For this project, I chose the television show House. In this particular episode, Dr. House and his team of doctors face the problem of diagnosing a man who came into the ER at the hospital after fainting. There are no clear symptoms that point to a single medical diagnosis. The second part of this episode deals with House and his best friend Wilson. Wilson is in a relationship with another doctor that House doesn’t particularly like and House is determined to get his fair share of time with his friend, away from his girlfriend.
I have obviously chosen Dr. House has my subject for this paper. House is a very brilliant and gifted doctor. He is also very obnoxious, overbearing, rude, egotistical, sarcastic, arrogant, and cantankerous. House will gather his team to brainstorm about what the symptoms that patient is showing to see if they can come up with a solution and House will override everything they say. He will ask for a vote on the way to proceed and then disregard the vote for whatever he wants.
Looking at Freud, it would appear that House’s id is still very strong and was not tempered very much by the Ego and Superego. House is still very demanding, irrational, illogical and impulsive in the way he lives his life. By studying Freud, it would also seem that in the stage of the Superego that House failed to fully develop the ego ideal and the conscience. The Behaviorist’s view would show that the way House is today is a result of environmental stimulus that was reinforced or strengthened in some way while he was growing up.
It would suggest that his parents might have praised him when he acted out and was disrespectful instead of properly chastising or punishing him. The social cognitive view of personality suggests that House has a high self-efficacy. He is very sure of his talent as a doctor and therefore excels at his job. This view of personality also will show that House is very comfortable in his environment. Because of his comfort level, his behavior of being rude, sarcastic, and so on, will continue because he receives the type of reaction from others that it seems like he expects.
This theory suggests that if the environment changes, his behavior should adapt to the change. In this episode, the only time his behavior changed in any way was when he was out with his friend Wilson. Although he was still sarcastic, overbearing and obnoxious, it was not as bad as when he was in the hospital. House’s real self and his ideal self are pretty well matched when looking at the humanistic perspective. House is very confident and sure of himself in what he is and who he wants to be. According to Rogers, House would be a fully functioning person.
When House was growing up he must have received unconditional positive regard from his parents. The last personality theory that will be touched upon will be the trait theories. The one trait theory will be scrutinized is the Big Five. House is definitely an extrovert. He obviously likes being the center of attention. This was shown by the way he directed the attention to be on himself whenever he gathered his team of doctors together. House would also score very low on the trait of Agreeableness. House was very rude, irritable, and aggressive.
A very high score would be given to House on Openness. House shows that he would have to be very curious and imaginative when looking for the causes for symptoms that patients emit and finding a diagnosis and cure for those symptoms. House was also very nonconforming. House definitely did not conform to the expectations of the way a doctor should conduct himself, whether with other colleagues or with patients themselves. House would also score high on Conscientiousness. He might not be the easiest person to be around, but he is very reliable.
He would also have to be an ambitious person to become the brilliant doctor that he is. Neuroticism is hard to decide. Although House shows that he can be very temperamental, which is a characteristic for the higher score, it did not seem that he exhibited the traits of worrying, insecurity, and anxiousness. On the flip side, the low scoring characteristics for Neuoticism are calm, secure, relaxed and stable. House could probably be described as stable, but the other characteristics don’t really match him either.