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  1. page Harry Potter edited Harry Potter By Sung Jung Biography Harry Potter was born July 31st 1980 and is a brilliant h…
    Harry Potter
    By Sung Jung
    Harry Potter was born July 31st 1980 and is a brilliant half blood-wizard. He is the only child of James and Lily Potter. Unfortunately, James and Lily died soon after Harry was born due to the gruesome death caused by Lord Voldemort. In order to protect Harry from the imminent danger of Lord Voldemort, Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore who is considered as the most powerful and wise wizard of the time places Harry in the hands of Petunia (Evans) Dursley. Petunia is the older sister of Harry mom who resented the capabilities of Lily ability to summon the magic even though Lily was a muggle (non-magical people). Harry is protected under the watchful eyes of Albus Dumbledore.
    As Harry grows up under Dursley family nobody in Dursley family expects that Harry will go back to wizard world. When Harrys’ eleventh birthday Harry is invited to join the school of Hogwarts, a wizarding school designed to raise the wizard from all over the world. At this point Harry believed that his parents died with some sort of accident and he is shocked to find out that he is wizard. Rubeus Hagrid, the Hogwarts gamekeeper visits to give Harry an instruction what to do so that Harry is prepared for the school. As Harry grows up in the wizarding world he makes friends with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.
    When the Lord Voldemort cast death spell on Harrys’ parents the spell backfired and diminished the power of Lord Voldemort. The Lord Voldemort and his followers (they are called death eaters and they despise muggles) realize that in order to gain full strength they need to murder Harry. When the death spell backfired the spell somehow connected Lord Voldemort and Harry. Harry, Ron, and Hermione soon discover the dangers and adventures that lie ahead of them could be deadly, but the three trios help each other in order to overcome the obstacles. At the end of long journey Harry loses many people including his only godfather and one of his friends. So many people have sacrificed their life to fight against the Lord Voldemort and his followers, but eventually Harry with the help of his friends’ finally triumphs the evil and bring peace into the wizarding world. Harry at the end marries Ron younger sister Ginny Weasley and lives happily after.
    Trait and skill aspects of personality (Big Five)
    I initially decide to asses Harry Potter based on the big five model, for the reason Harry takes the leadership role majority of the time. I know Harry has all the qualities to become a leader, but I would like to dig deeper using the big five model.
    First, it is disappointing to say that harry slightly lacks the qualities of extraversion. Harry is very reserved and is afraid to try new things. Moreover, Harry does not take the initiative of starting new things. In the group setting, it is usually Hermione that takes the role of initiating and making plans for the group. Harry is more of an introvert which is the opposite of extravert. He is very quiet and does not have many friends. As an example, when people were cheering for Harry because he has won the Quidditch tournament (it is a wizarding world sports which involves brooms and flying) for the house Harry excuses himself and tries to be alone. Harry needs to be pushed to be in a social setting otherwise he is a type of person who will stay in his room by himself all day.
    Second, even though Harry lacks the skills of leadership and is introvert he does not lack in his strength in agreeableness. He even makes peace with his arch rival Draco Malfoy who despises Harry Potter because Draco thinks that Harry got everything for granted. Harry is very compassionate toward everybody which he friends with thus people stand by him when Harry needs them. It was his agreeableness which gave Harry the strength to continue fighting against Lord Voldemort. Also Harry has a soft heart for his friends especially for Ron and Hermione. That does not mean Harry avoids the confrontation. He gently lets people know that he is angry in a way that it is not an insult because he cares about other people feeling.
    Third, it is hard to decide whether Harry has strong conscientiousness or not because sometime Harry acts spontaneously and it puts him in a difficult spot where sometimes he is in danger. I have to admit that Hermione is the brain of the trios and organizes everything. It is usually either Harry or Ron who makes a mess and it is Hermione job to take care their mess. However, the unpredictability and spontaneous which Harry has sometimes bring good luck to Harry. As an example when Harry is in danger his quick thinking gets him out the danger. Harry thinks outside the box and is always thinking of new ways to break the challenge he faces.
    Fourth, unfortunately harry shows some sign of bad neuroticism. Harry feels vulnerable and feels anxious when he is under pressure. It can be due to losing his mother and father at such young age and raise by very mean aunt and uncle. The role of parents is very important to the kids. Having stable family not only means that you have a safe place where you can lean on somebody when you need somebody to lean on but also it means there is someone who cares about you all the time. It is very depressing and unhealthy for the people not to have a stable family. Family is very important and kids like Harry really needs family not friend.
