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Robert Downey Jr. Personality Presentation

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Robert Downey Jr. Personality Presentation Robert Downey Jr. was born on April 4, 1965, in Manhattan, New York. His dad was a writer, director and filmographer, and his mom was an actress. He started pursuing acting very early in his life. He acted in his first film at the age of five, called Pound, which was written and directed by his father. Downey’s father was a drug addict, and he exposed his son to it at a very early age. He abused drugs for decades. In 1978 his parents had a divorce and he moved to California with his father. Later in 1982, he dropped out of high school to pursue acting as a full time career. Finally in 2003, he stopped using drugs, and became sober. And began to rebuild his career with roles in the movie Gothika. In 2005, Downey married Susan Downy, and had a son on February, 7, 2012. He evolved in to one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. With an amazing list of credits to his name, he has managed to stay new and fresh even after three decades in the business. In August of 2008, Downey starred with Ben Stiller and Jack Black in the comedy Tropic Thunder, and went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as "Kirk Lazarus". Downy was honored by Time Magazine's "Time 100" in 2008, an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. In December 2009, Downey starred in the action-adventure Sherlock Holmes. In the summer of 2009, Downey achieved critical acclaim and worldwide box office success for his starring role in Iron Man. Biography Syed Shah and Emily Hadley Psychodynamic Perspective Sigmund Freud first introduced the psychodynamic theory
Focus on sexual explanations for abnormal behavior
Freud believed that personality developed in five psychosexual stages.
Oral stage, anal stage, phallic stage, latency, and genital stage. Behavioral & social cognitive perspective Focuses on how learning and the environment affect personality
Behaviorists turn to conditioning to explain actions of humans.
Cognitive theorists emphasize the influence of social and cognitive factors on learning.
Albert Bandura believed that three factors (environment, behavior, and personal factors from earlier experiences) interact to determine behavior that develops personality.
Julian Rotter viewed personality as a set of responses to various situations Focuses on what makes us uniquely human, such as emotions, and freedom to choose our own destiny.Introduced by Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow.
Self actualization tendency is striving to live up to ones potential. Humanistic Perspective Describes personality and attempt to predict future behavior based on that description.
A trait is a consistent way of thinking , feeling and behaving
Raymond Cattell defined two types of traits
1) Surface traits: are personality traits seen by other people
2) Source traits: define the core personality
Personality traits may not always be expressed the same way in all situations Robert was definitely influenced behaviorally by his family at a young age. As a child, he was surrounded by drug abuse, and first used marijuana at the young age of 8. This influence appeared again in his twenties, when he became addicted to drugs and was repeatedly arrested, following his father's path. The same influence could be said for the characters he played in movies.
"Maybe I'd turn up hungover on the set, but no more so than the stuntman. That changed on Less Than Zero. I was playing this junkie-faggot guy and, for me, the role was like the ghost of Christmas future. The character was an exaggeration of myself. Then things changed and, in some ways, I became an exaggeration of the character. That lasted far longer than it needed to last." -RDJ Robert may have has some kind of issue with the phalliac stage, in which the child has to identify with their same-sex parental figure as opposed to their same-sex parent. Identification is a defense mechanism in which a person tries to take on characteristics of someone else to deal with stress, and it seems that Robert has taken on the characteristics of characters in roles he plays, like becoming a druggie after being part of the movie Less than Zero, and taking on characteristics of Tony Stark from Iron Man and the Avengers. Robert Downey jr. may have, in the past, imagined the position he is in now as his ideal self. But for now, his real self and ideal self are very different-- he's known for his talent in acting and his intelligence above his past actions. He is working hard at forgetting the life of drugs he once had and striving to live up to his full potential. Big Five
Openness: Robert would probably score more on the inventive/curious side (high) of openness.
Contentiousness: He would score more in the center of contentiousness because he is laid back, but not so much so that he is careless.
Extroversion: Robert is more of an extrovert because he enjoys the attention he gets as opposed to shying away from it.
Agreeableness: Robert is more friendly than cold, and would score high on this trait.
Neuroticism: Not exactly neurotic, Robert seems to have a decent time dealing with his emotions, and therefore would score low. Works Cited "Big Five Personality Traits." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 12 May 2012. Web. 05 Dec. 2012.
Cook, Ashley. "The Major Theories of Personality:." Prezi.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Dec. 2012.
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"Robert Downey Jr. Biography." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 05 Dec. 2012.
Trait Perspective
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