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Refer to pp. 7–16 in Ch. 1 of Theories of Personality and the “Limits of Scientific Psychology” video below as you complete this discussion.
Ch. 1 of your textbook, Theories of Personality, explains how you can tell whether a scientific theory is useful, and the video of Nick Brown provides several reasons to support his claim that there are limits to the scientific study of psychology. Despite these known limits, studying theories can be useful in other ways, such as leading to further research that can give us insight into our personalities and behaviors.
Respond to the following in a minimum of 175 words: What could researchers do differently to make sure that psychological studies better represent you and the entire population? What do you consider to be the key traits and characteristics of your personality? Would Jung describe your attitude as more introverted or extraverted? What combinations of behavior patterns are unique to you?
Freud’s Theory Matrix
The main function of a scientific theory is to help us to describe and explain how the world works. To form a scientific theory, scientists start with a set of assumptions, then use logic and deductive reasoning to come up with hypotheses that they can test. Psychologists use scientific theories to attempt to explain human thought, emotion, and behavior. According to your textbook, Theories of Personality, there are six criteria of a useful scientific theory. A useful theory: generates research, is falsifiable, organizes data, guides action, is internally consistent, and is parsimonious (simple).
Complete the matrix below with the following information: Define each of the six criteria of a useful scientific theory. Evaluate how well each criterion applies to Freud’s psychoanalytic theory in approximately 90 words per criterion. Explain your answers. You may use bullet points, but do not use one-word responses. Provide the page number from the textbook where you found the information for each response.