles she must overcome to protect her reputation. Bree’s creative talents have helped her publish her own cookbook and run a catering service. She is the “Martha Stewart” of Wisteria Lane (Internet Movie Database, 2007).
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Saturday, May 8

  1. msg Discussion of Dennis Rodman by Kristyn Johnson message posted Discussion of Dennis Rodman by Kristyn Johnson I never knew how difficult Dennis Rodman had life growing up; how unsettling. I must confess I on…
    Discussion of Dennis Rodman by Kristyn Johnson

    I never knew how difficult Dennis Rodman had life growing up; how unsettling. I must confess I only knew of his blonde locks and his passion for basketball as it was made visible on TV to me years ago when I had watched a few of his games on the big screen with my father.
    In the field of Psychology where personality is concerned, the approach that deals most with an individual’s sense of self is called the Neo-Analytic Approach. One of the characteristics recognized by Adler (theorist) for example, is his concept of "striving for superiority.” According to Adler 's ideology, Rodman has over the duration of his career developed a diverse and yet wholesome complex. When we as the general public see celebrities we often times question if they are in deed who they seem to be at 'face value.' Rodman is exactly this. Another one of Adler's theories (one of several sub-categories) is the ideology of the collective unconscious. Components of the collective unconscious include symbolic emotions that all individuals equally contribute.
    I agree with Thomas’s analysis of Rodman through this approach (Neo-Analytic).
    Based on the concepts attached, they are clearly visible in how Rodman developed his bold persona and as a result, a superior complex. Having felt at one point during one point prior to the peak of his career unskilled and bleak, he was turned around by the support of his family (siblings to be exact). Feeling a sense of ball and chain reaction in the aspect that his two sisters had always managed to steal the spotlight, Rodman began to lack faith in himself and failed in his ability to live life both peacefully and righteously. This is how Dennis’s career took off. As his love of the game (basketball) progressed so did his skills. These emotions increased and as time progressed, showed themselves in both his behavior and career. Like lady Gaga (who I had also critiqued her wikispace), Dennis used his “stage presence” and “costumes” ( hair colors and styles) to express his individuality and confidence; nothing shown brighter then Rodman at the peak of his NBA career.
    Adler’s belief on self motivation, perseverance and the ability to change ones’ self from something that potentially inhibits is all attached to the inferiority complex. On the contrary, I am not sure I agree one hundred percent with all of the aspects of the approach that Thomas addressed for the
    Psychoanalytic. Oedipus Complex is a group of largely unconscious (dynamically repressed) ideas and feelings, which center around the desire to possess the parent of the opposite sex and eliminate the parent of the same sex; according to wikipedia. The way people are (who can be associated with Odipus Complex) are also associated with the so-called "oedipal phase" of libidinal and ego development; i.e. between the ages of three and five. Based on Denn’s biography, he suffered at an early age from abandonment of his father, however, as defined by Freud, the complex not only revolves around one’s attraction to a female (or mother) but also of a male figure in one’s life (grandfather, brother, or father perhaps). Rodman’s father wasn’t present during this stage of Odipus and as a result had no male figure to look up to; so in this retrospect the approach doe not COMPLETELY fit. The progression and change from Dennis’s childhood to adulthood are is more evident in my opinion to the lack of his Dad present and his following footsteps of his two sisters. I do however agree with the slightly humorous comparison of Rodman’s sex appeal and overtly sexual desire for women was linked correctly to Thomas’s definition of the psychoanalytic approach; according to Freud. Thomas was accurate in pointing out how the phallic stage is a stage in this approach in which the child gains pleasure through his genitals due to the Oedipus complex; where one could see how any super star such as Rodman would “get his kicks” for self pleasure and the programmed ornate desire from a young age. Overall this was a fun read. I learned more about he blonde “bombshell” NBA star who like most celebrity, had a rough past that in the end worked to his advantage.
