Gordon Allport Theory

Gordon Allport postulates that human beings are motivated by the tendency to satisfy opportunistic functioning.  According to Kotov et al (2010), Gordon Allport Theory presents seven functions that characterize the development of a human being. Gordon puts emphasis on the personal experience at an early age which forms the basis of behaviors of an individual. The seven functions are the sense of body, self-identity, self-esteem, self-extension, self-image, rational coping and appropriate striving.

Sense of body is a stage experience during the first two years of growth where the child develops the connection with oneself and becomes aware of the surrounding. During this stage, the child develops closeness with the family and siblings in trying to identify with the environment. The self-identity stage is characterized with identification with the past, present, and future happening around the child at the age of two. Gordon noted that the self-esteem stage is marked at the age of two to four years when the people start to understand the concept of value in life. At the age of two to four, the child starts to look for ways to improve their value in their surroundings. In the self-extension stage, people identify with the close subjects such as their parents, clans, gangs, community and nations. The Self-image stage brings in the aspect of comparison with other people or group of people. The rational coping stage is from six to twelve years when people starts to develop various methods and skills to help in………..

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