Prior approval from the instructor of your chosen character is required.

Personality Theory Paper

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Personality Theory Paper

Select a fictional character from history, television, or film. Prior approval from the instructor of your chosen character is required. Film selections may include:

The Blind Side


A Beautiful Mind

Pursuit of Happy-ness


The Fisher King

Fatal Attraction

What about Bob?

Girl Interrupted

Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper in which you analyze your chosen character’s personality using one theorist or theory from each of the following columns:

Column A Column B Column C
Jung Allport Five-factor model
Adler Cattell Object relations
Freud Kelly Maslow
Horney Ellis


Search the University Library, the Theory Tables Learning Team Assignment, and other resources for information on each of the theorists or theories you selected.

Describe the connection between the character’s personality and the theory used to explain it using relevant information such as direct quotes, descriptions of life events, examples of interpersonal behavior, and so on.

Include the following in your paper:

A short introduction outlining the demographic and background information of the chosen character

An evaluation of how each of the chosen personality theorists or theories explains the personality of the chosen character

A discussion of how the selected character’s behavior might be interpreted differently, depending on which theoretical approach is used

A discussion of the extent to which each chosen theorist or theory would address relevant social, cultural, environmental, biological, or unconscious factors that may be influencing the character’s behavior

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.


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