Essay Blair Hornstein
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An analysis of Blair Hornstein’s personality through the Five Factor Theory and Psychoanalytic Theory.
This paper uses the McCrae and Costa’s Five Factor Theory and Freud’s Psychoanalytical Theory to analyze media personality, Blair Hornstein. Blair Hornstein, a student in New Jersey, is an 18-year-old girl who successfully caught the attention of the media, U.S. courts, and the U.S. president with her legal suit against her school, Moorestown High School, based on the fact that she wants to be the sole valedictorian of her class. It attempts to show that Hornstein is an individual who craves attention because of the lack of a social life at home.
Freud’s Psychoanalytic Theory claims that all humans are born with certain instincts and these are directly related to the biological need of food, shelter and warmth. These instincts are sex and aggression. Everyone according to Freud has a tendency to depend on their sex drive to attract mate and to reproduce to conserve the bloodline. Furthermore, Freud is also of the opinion that people often demonstrate aggressive tendencies to preserve themselves. Aggression therefore is an act of self defense and for the purpose of survival. Hornstein can clearly be understood by this theory. Being a disabled individual she has an even more aggressive sense for survival in an American society and culture where money, career and ambitions are considered to be the essence of social acceptance.