Personality analysis is essential in determining human behavior. Personality affects a person’s perception and view of life, and it alters thinking choices and reaction to different situations. This paper analyzes different situations of an individual to determine the core conflict and themes depicted in different scenarios. The research bases its findings on the Core Conflictual Relationship Theme, which assumes humans display a central relationship theme in most relationships (BMC Psychiatry,2020). CCRT focuses therapy on three aspects, the desire, response from others and the reaction to the responses. The therapy involves time-limited sessions that explore early transactions. The themes in the analysis are illustrated from ten RAP interviews. According to Lecic-Tosevski, Stress is a factor that affects personality. Avoiding stressful situations is what most people result to as a way of dealing with dynamic factors in human life. He argues that avoidance is not the best method of dealing with stressful situations as the situations can not be entirely avoided. He further states that human beings should adopt better methods of dealing with stress as this says a lot about an individual’s personality. Avoidance results in ignoring feelings that need to be felt at the time to ensure an individual is not affected by the occurrence in the future.
This is a methodological study involving an analysis of responses from ten interviews with an individual. The subject is a lady who gives outstanding encounters of the situations in her life. The situations analyzed include her family life, her life as a student in middle school, and college. The illustrations of how she reacts to memorable situations in her life are perfect for conducting a personality analysis using CCRT. The descriptions of how individuals interact with others and scores administered from different categories are well explained and illustrated using charts within the text. Each interview was thoroughly analyzed to obtain the core conflict, and themes learnt during the course. Understanding the experiences is essential to enhancing interpersonal relationships during therapy sessions.
The subject is avoidant and shuns difficult situations. She finds it difficult to make friends and decides to be objective in making friendships. She avoids making friends due to past experiences, where she feels most of the friends she made in high school just pretended to be her friends, and they were not genuine. Avoidance is a significant concept in most situations as she tries to avoid situations that make her uncomfortable. This is unhelpful since, throughout life, one must encounter a problematic situation. Learning to deal with a problematic situation is the best approach, rather than avoiding problems. Learning to deal with difficult situations builds emotional intelligence, necessary for developing human relationships. Avoidance is a personality disorder that affects individuals who are victims of critical situations. It is a defence mechanism aimed at avoiding situations that result in a feeling of inadequacy. The environment of an individual is a major contributor to the disorder. Rejection and self-esteem are the core reason for avoidance. Avoidant individuals are driven by a great fear of rejection which surpasses any trait that they may have. Avoidance may result in individuals missing great opportunities (Perrota,2021).
From the first interview, it is clear that the subject has difficulty recognizing the emotions of others. For this reason, she is avoidant of negative situations. This makes it difficult to relate with other people, as she feels attacked when people express their views. She is also angered easily and cries in difficult situations for instance, she cries when asked, “is it my fault?” She focuses her responses on negative incidences in her encounters. These situations leave her in a dilemma as she has to make uncomfortable decisions to sort out issues. In the interview, she has to borrow money from friends to pay for rent after her friend entered the wrong password. She is also a critic and uses mean words to describe people. In the second interview, she says that male fat people are very distorted. It is clear that she is judgmental and upon her encounter with this man she already had a perception that he is distorted. This perception would definitely affect their relationship, since any negative act will justify her reasoning that fat people are distorted. People’s negativity greatly affects relationships (BMC Psychiatry,2020) The subject gets angered by negative chats such as,” you studied so hard is it useful?” She does not overlook any negative comment and spends a lot of time thinking of negative comments by others. This could greatly affect her mood and outcome when handling tasks.
Throughout the interview, the subject illustrates different factors that she thinks are a source of her being in unpleasant situations. Racism is a major theme, where she thinks that the landlord treated her differently because she was Chinese. While indeed racism may affect relationships, one should keep this in mind and know how to deal with such situations. In this case, race might be the factor that affected agreeableness between the subject and the landlord. However, it is inappropriate to conclude that the landlord proposing communication using we chat was racist. This could be their best form of communication.
