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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. The Cinderella Complex says that women are programmed for what?

2. What was the name of the "weird little novel" mentioned by Viorst in Chapter 8?

3. Viorst states, "All of us, to some degree, are _______________."

4. Subliminal messages of "Mommy and I are one," have proven to result in what?

5. Mrs. C slept in the same bed as her mother until she was how old?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Chapter 9, what kind of person lacks guilt?

2. Why does sibling rivalry tend to diminish with age?

3. Why are we afraid of fantasies that portray socially unacceptable behavior?

4. Briefly describe the difference between infantile love, immature love, and mature love.

5. Viorst describes a sort of "opposites attract" type marriage relationship where each party meets a neurotic need of the other party. What did she call this type of arrangement?

6. Why do psychologists think the "Mommy and I Are One" experiments worked?

7. What happens in our thirties, in relation to our parents?

8. What types of unexpected emotions can we feel towards friends? How do they impact our friendships?

9. What are the four stages of human development that many analysts agree upon and how are they similar to each other?

10. Excessive punishment of ourselves rests on the illusion of what?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast normal/healthy mourning with that of chronic mourning, according to the book. How are they similar? What is different about the process of chronic mourning? Can grief be resolved through either process?

Essay Topic 2

It seems as though everyone wants to live on beyond their physical life. Discuss ways in which people can live on after their death. Use support from the book and personal experiences. How would you hope to live on beyond death?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the process of us becoming our own person. How is our identity primarily formed? What pitfalls may we encounter along the way? How do our parents influence the process? Do they hinder or encourage the discovery of our primary self?

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