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  2. msg Discussion of Jessica's wikispace by Kristyn Johnson message posted Discussion of Jessica's wikispace by Kristyn Johnson Although I have mixed viewpoints on Lady Gaga as a female recording artist, I can understand why …
    Discussion of Jessica's wikispace by Kristyn Johnson

    Although I have mixed viewpoints on Lady Gaga as a female recording artist, I can understand why she has become as successful as she has thus far in her more recently begun career. Her extravagant choices of dress and controversial lyrics to her instrumentals make her stand out to say the least.
    Jessica introduced Gaga with the quote: “I’m already crazy. I’m a fearless person. I think it creeps up on you. I don’t think it can be stopped. If my destiny is to lose my mind because of fame, then that’s my destiny. But my passion still means more than anything.” In her self-constructed biography of Lady Gaga, she expands upon this perceived persona that Gaga herself was quoted in saying in reference to her own persona.
    The Humanistic Approach focuses on one’s moral, worth, and growth from tragedy; a rather existentialist approach to the human autonomy all-together. Better yet, to best be understood, there are several factors that distinguish the Humanistic Approach from other approaches within psychology. Defined by countless definitions from its development of the psychological theory, the Humanistic Approach to psychology includes emphasis on the belief that individuals have a right to autonomy and self-determination; subject to accepting responsibility for their own actions. This rather positive approach encourages a person to take ownership of his or her potential through means of self-reflection and to take the steps necessary to achieve such acknowledgements.
    Before Gaga had been signed to any label she had a dark period of self-infliction (reported by TMZ and E-News in 2008) and ‘vandalism’ of her own name from the aspect she had little self esteem and after declining her acceptance to college, she walked a path of drug experimentation and roomers of a transgender body. Jessica chose both the Cognitive and Social Cognitive Aspects approach and The Big 5 to best relate to Gaga. While Jessica’s explanation that the Cognitive and Social Cognitive Aspects approach uses limited sets of adjective dimensions to describe and scale individuals (appropriate for Gaga), I feel a more specific approach would be the Humanistic. Contrary to the narrow method of the Cognitive and Social Cognitive approach, the Humanistic demonstrates characteristics similar to Gaga. Although not initially successful in her career upon her rejection of acceptance to college, she knew school was not where her heart and passion lay, but rather with her music and personal belief that her destiny was to entertain and let her ‘message’ be heard around the world (“it is ok to stand out and freedom of speech through song can heal any sad heart”-Gaga). It wasn’t necessarily how she saw her self that was an indication she became who she had wanted, but rather it was the collaboration of determinism and belief in herself. The personas Gaga takes on through song, performance and costume are all personal choices that remind her of what it means to be human; flawed and unique. With her success and fame, knowing she every day has to struggle to fight her once addiction to drugs and alcohol, she is content and has reached self- actualisation. Reflection of the Humanistic approach, I feel this could have been used as well to emphasize the person she is today. I thought it was interesting however how Jessica chose the Cognitive and Social Cognitive Aspects approach.
    Overall, I thought this was a well-constructed biography, perspective and discussion of Lady Gaga. If I *had to* change anything about this page created, it would be perhaps to have taken a different approach than the Cognitive and Social Cognitive. The big 5 Jessica used (extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism and openness) fit accordingly to the biography.
