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Symbolic Interactionism

Symbolic Interactionism focuses on how we interpret the world around us, it’s the root of all human engagement with each other. The basic factors of symbolic interactionism are meaning, language, thinking, and the self, which allows each and every individual to communicate with each other. Individuals react to situations according to the meaning that it … Read more

Domestic Violence Among Teenagers

24 teens are domestically or physically abused every minute, on average according to thehotline.org, the national domestic violence hotline. Domestic violence can begin with something as simple as name calling and can consist of many different things. There are warning signs to domestic violence as well as reasons people stay in abusive relationships. Experts say … Read more

Theories of Aging – Gerotranscendence

Theories of Aging Gerotranscendence is a theory that suggests as one ages, they transition from caring about the less important aspects in life, to caring about things that are more significant- for example, having a deeper connection with others (Eliopoulos, 2018). Discovering different qualities within themselves and with those who they value, rather than focusing … Read more

Discomfort

I believe in discomfort. The reason for this strange and yet reasonable belief is because it correlates with the expression “no pain ,no gain”. But almost everyone wants to stay healthy and get in shape, but not everybody wants to experience that type of discomfort that is necessary. For example if you want to be … Read more

How perception has changed over time – Walter Benjamin

“The Work of Art in the age of Technological Reproducibility”, Walter Benjamin can be considered a perfect representation of what the theme of the course relates to-communication technology. In this essay, Walter Benjamin discusses how perception of things have changed over time creating an awakening to the new arrival of film and photography of the … Read more

The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz

The Paradox of Choice, by psychologist Barry Schwartz, is a TED talk in which Schwartz discusses decision making and the freedom of choice. His main purpose is to argue that having too many choices is not as liberating as it seems and can at times be ‘paralyzing’. The TED talk is in the form of … Read more

Scientists disbelief to the view of human nature and decision making

Most people would like to believe that humans are free-spirited and have full control of their conscience and every move. However, scientists have expressed different beliefs when it comes to human nature and decision making. Susan Blackmore supports Richard Dawkin’s idea of humans imitating each other through memes in her passage “Strange Creatures”. Blackmore’s excerpt … Read more

Observation to Experimentation in a Gym

Zavontae Holmes October 11, 2016 Observation to Experimentation PAPER I [Setting] Upstairs in the gym, right below the weight room there is an office. A few feet away from the door to the office is a make-shift bench. Black in color, back-less, and cushioned. This is the seat of the observer. In the area being … Read more

Theories Behind Mental Illness

At only 10 years old, Steve’s big brown eyes seemed to bulge from their sockets and his head and bony hands twitched relentlessly, as if he were in pain. He proceeded to pick up every piece of paper, no matter how filthy, with hands that were red and raw. Steve had spent most of the … Read more

The Life and Struggles of Phyllis Wheatley

The Life and Struggles of Phyllis Wheatley When Phyllis Wheatley was kidnapped and forced to come over to the American colonies to be a slave, her captors were unaware that they had in their possession a woman who would become the first African American poet to be published and just the second woman to do … Read more

Overconfidence

There are three main sources of overconfidence: the confirmation bias, the hindsight bias, and the inside perspective. When people are presented with a question they need to find an answer to, they often seek out evidence that supports their own proposition rather than information that would contradict the proposition. (Textbook pg.124) This tendency is most … Read more

Empathy

Empathy. What is empathy? Scientists say that we are born with the capacity for empathetic behaviour, but what do they mean? What does empathy mean? According to the Oxford Dictionary, empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Empathy is what makes us understand what people are going through, it makes … Read more

Ray Bradbury on the Dichotomy of Humanity

Ray Bradbury on the Dichotomy of Humanity Ray Bradbury’s creative endeavors over the past fifty years have landed him a spot among “Science Fiction’s Greatest Living Writers”; however, Bradbury himself has been hesitant to embrace the title for decades. Indeed, Bradbury’s literary career has not come without a plethora of misunderstandings; although hailed by readers … Read more

Social Anxiety Investigation

Social anxiety is condition that has been described since the days of Hippocrates. Hippocrates described an individual who would avoid social outings due to being timid, bashful, and fear of being misused, disgraced, make a fool of himself, or being sick and believes he is constantly being watched. Will the man who suffers from social … Read more

Relevance of Attachment Theory for Understanding the Self

Attachment Theory (AT) is fundamental in understanding the self. This essay will explore the relevance between the relationship of a multi-faceted AT and the self; discussing how different attachment styles (AS’s) influence different self-views and self-concepts which effect different attachments into adult relationships. Bowlby, (1969) stated individuals inherently form connections to other individuals to survive. … Read more

2005 London bombings

Abstract The 2005 London bombings are one of the most notable disasters of recent times. However, disasters occur all too often in the current world, and therefore it is undeniably interesting to consider how we, as humans, react – likely socially – to having the misfortune of being a victim in such an event. The … Read more

Formal types of personality test

People walk around every day assessing the personalities of other people, deciding whether their personality compatible with others or not. This is relevant in situations such as new relationships, employers screening applicants for grad schemes or open positions and schools trying to find out a child’s optimum way of learning in order to achieve the … Read more

Levels of processing in memory

The model put forward by Craik and Lockhart (1972) which showed the levels of processing in memory focuses on the processes involved in memory. They focused on two types of processing; shallow processing and deep processing. Both argued that memory is a processing continuum. They also proposed that different types of rehearsal lead to different … Read more

Classical conditioning

Classical conditioning can be defined as ‘a form of learning in which one stimulus is paired with another so that the organism learns a relationship between the stimuli’. This form of learning supplies an organism with ideas about the relationships between the variety of events in the world eg how one thing effects another. In … Read more

5 STRATEGIES TO RELIEVE ANXIETY

Anxiety is in most cases related concern. The materializes anxiety in an anticipatory occupation of the mind’s resources on something that will happen or that it is feared that happening in the future. However, the concern can be useful when it leads us to take action and solve a problem. But if you are concerned … Read more

Erikson’s theory of human psychosocial development

In past and modern study of human development, one of the most influential theories has been Erikson’s theory of human psychosocial development. Erikson’s theory has been the foundation for psychosocial research for over fifty years (Dunkel and Harbke, 2016). That being said, it is important to note that Erik Erikson was not always a psychoanalyst; … Read more