Using Allport 's Trait Theory Approach

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Application Questions:
Using Allport’s trait theory approach, describe Mary’s personality by answering the following questions. Answer thoroughly and completely, using full sentences and citing to sources to support any contentions and analyses.
1. Allport suggested seven criteria that demonstrate that a person is psychologically healthy (mature). What are they? Find examples of them in the case.
From one to four years old:
Sense of body- involves consciousness of physical sensations, (Piotrowski, 2005). Example: Mary is aware of her frown lines.
Self identity- corresponds to the child’s comprehension of an internal sameness or stability over time, (Piotrowski, 2005). Example: Mary has always liked precision of number crunching; she likes it to the degree that she has integrated it into her housekeeping chores.
Self esteem – reflect personal efforts to preserve pride and avoid shame, (Piotrowski, 2005). Example: She shows satisfaction always keeping the house in order. She is always willing to help her friends by watching their children when needed, and preparing their parties.
From four to six years old:
Self Extension – it refers to the child’s perception of that which is his or hers, (Piotrowski, 2005). Example: Mary shows this by not delegating her functions as mother and housewife to anyone.
Self image – represents the consciousness of the person’s objectives and personal skills, as well as the good and bad of things of himself, (Piotrowski, 2005). Example: Mary is…
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