Furthermore, classism is prevalent from the interview where the subject identifies a man as one who wears rich clothes. This indicates that her perception is already altered and the relationship between the subject and the man is already affected by the analysis that the man is rich from the way he dresses. She also states that the boys in the school went partying and gambling all the time. They also show a lack of respect as they view themselves as of a higher social class than others. The man refers to girls as gold diggers, which shows that there are many wealthy men in the college and most girls are interested in their money. Relationship is therefore greatly influenced by the wealth and social class of an individual. Most people are inclined towards relating to people of a higher social status and those that are wealthier. Such people will want to be closer to these people and ignore any negative traits that they might have just because they meet the standards that they consider desirable.
Another theme depicted in the interview is the attitude and how it affects relationships. The subject admits that she feels that her parents do not really matter to her and so long us they are okay she is okay. She says since she settles down in China and has a life for herself, she does not care to visit her parents. She says this is a trait she has observed even with her grandparents growing up, where her parents fail to visit their grandparents so long as they are doing okay. She feels that her parents do not care about her feelings and fail to inform her of important issues. They also fail to look out for her. Attitudes greatly affect relationships as it determines how both parties receive and respond to situations. Negative attitudes often result to negative outcomes, whereas a positive attitude results in a positive outcome. Positivity is more appealing and negativity should be avoided.
Treachery is another concept in the interview that affects relationships. Broken trust can alter relationship between two people. In this example the subject gives an encounter of a childhood friend who betrayed their trust. This resulted in loss of contact as the two fell apart after six long years of friendship. The relationship between the two worsened from the time he told the teacher that she had done her homework in the morning. Betrayal results in shock, grief, anger, doubt and a low self-esteem. Betrayal is something unexpected since its perpetrators are the closest people. The negative emotions may cause long term effects in individuals and affect their relations with others. It may also affect and change their view of life, as they may opt to limit interaction in a bid to avoid getting close to people (Amirah,2021). Most cases of betrayal are in friendship relationships, as illustrated in the chart below (venngage,2022).
Another concept in the interview is communication and how it affects relationships. Lack of communication often causes people to stray from each other. This is because distance makes people stay away from one another. Out of sight out of mind, the only way to maintain a distant relationship is through constant communication, especially through using social media platforms. The subject had a friend whom she felt cared for her so much that he cried and told his mother when she was scolded. The kind of care that she felt is still memorable. Since there lacked a medium of communication at the time, she fell apart with her friend whom she liked so much.
The subject is motivated by people who care and listen to her. She builds an attachment with people who are caring and recalls every situation that made her feel cared for. She is more inclined towards avoidance; she shuns difficult situations and unpleasant situations. Although she is quick to judge and fails to consider the feelings of others in situations, she is more attracted to positivity. She believes that he is constantly discriminated due to her race and background. This are factors that could cause discrimination, however thorough research is necessary to conclude that a person is indeed discriminative. A person may have a genuine concern which could be translated to discrimination. In different situations, the subject would still avoid negative situation and be inclined more to positive situations.
Avoidance, racism, classism, communication attitude and treachery are major themes that affect most relationships. The themes apply to both the subject and the perpetrator. Most people avoid unpleasant situations; however, a situation is dependent on the perception of an individual. An unpleasant situation to one person may not be unpleasant to another. Emotional intelligence is a major aspect that guides every relationship. The ability to discern and react to issues is what determines the longevity of a relationship. CCRT is a great method for personality analysis. It has been used over the years to assist patients seeking psychiatric help. The method enables individuals to analyze situations and have the best reaction to situations. Avoidance is a common remedy to unpleasant situations; it is however not the best reaction. Each reaction should be beneficial to both the subject and perpetrator. For the development of healthy relationships, it is necessary to point out mistakes and find a common ground of dealing with issues. This goes a long way in ensuring people do away with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that may result from bad encounters and negatively affect an individual throughout their lives.
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