Personality Psychology

Learn more about Personality Psychology with our book

Hello and welcome to our book on Psychology of Personality. The aim of the book is to gain in-depth knowledge of the psychology of the personality, to understand why this part of psychological science is important, and how generally personal psychology contributes to the behaviour and life of the person. The book is divided into five main topics into the most influential theoretical concepts and schools on understanding the notion of personality.

First, we will introduce you the psychoanalytic personality theory created by Sigmund Freud. We will turn our attention to the three psychic structures (Id, Ego and the Super-ego), their functions and meaning. We will look at the notion of a person in terms of classical psychoanalysis. We will introduce you Freud’s ideas and views on the Life Drive and the Death Drive.

Second, we will present you the ideas and views of Carl Gustav Jung and analytical psychology about the personality. We will focus on some differences in Jung and Freud’s views and we will look at the three personality structures in the theory of Jung. We will introduce you the idea of the personal consciousness, personal unconscious and the collective unconscious, their meaning and functions, and we will look at the typology of the personality created by Jung, which most people know as the psychological concepts “introvert” and “extravert”.

Third, we will present you the ideas and views of Erich Fromm and his critique of Sigmund Freud’s theories. We’ll look at the escape mechanisms dealt with by Fromm. We will focus on Karen Horney’s insight into the female psyche and her views on anxiety, and we will look at the personal orientations described by her.

Fourth, we will present you the ideas and views of Alfred Adler and individual psychology. We will look at his social approach to personality. We will look at the social interest, its significance and its functions. We will introduce you Adler’s idea of the feeling of inferiority and the inferiority complex and how it can be overcome. And we will introduce you the hypothesis raised by Adler about the leader of our lives, namely the sense of authority and superiority.

Fifth, we will present you the situational and the dispositional approach to the personality. We will look at the ideas and views of Gordon Allport, Hans Eysenck, Kurt Lewin, Raymond Bernard Cattell and Walter Mischel. We will introduce the idea of features and dispositions. We will also look at the main criticisms of the two approaches to explaining the person.

Abouth The Author

Valentin Boyadzhiev is a trained nutritionist, graduated Master of Psychology in “Psychology and Psychopathology of Development”. He has acquired Professional Qualification “Teacher of Psychology” and Postgraduate Professional Qualification “Psychological Counseling in Psychosomatic and Social Adaptation Disorders”. He has obtained a Psychoanalysis Diploma and he is currently specializing in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. He is a member of the Association “Bulgarian Psychoanalytic Space”, “International Society of Applied Psychoanalysis” and „International Alliance of Holistic Therapists“. He is a lecturer on issues related to nutrition, diet, supplementation, food and sports. He is also a teacher and a lecturer in the field of psychology, logic, ethics, law, and philosophy. He has been a school psychologist since 2017. He has been participating annually in scientific conferences on psychology, psychotherapy, dietetics and medicine. His main interest and practice are in the field of psychoanalysis and clinical psychology.

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