Socio-psychological theory -
September 27th, 2010
According to this theory, individual and society are interlinked. This theory disagrees with Freud’s contention.
It is also called as Neo-Freudian theory. Researchers believe that social relationships are fundamental to the formation and development of personality.
Karen Horney was a social theorist. She believed that personality is developed as an individual learns to cope with basic anxieties that stems up from parent – child relationships. She proposed that individuals could be classified into three personality groups:
Complaint – Those individuals who moved toward others. They desire to be loved, wanted and appreciated.
Aggressive – Those individuals who move against others. They desire to excel and win admiration.
Detached – Those individuals who move away from others. They desire independence, self-sufficiency and freedom from obligations.