Eight Perspectives of Personality

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Psychoanalytic
attention to unconscious influences; importance of sexual drives even in nonsexual spheres
Neuroanalytic
emphasis on the self as it struggles to cope with emotions and drives on the inside and demands of others on the outside
Biological
focus on tendencies and limits imposed by biological inheritince; easily combined with most other approaches
Behaviorist
emphasis on a more specific analysis of the learning experiences that shape personality
Cognitive
emphasis on active nature of human thought; uses modern knowledge from cognitive psychology
Trait
focus on good individual assessment techniques
Humanistic/Existential
appreciation of the spiritual nature of a person; emphasizes struggles for self-fulfillment and dignity
Interactionist
understanding that we are different selves in different situations