Haverford Psychology 109h
Doug Davis
The Essay Final

Prepare a 700 word maximum essay on one of the following topics, and submit each to me either as a printed page delivered to my office (310 Sharpless) in an envelope addressed "<yourname>, Psychology 109h, Final Essay <topicnumber>" or as an email message (attached Microsoft Word format or plain ASCII text only, please) with the email subject "<yourname>, Psychology 109h, Final Essay <topicnumber>." Whichever form you use, be sure the text of each essay is headed by your name, and that you end with the statement, "I have completed this exam in full compliance with the Haverford College Honor Code." This essay is due at the end of the Haverford examination period, viz., 12:00 noon, Friday, May 12, 2000.

  1. Select an aspect of personality development discussed by more than one of the theorists (Freud, Jung, Erikson, Kohlberg, Gilligan) we have considered this quarter and apply it to some especially compelling point in Isak Borg's (dream, real?) reverse epigenetic journey in the film "Wild Strawberries." Your discussion should show how the perspectives of the different thinkers complement or contradict each other as applied to this situation. Use page references or URLs for assigned readings to which you refer.
  2. Discuss Dora's second dream and the outcome of her therapy with Freud from the point of view of one or more of the post-Freudian theorists we’ve read, e.g., Erikson, Kohlberg, Gilligan. Be sure to note the Web resources you use.

I think it would be quite appropriate to share ideas about this exam on the newsgroup, as long as everyone's final work is their own. Contact me if you have questions, concerns, or suggestions about this exam.

Are there other on-line resources that would help you prepare this essay? Let me know.

A thought: What would it be like to complete such an assignment as a set of Web pages?