Psychology 105g
Foundations of Personality
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Spring, 2002

Doug Davis
Department of Psychology
Haverford College
Sharpless 407
Phone: 896-1236

What we really mean to suggest here is that one's sense of "I," which is the center of our awareness, is first experienced in infancy when the mother is recognized as a recognizable "you": thus, she becomes, as we have said, the primal other in our life. There is a limited series of other "others" throughout life, beginning with the father, who thus can contribute an ideal model for such father figures as charismatic leaders and, of course, God. At any rate, Isak, after having looked for a long time at the pair, tries to shout but "not a sound" comes from his mouth. All this is, incidentally, described in terms of the historical time: his father is dressed like a gentleman fisherman and the mother wears a big hat. At last the father sees him and waves, laughing; and the mother looks up from her book, also laughs—and nods.

It all ends thus: "I dreamed that I stood by the water and shouted toward the bay, but the warm summer breeze carried away my cries and they did not reach their destination. yet I wasn't sorry about that; I felt, on the contrary, rather lighthearted."

One cannot help hoping that Isak's lightheartedness is in the service of the peaceful sleep we think he has deserved after that day. But we also hope that the total experience of Borg is apparent in the choice of his words. He was, after all, a professor, an esteemed teacher. His field was bacteriology, which demands exactness and attention to detail. As an adolescent and very young man, he also found pleasure in the reading of poetry, an enthusiasm he wanted to share with his young cousin Sara.
(Erikson, "Wild Strawberries")

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Course Schedule
Week 1

M January 21 Overview: Meet Dr. Freud (Gay, xiii-xxix)

W January 23 Freudian Slips (Exoriare aliquis ex ossibus nostris) and Screens (Gay,117-126)

F January 25 Irma’s injection (Gay 129-142), the Dream Book

Week 2

M January 28 Seduction and neurotic etiology (Gay, 96-116)

W January 30 "Dora" (10 pp.) (Gay 173-239)

F February 1 Oedipus, Psychosexual development, gender (Gay, 239-293, 628-666, 670-678)

Week 3

M February 4 Civilization and its discontents (Gay, 722-772)

W February 6 In-class Quiz on Freud

F February 8 Freud and Jung: Intro'/Extraversion, Anima/Animus

Week 4

M February 11 After Freud: Ego psychology, neurotic Style (Erikson, Chapters 1-2)

W February 13 Erik-son's Stages, Circles and Arrows (Erikson, Chapter 5)

F February 15 Erikson: Ethnicity: Germans and Americans (Erikson 209-358)

Week 5

M February 18 Identity and Beyond (Erikson 403-424)

W February 20 Epigenesis: "Wild Strawberries": Erikson's tour de force recounting of the film

F February 22 Man's Place, Woman's Voice: Isak's Stages, Justice and Care

Week 6

M February 25 Chodorow, Gilligan (teaching Shakespeare's sister)

W February 27 Kohlberg: Stages and Dilemmas, Kohlberg & Gilligan (1972). The adolescent as a philosopher.

F March 1 Personality and Culture

Week 7

M March 4 Persons in CyberSpace

W March 6 Assessment: “Personality” and “Intelligence”

F March 8 Final in-class Quiz, Final Essays due


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