Psychology Reconnects with Dr. Seuss

November 3, 2017

In recent days the psychology classes have reconnected with a couple Dr. Seuss classics, The Cat in the Hat and The Grinch That Stole Christmas to analyze the personality of characters. In the study of personality and applying Sigmund Freud theories, students examined the characters in The Cat in the Hat to see if their actions were directed more by the Id, Ego, and/or Superego.  Furthermore, they analyzed the Grinch by applying one of four common personality theories to see why his actions took place and what possibly explained his transformation.  For example, students examined to see if any defense mechanisms were in play with the Grinch’s actions.  The reconnection to familiar text and characters allowed the students to apply the acquisition of concepts learned in their psychology lessons and reinforce those concepts.