    4:58 pm

Monday, April 26

  1. msg Responce...GREAT JOB.(I LOVE BEYONCE) message posted Responce...GREAT JOB.(I LOVE BEYONCE) Response Paper to the Personality Assessment of Beyonce Knowles The biography of the personality…
    Response Paper to the Personality Assessment of Beyonce Knowles

    The biography of the personality assessment is well done but it provides no connection to the rest of the paper. It does provide a quick background of her life, such as her first dance competitions, the first singing group she became a part of, the first few cd’s she made with that group, and the first movies she ever made. In the assignment, you ask for the biography to “focus on aspects of the person’s life that are relevant to your assessment”. If Beyonce is such a shy person then what lead her to such a extroverted and publicized career. Does she have any subconscious desires? Was she a talkative child? If she talked about her career a lot in the biography, maybe she could address if she had any trait changes as she changed jobs, to connect her biography to her assessment. When was she the most conscientious and agreeable? While being a part of Destiny’s Child? As a solo singer? Or as an actor? Is Beyonce really that shy if she is so open to sharing her embarrassing moments, or her weaknesses with her fans. I disagree, I think that she seems to be a very extroverted person off the screen too. She doesn’t have a problem speaking to her fans about her personal life, and is very friendly and open in her interviews. One of her videos, “Flaws and All”, shows her personality while she is not on screen. She is a very extroverted person, funny, and expressive person. If she used the Trait perspective, another indicator she could have used to analyze Beyonce was the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Is Beyonce a realistic or imaginative person, is she logical or objective, and is she more perceptive or judgmental?
    In the Neo-Analytic and Ego Perspective she mentions one of Jung’s famous theories as having three parts of the mind. She identified these as the ego, the personal unconscious, and the collective unconscious. She addressed these very well, and I agree with the aspects of Beyonce’s personality that associates with these three parts of the mind, especially the ego. Beyonce’s ego is very assertive and dominant. The qualities that make her a strong and independent woman are those that very few females in this world share. People should use her as an example, to learn how to be in a relationship, yet lead a very self independent life. As she mentioned she has her own successful career, working as a singer and actor and clothing designer. She may not be aware that creating the name “Sasha Fierce”, says something about her versatility. She says that this is an “alter ego that I’ve created that kind of protects me and who I really am”, quoted from a magazine called the Daily Stab. I don’t believe she address the second part of the mind, the personal unconscious, to Beyonce. But she did explain the third, the collective unconscious and the different archetypes. Great Job!! I also admire her and strive to lead a very independent life like she does.
  2. msg Daniel Gaewski - Reponse to Sylar message posted Daniel Gaewski - Reponse to Sylar Response to Sylar by Hoang Trinh I absolutely agree with the first part of this assessment. Sylar …
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    Response to Sylar by Hoang Trinh
    I absolutely agree with the first part of this assessment. Sylar is the perfect example of what Adler’s superiority complex describes. He grew up as a watchmaker’s son, in an inferior position (it seems he always wanted to be more than ordinary). When he discovered his “ability” to take other super’s powers, it gave him the chance to finally become something. He changed his identity, taking on the name “Sylar” as he slowly began acquiring new powers by treating others as clocks that need to be taken apart. His new identity certainly showed an “exaggerated arrogance” that Adler described in his theory. He is publicly known and feared, and quickly becomes the most powerful super-person on the show (since his ability is essentially to absorb other’s abilities.) He does change his identity many times once he starts killing, and this isn’t helped by Angela Petrellli claiming to be his mother. His quest to find his true parents (and why he is “special”) serves as a large part of his quest to clarify his identity.
    If I were to disagree with one part of this assessment it would be the behaviorist perspective. I don’t think chalking Sylar’s actions up to operant conditioning alone does enough to describe this complex character. While it may be true that in the beginning of discovering his powers, Sylar developed a certain positive reinforcement for gaining new powers, but at some point this isn’t enough to describe his actions. We have to take into consideration that with each new power, Sylar basically takes on a new psychological ability, and this must all work to create an extremely complex brain (think about someone who can perform telekinesis, read minds, detect lies, as well as a plethora of other talents). A behaviorist perspective would be just too simplistic to be able to account for everything that occurs inside Sylar’s mind, and doesn’t take into consideration his other motivations and drives. To say he has simply been to conditioned to kill like some rat seeking a reward seems wrong.