    Fifth, Harry is very open to experience even though he is sometimes afraid to try new things. Harry could have easily refused to go to Hogwarts and stay at muggle world. Instead, Harry chooses to go to Hogwarts and embraces the danger he has to face. I rather say that Harry is more curious than have an open mind. In many occasions, Harry is in trouble or he puts himself into the situation where he is faced with the danger because Harry is curious about everything. I know Harry lived a dull life before he was invited to join the wizarding school, but that does not give him the right to go and look for the trouble.
    It is wrong to judge people and categorize them based on some stupid theory that psychologists have come up, but it is fun to analyze people. For some reason, it enables us to understand an individual person better since we are looking deep into that persons’ personality.
    Biological aspects of personality (Do Looks Reveal Personality?)
    It is absurd to judge people based on their body types, but psychologist Sheldon have come up with three different types of personality based on people somatotypes. We can define people based on their somatotypes since our body can constantly change based on our life style, but we have to assume that there is some link between body types and personalities which we have.
    The first one is theendomorphs, which is round type. In other words endomorphs are the people that are fat who love to eat lots of good food and have good time. They like to socialize with people and are good humored. Harry definitely is not Endomorphs since he is skinny and shy. Above all, Harry seems a bit distance from the reality and likes to be himself. I start to think that Harry is so into the role of being hero he puts distance with people that care about him. It is not healthy, but Harry doesn’t want his friend to get hurt.
    The second somatotype is the mesomorphs, they are very athletic and are very active unlike endomorphs. According to mesomorphs, they are bold and they are very dominant. Also, the mesomorphs love to travel and outdoor activities. Surprisingly, Harry is very athletic even though he looks skinny and looks like a person who does not enjoy sports. His athletic ability is far beyond anybody’s expectation. Harry might not be as smart as Hermione, but he is athletic abilities are superb. I think Harry is using sports to take out the anger, anxiety, and all the negative energy that are inside him.
    The last one is ectomorphs. These types of people are simply self-conscious, inhibited, anxious, artistic, and are emotionally restrained. Harry does not show any of these characteristics even though he is skinny. It looks like there is no link between somatotypes and the personality of individual person. People cannot be categorized because we are who we are and we can be whatever we want to be. Just because a person looks skinny or fat does not mean that the person is expected to behave in certain ways that are defined by psychologist.
    Psychologists can come up with many ways of categorizing people. For some unknown reason people like to put things in order. I have attempted to asses Harry based on trait and skill aspects of personality (Big Five) and Biological aspects of personality (Do Looks Reveal Personality?), but I have come to conclusion that it is hard to analyze a person just using two perspective of personality. The interaction between two human takes far more complicated steps and understanding one person takes a long time. Also it is wrong to judge people based on the personality type.
    Friedman, H.S., & Schustack, M. W. (2009). Personality: Classic Theories and Modern Research, 4th edition. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

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  2. msg Response to snooki message posted Response to snooki Going off Samantha’s interpretation of Mark Snyder’s theory on high and low self monitors I agree t…
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    Going off Samantha’s interpretation of Mark Snyder’s theory on high and low self monitors I agree that Snooki would be considered a low self monitor as well. Having seen a few shows of “The Jersey Shore” shows I feel as if I can accurately make that judgment. Just as Samantha’s describes, it doesn’t seem like Snooki changes her behavior or how she acts depending on the situation she is in. Samantha’s describes the account on how even at her place of work she’s the obnoxious, bit rambunctious, and spontaneously friendly person that she is rather than being up-tight and all about business. Snooki is not the type to have different “masks” or types of personality depending on the social situation she is in. In a nut shell, Samantha states that, “low self-monitors have what is called a dispositional orientation, they value keeping their behavior consistent more than they value adjusting their behavior to the situation at hand” which accurately depicts Snooki. As seen in the shows, her personality consistently stays the same which is an attribute of a low self monitor.
