Monday, April 28, 2008
Supposedly, we are who we are because of how are parents raised us. Is this true or is it a way to excuse our mistakes? How many people praise the parents of a president or accomplished individual? Conversely, how many parents are blamed when things like Columbine occur? I doubt any parent raises a child to shoot up a school. The point is we all make our own decisions, no one else. However, Freud believes we are born with certain personality traits that determine our decisions. While the traits he describes play an important role, they are not the only, or primary reasons for most actions. The choices we make are determined by the situations we are placed in and our surroundings and future plans. A person who plans to enter politics may hide previous wrong doing, while a person who has no goals may do or say whatever they want. Looking at this, Jung's idea of personality being shaped from our future goals makes sense.