Psychology, according to textbooks, is the scientific study of mental functions and behaviors. This is, to me, as simple as it goes when it comes to defining the term psychology. Although, one can also say, that psychology is an application of what you know and can do in order to get what you want. It's almost, one can say, a manipulation of others and of one's surroundings in order to make one's way into the world. I think that study of psychology is an essential way of getting to know the mechanics of people and the world around you and using that to one's own advantage. Before I even knew broad the term known as Psychology, one could say I had a pretty good idea on how to use it, or at least an aspect on thereof, in order to get what I want. As a child I was quite adept in manipulating every adult I knew, especially my parents, in getting me what I want. Call me spoiled, but I had no knowledge of what exactly I was doing quite yet. I knew that it worked and it was a pretty handy craft; there was no cynicism involved in it whatsoever. Anytime I saw an interesting little toy, a yummy ice cream cone, or the latest video game, I would use every ounce of charm within me that I could unleash in order to possess such trivial things. To puppy eyes or a sparring of wit, I could do it all and be triumphant in the end. And I wouldn't quite call it 'taking advantage' either because I was truly grateful for what I received in such bounty. I always respectfully obeyed my elders and I was, also, very adept in performing my chores as well, so, in my opinion, it was a win-win situation. With age comes maturity and put aside my childish ways when I came of that age. In any
April 16, 2014
PSYC 101 Dr. Harrell
Learned Psychological Practice
All of the concepts discussed in psychology class this semester could be applied in my life some way or another. One concept that stuck out to me this semester was Sleep Disorders, specifically Sleep Apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when an individual has trouble, and actually stops breathing during sleep. This inability to breath during sleep is most commonly preceded by loud snoring. This relates to my life because…
Barbara is a social psychologist who stands out for the study of the positive psychology and the
emotions, concretely she centres on the positive emotions. She has the teacher's work of
psychology at the University of North Carolina, in Chapel Hill. In this essay, I am going to defend
that our well-being and way of thinking are related to the positivity with which we live our lives.
For that, I am going to discuss the roots of this study and we are going to continue with the
different theories including…
You don’t deal with him because you have no knowledge about Psychology. What is psychology? How do people study psychology?” (Allen).
Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behavior. It has major schools of thought which are structuralism, functionalism, psychodynamic, behaviorism, cognitive, and social cultural. In addition, there are primary biological foundations of psychology linked to behavior.
The first school of Psychology is Structuralism. Structuralism was formally set up by Wilhelm…
reacts with other substances, and lastly strong attraction between people. Now to define what Psychology is, which is my major and the field that I want to have a career in. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines Psychology as two different definitions. The first one being the science or study of the mind and behavior and the last one being the way a person or group thinks. According to Science Daily, “Psychology attempts to understand the role human behavior plays in social dynamics while incorporating…
Independent Variable (What is tested)
Dependent Variable (What is measured)
(Ex: violent video games causing aggression: indep variable = games,
dep = violence displayed)
• Random selection (of people for a study) vs.
• Random Assignment (of subjects to
experimental or control groups in a study)
• Experimental Group (group that is tested)…
is what brought my attention to counseling psychology. Psychologist are people who are known for being good listeners and patient. Two of the many qualities I hold, along with being an auditory learner. For this reason, I find overwhelming potential in the psychology department. The psychology field offers beneficial opportunities. Generally psychologist have great jobs in the environment, good pay, and a high education. With this being said, psychology is a perfect choice for one with open ears…
CHAPTER 1 LECTURE GUIDE
All page numbers and figure references are from: Lilienfeld, S. O., Lynn, S. J., Woolf, N. J., Cramer, K. M. & Schmaltz, R. (2013). Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding (2nd Ed). Toronto: Pearson Canada.
* This lecture guide is a textual outline. It is meant to help you with your own note taking. They are not meant as a replacement for course attendance and active participation! The exact order and depth of coverage of the topics outlined in each guide is subject to…
Chapter 14: Social Psychology
In chapter 14, the topic of attitudes and actions was talked about and how attitudes affect actions and how actions affect attitudes, but in my perspective I believe that attitudes affect actions. Meaning that the way you act will affect your actions and how others treat you. When you have a positive attitude then you will be rewarded with positive actions, but with negative attitudes only negative actions will result. For example, in the book there is a picture of…
Psychology is a type of science that studies the mind and behavior. Its goal is to understand humanity by both discovering general principles and exploring specific cases, and its ultimate aim is to benefit society. They are concerned with peoples' emotions, stress and abnormal behavior. Psychology requires good education, strong communication skills, and patience.
Psychologists traditionally treat patients with mental and emotional problems, but they also serve as scientists researching…
Chapter 1 Outline
December 27th, 2015
I. Psychology Is A Way of Thinking
a. As you go farther in to the field of Psychology you can anticipate to learn more about things like cognition, research about the brain, social behavior, child development and clinical disorders.
b. Psychologists are empiricists, meaning one's conclusions are based on systematic observations. They will conduct studies on humans or animals in either a specific environment or in their natural environment.…