    On a contrary note, I disagree when Samantha states that Snooki may have a superiority complex in response to the neo-analytical approach. I disagree with this because when a person develops a superiority complex “it is the reaction to an inferiority complex in which the individual acts with an exaggerated arrogance.” Snooki does not seem to act this way at all, even as Samantha states, that’s just her personality. Snooki is optimistic, rambunctious, obnoxious, loud, etc. not arrogant. In Samantha’s approach on ego aspect of personality she even backs up that idea of how Snooki is consistent with her personality. It’s possible Snooki doesn’t just act loud and wear heels to be heard, but because heels are worn as a fashion statement and even as Samantha says, her personality is just consistently loud and outgoing now because of her superiority complex of being short. Practically ALL girls wear heels, even girl in higher heights of 5’. It’s not to say Snooki definitely doesn’t have a superiority complex, but to make such accusation based up her size and personality cant be 100% accurate especially when Samantha talks about her spontaneous and loud consistent personality being apart of who she is in the next paragraph.
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  3. msg Larry David Response message posted Larry David Response Famous Personality Assessment Response: Larry David Student: Richard Saenz Larry David is …
    Larry David Response
    Famous Personality Assessment Response: Larry David
    Student: Richard Saenz

    Larry David is one of the most well accomplished comedians in the past decade. He created a name for himself through his comedic writing for Seinfield and the show Curb Your Enthusiasm, which depicts his own life. Due to his rather exaggerated representation of himself in his show on HBO, it is difficult for his audiences to understand that there may be other degrees to his personality. As a fan of Larry David for years, I always assumed he would have been a class clown growing up. Based on the information presented in Richard’s analysis, I was able to understand the actual depth of this comedian’s personality.

    In my personal opinion, Freud’s Psychoanalytic Approach appropriately applies to Larry David’s persona. The reality is that Larry is a comedian who created an altar ego for himself as the main character of his television series. Outside of the show, Larry realizes that the actions his altered self would not be deemed socially acceptable in his daily life. As a result, he has created a way to practice his pleasure seeking side or id. Based on Freud’s views, Larry utilizes this id to relieve tension from his childhood. As Richard assessed, the fact that Larry received little recognition from his family for his humor led him to live out his id. Growing up, Larry seemed to feel the need to pay slightly more attention to his superego. After his parents seemed to view his humor and goofy antics as obnoxious, Larry decided to give into societal norms and place his love for comedy on the backburner. On the show, however, he lets his id run free as his character shows no regrets acting out in ways that others would view as inconsiderate or crude. Though Larry seems to find a balance between his id and superego in his actual daily life, he definitely appears to be mocking his family and childhood past by living out his inner desires of revenge via his id.

    In terms of Murray’s Needs, it appears that Larry David actually does seek power in regards to his profession. As stated in the assessment, Larry desires to put his “personal stamp” on his acting, writing and comedy. In the discussion, it is mentioned that Larry once walked out on a fellow Saturday Night Live writer on season. The head writer did not appreciate Larry’s humor in a specific skit, causing the comedian to feel very angry and defensive. The assessment suggests that Larry does not seek power, but it appears he actually prefers to be on top of the comedic totem pole. Rather than adapting his comedy to what was needed for that specific skit, Larry refused to change his style of writing. Though it is applaud worthy that Larry stood by his own beliefs, this event also shows his desire to do things in his own way.

    Overall, I found that this assessment clearly structured the personality of Larry David. He is a very complex character who primarily receives recognition for his altar ego on his television series. Now, I am able to see how there are multiple dimensions to his personality based on his childhood experiences, struggles with women and finding a voice in such a competitive career path. My only other critique is that it may have been interesting to dive deeper into Larry’s past relationships. He was married for fourteen years to Laurie David, and they recently divorced due to “irreconcilable differences.” When Jay Leno interviewed him shortly after the divorce was filed, Leno asked him whose fault it was for the marriage ending. In the interview, it was apparent how disrespected David felt by this abrupt question. David then admitted that his wife “preferred to have sex with someone she liked.” Later, there were allegations that David’s ex-wife had a two-year affair with former Vice President Al Gore, which led to the end of his marriage with Tipper. This information could have led to a whole other spectrum about Larry David’s personality in terms of his relationship with his ex-wife, his past struggles with women, and his fathering style with his two daughters. For celebrities like Larry David, there are infinite magnitudes to their personality traits.
