Necessary Losses Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. According to the book, the conscious daydreams that drift through our minds bring hints to us of what kind of world?

2. "It is __________ to grow up."

3. According to psychoanalyst Erich Fromm, immature love follows what principle?

4. According to Chapter 9, what feeling could be fear of the loss of our own love?

5. What two feelings battle each other at every stage of development?

Short Essay Questions

1. Rather than be trapped in mourning for what we did not get as children, what does the author propose we do?

2. Why do we have fantasies?

3. According to psychoanalyst Margaret Mahler, what is our "psychological birth" ?

4. Why did Art Buchwald, journalist and friend of the author, say that he understands about "scars on the brain"?

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

6. Endocrinologist Estelle Ramey uses what example to support her theory that virtually all differences between male and female are cultural?

7. Describe repetition compulsion and what we may be trying to accomplish through it.

8. According to Freud, what is the age of latency?

9. Why were Hansel and Gretel so close to each other relationally?

10. What happens when we do not behave in accordance with our conscience?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the perception that our image of our mother as an all-loving, all-encompassing being with the reality of what most mother's really must be. Why do we all seem to have such idealistic perceptions of mothers as such selfless, loving beings? Are these perceptions based in some reality or just fantasy? How do these perceptions play out and affect who we become, our expectations for love in other relationships, etc.?

Essay Topic 2

Sigmund Freud first discovered and described the Oedipus complex. Write an essay about the beginning of this complex, why it was named after Oedipus, and how it continues to impact modern psychology. Using support from the book and your own life, discuss why or why not you may agree or disagree with Freud and Viorst's view of this theory.

Essay Topic 3

Using the book as reference, discuss the most important aspects of aging. Based on where you are in life right now, how do you think you will age? What characteristics of yourself will become magnified, and which ones will dissipate?

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