The Big Five theory

1. Traits/Costa-McCrae = Case Study 35 (ERIC); Application Q: 2, 4, &5 (400words)

2. Rogers = Case Study 17 (KATHERINE); Application Q: 1, 2, & 3(400words)
3. Maslow = Case Study 15 (CINDY); Application Q: 1, 3, & 4 (400words)

Extra Credit #5 Prompt (100words)

Back in the 1970’s two research teams (Paul Costa and Robert McCrae (National Institutes of Health), and Warren Norman ( University of Michigan)/Lewis Goldberg ( University of Oregon)) discovered that most human personality traits can be boiled down to five broad dimensions of personality, regardless of language or culture. The Big Five as they became known are:
ï Extroversion
ï Openness
ï Agreeableness
ï Conscientiousness
ï Neuroticism

Do you feel the BIG 5 is good at explaining oneís personality? Why or Why not? Based upon what your more complex understand about personality psychology, do you think the Big 5 misses any essential factors of personality? If so, what?

Extra Credit #6 Prompt (100words

Maslow placed constraints on self-actualization. First, Kurt Goldstein and Carl Rogers used the phrase to refer to what every living creature does: To try to grow, to become more, to fulfill its biological destiny. Maslow limits it to something only two percent of the human species achieves. And while Rogers felt that babies were the best examples of human self-actualization, Maslow saw it as something achieved only rarely by the young. What are your thoughts? Do you feel that Maslow was correct or incorrect in his theory that only 2% of the population became self-actualized? Why?

Extra Credit #7 Prompt (100words)

Critics of Rogers’s theories maintain serious doubts that therapists can, or should, establish a relationship of unconditional positive regard in the case of dangerously violent persons. At best, his ideas may be applied only among a limited range of clients, specifically those suffering from the milder forms of neurosis. Do you agree or disagree with these critiques of Rogerís theories? Why?

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