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  4. msg Responce message posted Responce In Anna Drinka’s personality assessment on Voldemort I agree with her on the all Allport’s Trait Ps…
    In Anna Drinka’s personality assessment on Voldemort I agree with her on the all Allport’s Trait Psychology Perspective, expect one. Voldemort is very extroverted. He can have conversations with anyone and carry them out. As she said, he didn’t have many friends at the school, when he was there, but he was highly liked by the staff. He also attained many followers in his quest for morality, which means he had to go out and talk to them and have them join. Yes, he used manipulation but the fact he could go out and talk to strangers shows some social skills. Voldemort does have a front for agreeableness. He makes everyone believe he is on their side when in reality he would do anything to anyone who gets in his way or is of no use to him. He makes his followers believe they are all in this together and that he is on their side. They are completely oblivious to his true inner self.
    The one trait that I don’t agree with Anna is conscientiousness. I believe Voldemort is very low on the conscientiousness scale, not in the middle. He isn’t very dependable, organized or responsible at all. He isn’t very dependable because he always betrays everyone he meets, no matter who they are. They may believe him but in the end they can never fully trust him. He also isn’t very organized. He does plan things out but he doesn’t take into account other factors that may happen. He just believes because he is almighty that all situations will work out. Everything is his way or the highway. If things get screwed up it never seems to be his fault. He never takes full responsible for things. As for making Harry an eighth Horcrux, he didn’t plan for that but that was his own fault. He shouldn’t have been more careful and organized the plan better. He wasn’t very cautious in that situation. He just went in with a plan, a not well thought out plan, and murdered a family and ended up making his own enemy.
  5. msg Carman Response message posted Carman Response Wow, I mean Cartman
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    Wow, I mean Cartman
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  6. msg Response to Voldemort message posted Response to Voldemort Anna’s psychological assessment on Voledmort is accurate when using Adler’s Individual psychologica…
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    Anna’s psychological assessment on Voledmort is accurate when using Adler’s Individual psychological assessment, however I disagree with some parts interpreted though Allport’s trait perspective.
    I agree with Anna that Voldemort is driven by an organ inferiority complex. In the case of Voldemort, it would be his half-blood status; meaning that he comes from a parent that does not have magical powers and one who was born a wizard or witch. To overcome this organ inferiority, as Anna put, Voldemort strives to become more than a mortal by becoming the most powerful dark wizard in the wizarding world and by attempting to master death through the use of Horcruxes. His style of life has been focused on being the greatest wizard to overcome what he believes is an organ inferiority; half-blood status. I agree that in this case Voldemort does not display aggressive drives simply because he has never displayed helplessness, at a young age he’s shown that he was independent from anyone and ambitious. His superiority striving are apparent in his actions trying to become the greatest wizard, an example Anna mentioned would be attain the elder wand, the most powerful wand ever made.
    When using Allports Traits perspective to analyze Voldemort I can agree with Anna that he has an adaptive personality. He can be very persuasive and charming only when he needs to be. His ambition to attain power and become the greatest wizard causes him to use others and in doing so he adapts his charming personality on them for his own ulterior motives. In looking at the Big Five I disagree with Anna in saying that Voldemort falls in the middle for conscientiousness. Voldemort is a careful planner; he figures out what he must do and executes his plan accordingly. In making his Horcruxes he was careful in chosing only objects that are of great importance to reflect his superiority. Also in resurrecting himself in the 4th Harry Potter book, he was careful in how he would get Harry right where he wanted him by having one of his followers on the inside of Hogwarts to put Harry in the Triwizard Tournament and making it so Harry won in order to kidnap him. I also I disagree with Anna saying that Voldemort is low on Nueroticism. Voldemort is constantly showing hostility to all around him and how he is in fact vulnerable through his Horcuxes. Before this too by wanting to overcome his status as half-blood he strived to be the best wizard. This status is also a sign of his vulnerability that he doesn’t wish to see or want anyone else to see; it is shown by him never referring to himself as half-blood and looking down on other half-bloods. He is a self-loathing half blood.
    In Conclusion Anna is accurate in saying that Voldemort diplays an oragan inferiority and strives to overcome this by creating Horcuxes and trying to become the most powerful wizard ever. However analyzing through Allports Big Five I would say that Voldemort is high in conscientiousness and Neuroticism.
