This essay discusses that both of these theories have received criticisms with the psychoanalysts being criticized for presenting their opinions as those from a case study rather than developing current research in support of their arguments. For this reason, the critics claim that this theory would have been better positioned for historical use rather than for scientific use for lack of current scientific evidence. The basis of this theory of psychopathology further gives the critics the opportunity to face off its arguments on such a basis can be falsified without scientific evidence. Freud used a bunch of women from Vienna that lived in a men-ruled region to develop his ideas. This was only a portion of study sample that cannot be considered useful to produce valid scientific results on personality development.
The humanistic and psychoanalytic theories of personality development differ in a number of ways, especially considering the fact that they were developed by two different theorists. The psychoanalytic theory is based on the idea that humans are born evil and are motivated by their evil desires to achieve their life goals. On the other hand, the humanistic theory is based on the idea that humans are born ‘good’, and they are motivated by the various needs as per the hierarchy of needs outlined by Abraham Maslow. Nevertheless, these two theories have similarities especially based on the fact that both of them have individualistic themes and also face criticisms concerning their scientific validity.