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  3. msg Daniel Gaewski - Reponse to Ash Ketchum message posted Daniel Gaewski - Reponse to Ash Ketchum Response to Ash Ketchum by Anthony Keovongkoth I agree with most of this personality assessment. A…
    Daniel Gaewski - Reponse to Ash Ketchum
    Response to Ash Ketchum by Anthony Keovongkoth
    I agree with most of this personality assessment. Ash certainly seems to be at the intimacy vs. isolation stage of Erik Erickson’s Life Span theory, judging by how many close relationships he has with both people and pokemon. He would have certainly passed through all the other stages by now. He has a good relationship with his mother, as shown in early episodes (trust vs mistrust), he is extremely autonomous, having left his house at only age 10 to travel, and he has a huge amount of initiative that shows itself time and again in his quest to become a pokemon master, so we can see he must have passed both the autonomy vs shame/doubt and initiative vs guilt stages. Although most people pass through the industry/inferiority stage during school, Ash has done this while on the road with his friends, catching lots of new pokemon.
    The part of this assessment that I don’t completely agree with is where Ash scores on the big five personality traits. I agree in thinking Ash is very high on Openness (he wants to be the very best, like no one ever was, which means he travels all around the world and meets many knew people and species of pokemon, and has plenty of new experiences) and agreeableness (he seems to attract friends very easily, like Brock and Misty for example). However I would not score Ash very high on the Conscientiousness scale. For one thing, he is almost ALWAYS lost, and this is an indicator of how he isn’t very well organized (he usually needs Misty and Brock to keep him on track). Even though he can be very brave in the heat of battle, for the most part he is often anxious and can be extremely lazy. His high extraversion and mid-range neuroticism make sense to me.
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  4. msg response to jimi message posted response to jimi I feel that using the psychoanalytic approach to explain Hendrix’s behavior; specifically focusing …
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    I feel that using the psychoanalytic approach to explain Hendrix’s behavior; specifically focusing on problems in the oral stage, does not give much insight into his behaviors or personality. Hendrix impressed people by playing his guitar in non-classical ways; behind his back or with his teeth most famously. I view these behaviors as an impressive feat of talent and a supreme understanding of the guitar rather than an association with the oral stage of psychosexual development. I believe that his behaviors of using substances, eating and drinking also may be less correlated to psychosexual development of the oral stage than imagined. Smoking marijuana is the most common way of using the substance, which currently has been used by about forty percent of the population at least once. The extremely common use of marijuana, especially in Jimi’s time period, suggests that using social explanations to understand such behaviors may breed a better understanding. I believe that eating or getting hungry after smoking marijuana is a biological reaction, and that the heightened sensation of taste makes eating even more enjoyable when under the influence of marijuana. I feel that this is a better explanation for why these behaviors are paired together, rather than correlating them with the oral stage. Drug use is a complex behavior that cannot be explained in such narrow terms as being fixated on the oral stage. If problems with the oral stage were truly the root behind Hendrix’s drug use then he would have remained fixated on drugs that deal with the mouth rather than moving to drug’s like heroin that are ingested in other ways.
    I believe that the best explanation for Hendrix’s drug and alcohol use would come from utilizing information from the behaviorist or cognitive aspects of personality. Through observational learning or modeling Jimi learned maladaptive behaviors from his mother, who was a heavy alcoholic. The biological aspect may also be taken into account as addiction and alcoholism is linked to genetics.
    The idea that Jimi Hendrix actively engaged in self defense mechanisms such as sublimation, denial and reaction formation is a logical idea that breeds good understanding of the eccentric front man. Jimi was arrested many times for violent acts and destruction, something that is not normally attributed to the peace loving hippie. I agree with the idea that Hendrix was using sublimation to transform these intense primitive aggressive and sexual urges to artistic expressions. In interviews I have seen, Hendrix also uses denial to protect himself from unwanted anxiety as was also stated by Evan. I believe that Hendrix was also using the defense mechanism reaction formation in his entire persona. His true feelings of anger, aggression, and rage were covered by a personality that preached peace, love, and understanding. His true feelings would surface in alcohol use, leading to occasional arrests or acts of violence.