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  9. msg Response to “Frodo Baggins” by Rachelle Robinson message posted Response to “Frodo Baggins” by Rachelle Robinson Response to “Frodo Baggins” by Rachelle Robinson I disagree that Frodo successfully completed th…
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    I disagree that Frodo successfully completed the first four stages as you mentioned at the start of your Freudian Approach. I think you explain key aspects of his personality correctly, but could have elaborated on them a bit more as to how they were met as far as the Psychosexual Stages. The stages that I feel Frodo did not finish are the Oral, Phallic, and Latency stages. You explain how he is somewhat dependent on others and that he too easily trusts people. Such dependency issues suggest he probably struggled as an infant to give up breastfeeding, resulting in his relying on others more than he should. You also mention that Frodo never had a girlfriend. Throughout all three movies I never recall him being attracted to or having much interaction with females, implying being stuck in the Phallic stage. Unsuccessful completion of the mentioned stages likely led to problems in the Latency and ultimately the Genital stages as well. This is proven by the fact that we never see Frodo in any sort of a sexually mature relationship to the opposite sex.

    I agree with your analysis of Frodo through Erickson’s perspective. Frodo’s ability to trust certainly comes directly from his experiences and relationships. You mentioned that as in infant his parents probably fed him all the time and that maybe he became too reliant on them. This upbringing would account for him being overly trusting. He definitely successfully completed the first stage of Trust vs. Mistrust, which explains his ability to be hopeful even in the midst of chaos. I also agree that Frodo learned autonomy. As you said, he willingly was the first person to accept the task of destroying the ring. While he does receive help along his journey from his friends, he certainly exhibits independence as the burden of the ring is his alone to bear. This strong will to persevere shows that he has mastered the Autonomy vs. Shame stage too.

    Overall you nailed down the most important parts of Frodo Baggins personality and how they were important to his situation. I feel Erickson’s Approach highlights his journey and growth well as the experiences he went through molded who he was.
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  10. msg Response message posted Response Michael Jackson is certainly an interesting person to look at using different psychological perspec…
    Michael Jackson is certainly an interesting person to look at using different psychological perspectives. It would be hard find to an individual who hasn’t at least of heard his name because of the contributions he’s made to the music industry. However, his name is familiar for other reasons, some of which involve scandal, which is why taking a closer look at his personality can reveal underlying reasons for his behavior. The trait and skill perspective is a great way to look at the different aspects of Michael Jackson’s personality. I completely agree with how you used Gordon Allport’s Big Five to assess the varying levels of each trait and how they related to Michael Jackson’s life. Specifically, the trait of neuroticism is one that is important to evaluate because it seems to be the cause of many of the publicly misunderstood aspects of Jackson’s life. I agree that the abuse he suffered in the past is most likely the reason for the neuroticism he displayed. You also mentioned the sub-traits of anxiety and vulnerability and how they impacted his life, possibly even being the cause of his many plastic surgeries as well as dangerous addiction to sleeping pills. These sub-traits only prove even further that neuroticism was a trait that Jackson would rate high in.
    Using the Neo-Analytic perspective was another great way to further assess Michael Jackson’s personality. I think Karen Horney’s perspective was a great one to use because her theory of basic anxiety involves a child’s fear of being alone, helpless, or insecure all of which is driven by a child’s relationship with their parent. It is obvious that Jackson’s abuse as a child was something he struggled with and it had a huge impact on his life. Although I agree that the abuse he encountered as a child played a role in the outcome of his life, I’d also argue there might have been other factors that additionally led to Jackson’s ,“Despised Self”. He was in the spotlight from a very young age which resulted in a lot of pressure for success and continued fame. It is hard for children to deal with being thrown into a world of fame and fortune that most adults can’t even handle. It is rare to find a former child star that was able to mature in to an adult without any sort of difficulty. The pressure to have success and be able to provide for his family might have also been a cause for Jackson’s anxiety. Being in the spotlight can also lead to the feelings of inferiority and shortcomings involved with the, “Despised Self,” because you are expected to be perfect. Other than that I like the other aspects of Horney’s perspective that you touched on. I definitely agree that Michael used the coping strategy of moving toward, and that through being an entertainer and making others happy he found fulfillment.
    Overall I thought this was a well written assessment and it was enjoyable to read. The two perspectives you chose really allowed me to gain insight in to the underlying reasons for why Michael Jackson was the person he was. Michael Jackson had a very unique personality that was misunderstood by many and I think you did a great job assessing it.
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