The idea of neo-Psychoanalytic theory was the function of the unconscious mind (

The idea of neo-Psychoanalytic theory was the function of the unconscious mind (Cervone & Pervin 2019). This theory was proposed by Sigmund Freud who believed that our unconscious subconscious and conscious mind give way to a certain behavior (Cervone & Pervin 2019). Emotions like fear violence immoral needs selfishness lives in unconscious part of the brain and in certain situations come out as denial dreams speech by mistake and manners (Cervone & Pervin 2019). The idea of Behavioral Theory: Behavioral theory explains that the human behavior is a result of his experiences with the environment he lives in and his reaction to the external stimuli (Cervone & Pervin 2019). Its emphasis is effect of behavior on mind (Cervone & Pervin 2019). According to (Phelps 2015) Behavioral theorists do not infer internal structures to account for behavior but look instead to the past or present environment to explain behavior. Behavior is studied only for what it reveals about non-observable inferred constructs said to be inside the person (Phelps 2015). The presence of any such non-observable structures is only inferred from behavior never observed independent of behavior (Phelps 2015). Difference between both theories The psychoanalytic theory stresses upon significance of conscious unconscious and subconscious mind and how it results in the behavior while behavioral theory states that external stimuli affect the behavior of person which in turn affects human mind. So behaviorists are least interested in studying the mental image of unconscious mind while neo psychoanalysis supports studying human mind. Similarities Between these 2 theories The similarly between the two theories is that both the theories study human behavior as their goal. One studying human thoughts while the other studying external stimuli but the result is the same. i.e. human behavior. I feel behavioral theory is more applicable as per my viewpoint since our actions and responses to the environment only decides our behavior. References Cervone D. & Pervin L. A. (2019). Personality: Theory and research (14th ed.). Wiley. Phelps B. (2015). Behavioral Perspectives on Personality and Self. Psychological Record 65(3) 557“565.

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