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  5. msg response to quagmire message posted response to quagmire I completely agree with Khaled’s analysis of Glen Quagmire using Freud’s Psychoanalytic approach. …
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    I completely agree with Khaled’s analysis of Glen Quagmire using Freud’s Psychoanalytic approach. Clearly Quagmire behaves in ways that reflect problems with the balancing of the id and superego. The idea is most established in the fact that Quagmire cannot hold back his sexual desires even for his best friend’s wives. Quagmire’s ego is under extreme stress from attempting to balance a completely sexually dominated id with a superego that is apparently non-existent. Social norms are no constraint on Quagmire’s actions, as his id dominates his behavior.
    There also may be a direct link, as Khaled had stated, to psychosexual stages; most prominently the phallic stage where the child becomes familiar with pleasure through the genitals. The Oedipus complex within Quagmire is specifically unusual as well, as he apparently is completely consciously aware of his desire to have sex with his mother. This may reflect some kind of sexual abuse or mistreatment of Quagmire by his mother when he was a young child.
    Quagmire’s inability to have real compassion for women may be a reflection of a self defense mechanism; specifically denial, reaction formation, or repression. Quagmire is very warm and gentle with animals, which suggests that he has the capacity for compassion for woman, but does not act upon it. I feel that Quagmire may have had a hard time dealing with his wife’s death because he was so emotionally invested in her. To avoid being hurt like that again Quagmire may repress his true feelings and emotions, just letting out those related to sex. His extremely sexual personality may be a reaction formation opposing his true feelings of love and compassion. It might be that Quagmire denies his true feelings in exchange for one’s that are not so fragile and don’t leave him vulnerable.
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  6. msg Response message posted Response Michael Jackson was an incredible artist and extremely talented person with a traumatic childhood e…
    Michael Jackson was an incredible artist and extremely talented person with a traumatic childhood experience that continued to severely affect his life adversely through adulthood and to his death. His father both physically and emotionally abused Michael and his siblings throughout his life, promoting him as an object for entertainment at an early age. Michael had incredible assets that furthered his career as an artist and marked him as a type of god musically and artistically. Michael’s success in the entertainment business was not complimentary of his lifestyle that was often misleading and, at times, questionable. The Big Five Trait perspective provided a great explanation on the different characteristics of Michael’s personality and behavior. The Neo Analytic and Ego perspectives are somewhat inadequate in their explanation of why Michael chose to alter his appearance. Overall, both perspectives elucidated valid points and conceptions about Michael’s perplexed personality.
    The Big Five Trait perspective contained convincing information on Jackson’s score on all five traits, primarily in the cases of neuroticism and openness. Jackson was undoubtedly high in neuroticism which can be understood by the turmoil he faced during childhood to his impulsive and controversial actions, including extensive cosmetic surgery procedures and allowing children to sleep in his bed. Jackson was extremely unstable and has had multiple allegations against him that he has molested children. Michael was also extremely open to new experiences and was more liberal in his thoughts than most. He was not only extremely successful in his musical career, but he was keen on the idea of keeping attitudes youthful which can be noted by his theme park creation of Neverland. Jackson was also very generous in charitable acts, mostly those which concerned children.
    Although the Neo and Ego Analytic perspective had good points, the assumption that the abuse he received caused him to desire to change his outward appearance might be somewhat questionable. The abuse he received as a child definitely effected his neurotic mindset, but he was still more emotionally unstable than his siblings, which may be more described as mental disability or the fact that he rose to fame in childhood and was never out of the limelight for the entirety of his existence. He never lived a childhood and much of what he knew and who he was depended on peoples’ views of him. Constant pressure was probably a notable factor in his obsession about his appearance.
    Michael Jackson is still one of the most renowned names in Hollywood because of his exceptional talents, but he is also the most contentious. Jackson often acted rashly and was the cause of several conflicts, including his odd behaviors that led to the accusation that he had molested children on more than one occasion. Michael Jackson was fixated on youth and the focus of his attention was nearly always on children; his contribution to charity was almost entirely toward children. Jackson did not seek help or take any steps in progressing in character but remained stagnant in personality, avoiding the chance at maturity.