Assignment 16788

The reply can be between 100 to 150 words.
Upon reading about Allport, Cattell, and Eysenck, while all
brilliant with intriguing theories, I found myself most interested in
Eysenck. He is most notable for critiquing Freud’s psychoanalytic theory
by categorizing people as either an extrovert or an introvert,
and by emotional stability or instability. I do believe that he does a
good job of explaining personality, mainly so because people are
generally either outgoing or shy. While these are very broad terms and
people could exhibit both concepts in one way or another, people tend to
lean towards one more than another. This theory has practical relevance
because, unlike Freud who based his theory around childhood and
adolescence,Eysenck bases his around the growth of personality to then
further place each person into a category. The way that Eysenck is able
to test for either introversion or extroversion and neuroticism or not
is more practical and the results of the tests are more applicable. As
stated before, I do not think that every human in the world is either
one category or the other but rather a slight combination of the two,
the results gives one insight on themselves or others and can explain
why one may have certain tendencies.
I believe that this theory is less scientifically rigorous in
comparison to some of the theories that I have learned about this far.
Eysenck based his theory on genetics, and then further testing on
questionnaires. The problem with this is that the genetics of a parent
does not always translate over to the personality of their child.
Personality is affected by both nature and nurture. The problem with the
questionnaires is that those who are taking them may not be very
truthful to themselves when answering the questions. For example, a shy
book worm may strive and want to be a social butterfly, and that may
very well be sociable with the fewer close friends they have. However
this may affect the results of the test because the person answering
said questions may be fabricating their answers to be the person they
wish they were. I believe that his theory is better than most of the
theories that we have covered in the course so far, but I don’t think I
could say it is the best. There are flaws and holes in every theory,
which is why they are theories and not scientific laws. I hope
throughout the remainder of the course I will learn more theories from
other theorists and can further my knowledge on personality.