Psyc 221 Psychology Learning Reflection Journal
Weekly Journals: During each of the assigned weeks, you will write two paragraphs, each 300 words in length (i.e., 600 words total). The first paragraph will describe a topic that you found particularly interesting during that week and what made it interesting, and the second paragraph will describe something that you have observed occurring in the real world that exemplified that topic.
Only one topic may be recorded in the journal for each assigned week and the observed real word occurrence must be clearly related to it
Readings for this week include Chapter 14 and Chapter 15.
Chapter 14: Love and Hate. This innovative chapter is a student favorite, as it moves from serial killers and hate to love and attraction. It also serves to reinforce and elaborate the framework of various perspectives on personality. This chapter makes it clear that there is no simple, single explanation for personalities that love and personalities that hate, but we do know a lot. As with other chapters in this book, this chapter shows the wider importance of studying personality, and gives many applications to daily life.
Chapter 15 asks you – where will we find personality? What kind of world would it be if everyone had their brain chemistries continually adjusted or their behavior conditioned so that no one would yell at you, no one would rush to get ahead of you, no one would cry, and no one would worry whether she had turned the oven off? For every psycho-social problem, a pill or a therapist would be there. Even if such a world does not sound appealing, modern technology is increasingly providing you options that will allow personality to be altered. You must be educated about personality so that we know how to respond to these new options in a manner that is ethically appropriate. Each perspective teaches you something valuable, and together they provide a comprehensive understanding of what it means to be a person.
Friedman, H. S., & Schustack, M. W. (2012). Personality: Classic Theories and Modern Research, 5th
ed. Boston, MA: Pearson: Allyn & Bacon.
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