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Mark Zuckerberg

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Elizabeth Arone

on 31 March 2014

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Mark Zuckerberg
Who Is Mark Zuckerberg?
Trait Perspective
Humanistic and Existential
Person <---> Situation
Interactionist Aspect of Personality
The End
Elizabeth Arone
Sharon Chang
Melody Feng
Cassidy Gallegos
Haley Kaloostian
Kara Magley

Sullivan's Interpersonal Theory of Psychiatry
Personality is a pattern of
recurrent interpersonal interactions

Henry Murray’ s Theory of Personality
Personological System:
the dynamic nature of the individual responding to a specific environment
Environmental Press:
the push of situation; a directional force on a person that arises from others and events in the environment
emphasize the Combination of Internal Motivations and External Demands
Mark Zuckerberg
Interaction with
Family: fostered education <<-->> Mark Zuckerberg: got into Harvard

Interaction with

Bill Gates: Harvard drop out, very successful, stressed social networking and technology
<<-->> Mark Zuckerberg: affected his decision to take time off for his project

Interaction with

His friends: have artistic abilities <<-->> Mark Zuckerberg: Built board games out of it

Interaction between
Internal Motivation
External Demand

- Internal motivations: MZ' s interest in the intersection between human minds and computer science
- External demand: A social trend that media is needed to share people's opinions and information about themselves or what is going on around them
<<-- >> Mark Zuckerberg: The creation of Facebook

Big Five Theory:

: High
Creative, original, innovative
: High
Organized-needs all work to be done in a timely manner
Dependable/responsible-always takes responsibility for mistakes
: Personal life
Friends describe him as friendly, caring and understanding
: In Office
Shows little empathy towards others emotions
Just wants the work to get done
: Low
Tendency to shy away from social situations
Dislikes public speaking because he feels he is awkward and doesn't like to be put on the spot
: High
Nervous/anxious when public speaking
Sweats profusely and stutters words
Effect of Asperger's Syndrome:
Born 1984, grew up in Dobbs Ferry, NY
Writing computer programs and games by age 12
Phillips Exeter Academy
Developed a music-recommending program "Synapse"
Attended Harvard 2002-2004
CourseMatch, Facemash, and TheFacebook
Form of Autism that involves delays in development of basic skill such as socialization and communication
No real evidence that he has Asperger's but coworkers believe he does
Causes Introversion
Often referred to as computers
Only comfortable when speaking about inventions
Monotone voice, speaks fast and scientifically
Rogers and Potential for Growth
Writing programs since youth
Declined million dollar deal
Dropped out of Harvard
Maslow’s Self Actualization
Not motivated by money but by his own passion for connecting the world
Studied psychology and computer science
Found his place in the world by dropping out
Peak experiences and flow
Perceived betrayal of friends
Rollo May: feelings of alienation and powerlessness resulted in Zuckerberg being over protective
Why We Chose Mark Zuckerberg
Prevalence of Facebook in our daily life
An invention of our generation
Preconceptions from The Social Network versus reality
Alfred Adler
Superiority Complex
Lack of social skills at an early age
Freud's structures of the mind
id = Zuckerberg's desire for praise and acknowledgment
all behavior motivated by drives and instincts
ability to successfully start and run a company = fulfillment of his natural need for praise and success.
defense mechanisms
rationalization = program with the Winklevosses and Narendra
psychosexual development
anal stage = frugal with spending, protective over company
latency stage = spent working on programs

Modern Approaches to Identity
Personal Projects
Personal goals as motivation for completion
Set goals at an early age and developed in college
Bandura's Observational Learning Theory:
Father's interest in high tech gadgets and products
Kurt Lewin's Field Theory
Life Space: Artistic friends, supportive family, good school environment
Cognitive Style Variable: Field Independent
Julian Rotter's Theory
Internal Locus of Control
High achiever, internal strength, controlling
Discussion Questions
Many people believe that Mark Zuckerberg may suffer from Asperger's syndrome. If Zuckerberg were less socially awkward and more extroverted, do you think that he would be more or less successful?
Discussion Questions
Discussion Questions
Zuckerberg was inspired by a lecture given by the founder of Microsoft and Harvard drop out, Bill Gates. Gates stressed social networking as a key to changing the world for the better. Zuckerberg related himself to Gates and made a decision to take time off from school to work on his project. If he hadn't heard Bill Gates, and if he had stayed in school, would he still have been successful?
Social identities shape goals
What do you think motivates Mark Zuckerberg?
"Doer", highly motivated, perfectionist, diligent worker, satisfaction through completion
Natural Selection
Intelligent gene passed on from parents
predisposition to this gene meant school was very important (studious, persistent, inquisitive)
going father in school (i.e. college) and greater financial success in the future
Financial success = necessary for survival
providing adequate shelter, greater health benefits
Important to note: biology + environment = better outcome
Model of Nervous System Temperament
Brain arousal in introverts
Look for less outside stimulation
accounting for his deep focus in areas such as academics and computer programming
Evidence that introverts and extroverts differ in genetic make up
Academic intelligence + introversion = Mark's success

Success was not just by chance
Predisposition to introversion and high intellect
Genes influenced Mark to find himself in certain environments
Environments enriched creativity, discovery, presented Mark with an opportunity
Led to the creation of Facebook and his multibillion dollar company
B.F. Skinner
operant conditioning
reinforcements and punishments
tutor's praise
father's use of "Zucknet"
constant growth of facebook users
threat of employee revolt
complaints about privacy intrusions
Alfred bandura
learning through modeling
imitation of techniques by advisory board
Overcompensating for the lack of attention from social environments
automatic attention and recognition for his skills that he knew he would get
Confident and arrogant, but felt the need to be noticed and praised for his abilities
did not fit in
Not apparent until college -- partying, "hook up" culture
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