Human Growth and the Development of Personality, Edition: 3 by Jack Kahn, Susan Elinor Wright and Jean P. Nursten (Auth.)

By Jack Kahn, Susan Elinor Wright and Jean P. Nursten (Auth.)

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The advantage of theory is that experiences are formulated for general use, and the insights can become a recognized, interpretive model. Learning theory has become a basis of some of the procedures used in psychiatry, social work and education. Within psychiatry, the theory has been applied under the label of "behaviour therapy" or (as we prefer) "behaviour shaping" to the treatment of phobias, obsessional states, and some of the so-called anomalies of sexual behaviour. In socialwork practice, behaviour-shaping techniques can be introduced to clients who are willing to accept a contract to carry out procedures, under the instructions of the worker, aimed at inducing an approved pattern of changed behaviour.

THE HISTORICAL MODEL The historical model allows us to refer to Freudian ideas in relation to stages of development. Briefly, these are: first the narcissistic state, before the infant has acquired an external frame of reference; next come the oral, anal and genital stages, culminating in the Oedipal Situation, which expresses, in dramatic form, the complex personal relationships of child and parents. Following the so-called latency period, puberty heralds the onset of adult sexuality. The value of this model is that one can read backwards from anomalies of emotional life, and trace them to earlier events in specific stages in psychosexual development.

A. , 1955. Theories of Personality 31 instance, close contact with the mother to provide for normal language development? If so, then children who do not get it are not just different: they have suffered a lack of provision, a deficiency. Sociologists have warned us of the dangers of labelling as a deficiency any departure from middle-class norms, but we must also be aware of the equal danger of not noticing actual deficiencies of provision, which could, if suitable help is offered, be remedied.

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