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Homework Help: Psychology

Posted by Lost and Confused on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 2:58pm.

Select one theory of personality and use this theory to tell Michael how this theory explains his or her situation.

Here is the case study: Michael is a 40-year-old airline pilot who has recently begun to experience chest pains. The chest pains began when Michael signed his final divorce papers, ending his 15-year marriage. He fought for joint custody of his two children, ages 12 and 10, but although he wants to be with them more frequently, he only sees them every two weeks. This schedule is, in great part, a result of his employer's announcement that budget constraints would result in layoffs. Michael worries that without his job he will be unable to support his children and lose the new townhouse that he purchased. Michael's chest pains are becoming more frequent and he fears that he may be dying.

I first thought of learning theory because Michael can learn from the actions of behavior during his marriage to help change the course of future relationship problems. However, now I am second guessing myself and think of the Sociocultural Perspective because Michael might be considered a Collectivist.

I have read and read my textbooks, but I really do not understand each personality theory. Can someone please point me in the right direction and help put the theories in a more layman's term for me? Thanks!!!

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