Analyzing Princess Diana In Kohlberg's Psychodynamic Perspective

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Psychology, as described, is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Although behavior is something that we can visually determine from an individual, it is extremely difficult to know what mental processes, that is, the internal experiences that cannot be observed, our feelings, thoughts, and memories. Psychology centers around the goal todescribe, explain, predict, and change behavior and mental processes. Simply put, to “get into” someone’s head to determine the cause of their behavior and emotions in order to understand their actions. In this paper, I will attempt to examine and analyze Princess Diana, specifically from a psychodynamic perspective, who I consider to be an amazing example of a person that had all the riches…show more content…
The first preconventional level includes punishment-obedience orientation and instrumental-exchange orientation from birth to adolescence. Moral judgment is self-centered and moral understanding is based on rewards, punishments, and exchanges of favors. In Princess Diana’s case, the fact that her father moved her from school in order to have her forget about becoming a ballerina and hoping her grades would improve demonstrates this first level. The conventional level, from adolescence to young adulthood, includes good-childhood orientation and law-and order orientation, where moral reasoning is based on societal rules and societal laws. Princess Diana broke the societal rule stage by not caring about what a great student she could be but rather by what she felt made her happy, which was her dream of becoming a ballerina. She continued to perform poorly in school throughout her youth and did not finish. In the postconventional level, adulthood, moral judgments are based on personal standards and universal ethical principles. Princess Diana demonstrated this in the most powerful ways by being an exemplary humanitarian person and providing help to people with AIDS, leprosy, the homeless, and even walking on a landmine after calling for an international ban on…show more content…
The first, trust vs. mistrust, from birth to age one, infants learn to trust or mistrust their caregivers and the world based on their needs. The second, autonomy vs. shame and doubt, ages one to three, toddlers start to assert their sense of independence. The third, initiative vs. mistrust, ages three to six, preschoolers learn to develop self-confidence and social responsibility. The fourth stage, industry vs. inferiority, ages six through twelve, children develop a sense of pride and competence. Those who fail to develop these skills feel inadequate and unproductive. Princess Diana demonstrated the latter by her poor grades in school. The fifth stage, identity vs. confusion, ages twelve to twenty; adolescents develop a coherent and stable identity. Failure to resolve this identity crisis may lead to apathy, withdrawal, and/or role confusion. Princess Diana continued to show her caring and giving trait by becoming a kindergarten teacher and working with children for a short while. This is the time that she also married Prince Charles, who she was much in love with, but did not find the same in him. Shortly after her marriage she became bulimic as a way of coping with her stressors. The sixth stage, intimacy vs. isolation, in early adulthood, young adults form lasting, meaningful relationships which help them develop a sense of intimacy; otherwise

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