Sullivan: Interpersonal Theory
B Overview of Interpersonal Theory B Biography of Harry Stack Sullivan B Tensions
B Dynamisms Malevolence
B Personifications Bad-Mother, Good-Mother
B Levels of Cognition Prototaxic Level
B Stages of Development Infancy
B Psychological Disorders B Psychotherapy B Related Research
The Pros and Cons of “Chums” for Girls and Boys
B Critique of Sullivan B Concept of Humanity B Key Terms and Concepts
C H A P T E R 8
The young boy had no friends his age but did have several imaginary playmates.At school, his Irish brogue and quick mind made him unpopular among school- mates. Then, at age 81/2, the boy experienced an intimate relationship with a 13-year-old boy that transformed his life. The two boys remained unpopular with other children, but they developed close bonds with each other. Most scholars (Alexander, 1990, 1995; Chapman, 1976; Havens, 1987) believe that the relationship between these boys—Harry Stack Sullivan and Clarence Bellinger—was at least in some ways homosexual, but others (Perry, 1982) believed that the two boys were never sexually intimate.The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.
Why is it important to know about Sullivan’s sexual orientation? This knowl- edge is important for at least two reasons. First, a personality theorist’s early life his- tory, including gender, birth order, religious beliefs, ethnic background, schooling, as well as sexual orientation, all relate to that person’s adult beliefs, conception of humanity, and the type of personality theory that that person will develop.