645 Personality Theory Paper

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Personality Theory Paper
The Pursuit of Happyness
PSYCH/645 Personality Theories
Donna Belvin
March 1, 2015
Instructor: Juliet Fenyk

Introduction In the biographical film The Pursuit of Happyness, the central character Chris Gardner is a self- employed salesman with a girlfriend and five year old son, who has spent his life savings on medical machines. The sale of the medical machines is not producing consistent income and the lifestyle of his family suffers leading to his girlfriend leaving him, but Chris insists on his son being left with him. During this time Chris life changes and he becomes homeless with his five year old son and his determination is to succeed. Chris is able to enter an internship where he is
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Next Chris inability to maintain safe shelter, this need became predominant and lead to motivating Chris despite his challenge to endure living in shelters to ensure his son and himself were able to be rested each day (Maslow, 2012). After these levels are met Chris relationship between his son and himself became closer and the most important to him (Maslow, 2012). This in turn leads to the level of esteem represented in his being chosen to participate in a program where his abilities would get the recognition of his superiors and colleagues to acquire the position of stock broker (Maslow, 2012). The highest level of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is self-actualization and this is represented in Chris by obtaining a paid position after successfully meeting the requirements of the internship at this level Chris motivation has arrived at his capability of being a stock broker (Maslow, 2012).
How Chris behavior could be interpreted when the Psychoanalytical Approach is used Psychoanalytical theory approach would not view human motivation as Maslow. The psychoanalytic theory place human motivation as an individual’s sexuality and aggression (McAdams, 2006). In psychoanalysis the person talks about they are experiencing with a therapist who
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