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August 31st, 2009 by desi

yo… so basically i’m sitting here in the jepson literacy comp thingy i dunno what the official name is. anyways, point of the matter is that i’m almost done with all my work that is due this week! i finished my online bio quiz, and i just have to do the post-lab exercise for thursday. for orgo: i finished one of my quizes, and i only have one more to go before lab tomorrow. which means that i am currently quite close to bashing my head against the books i borrowed from the library because i still haven’t received mine in the mail… sweet. ugh. hopefully they will come later today or tomorrow before lab, ’cause otherwise i think i might be sunk. like these two books are helpful, but they aren’t the ones i need so desperately…

the following song of the day is more likt the song of the week. this song got me through the first week of school, and it looks like it just might be getting me through the second week of school as well!

i don’t really have anything else poignant to say, so i think i’ll leave it at that for now, and maybe i’ll post again later. hopefully i’ll make this more updated at least once a week? who knows. not like anyone reads my ramblings anyways.

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August 9th, 2009 by desi

haven’t posted in a while. anyways, i’m sick today, kind of sucks, but whatever, i’ll get through it. anyways, point of the post today is that i just watched a vid that a kid i know made for his civics class. it’s really sad, but i’ve been there. not on this specific trip that he talks about, but in the same kind in mississippi, so yea. here it is.

and with that. i’m out.

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July 23rd, 2009 by spongeboblover


FORGETING-Whenever i forget something i realize that the only reason that i forget is because i failed to encode ,store or retrieve the information. the first reason that i have a problem with forgetting is because of the three deadly sins. the first sin is absentmindedness. Sometimes i would have the inattention to any details which will usually lead to encoding failure. for example one day i put the remote down somewhere and i was not really paying an y attention  to where i had sat it so i had forgot where it was and i had encodeing failure where it had took a whole week to remember where the remote was.the second sin is transience. this is when storage decay comes into play, like for example i took spanish class when i was in the 9th grade during high school ,that was the only year that i had ever used spanish now when i try to use it i just dont know it because this unused information had faded away. the third and last sin of forgetting is blocking. this is when i try to access information but thr info is inaccessible to my stored information  .for exmaple if i tried to remember something but it was on the tip of my tongue and i was not able to remember it was because i experienced retrieval failure- and i cant get it out.

DiSTORTION-there are 3 sins of distortion-misattribution, suggestibility, and bias. Misattribution is confusing the source of information.for example int he game called telephone someone wold atart off with a short phrase or qquote and theyll whispher it in another persons ear and they’ll whispher in another perosns ear and it will go on like that through 5 or  more people ,the object of the game is for the last person to correctly say what the 1st person had said but most of the time the information is confused because it can only be said once or when someone tells another person info and they relay the info to another they will usually say the opposite of what someone else has already said, which is putting words  in someone elses mouth. the second sin is suggestibility, where you have lingering effects of misinformation.for example if you ask a child if they were touched in their private area it would later become your young child’s false memory.the third and last sin is bias.bias is a belief colored recollection where my current feelings towards one of my friends may color our initial feelings .

INTRUSION-It has one sin called persistance.persistance is unwanted memories such as being haunted by images of a sexual assault.

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Final Thoughts

July 23rd, 2009 by psy4chai


A final collection of some of my footnotes from class:


Groupthink: the fairytale The Emporer’s New Clothes.  Everyone pretending to admire the new clothes because no one wanted to be the first to say that he was simply naked.  If “the others” were willing to say that his new clothes were wonderful, then so were they!  Finally, one young boy stood forward and questioned the status quo–he couldn’t see any clothes–he saw only a foolish, vain, and very naked man before him.

Foot-in-the-door: For a band fund-raiser, the product demonstrator had told us to hand our order sheets to people (the order sheet was pretty much the catalog, too–with pictures and all)…because handing them a pen, or the form was “getting them to do something“, and selling the product was the next step.  He didn’t call it foot-in-the-door, but that’s really what it was.  To this day, when someone knocks on my door and holds out something for me to look at or take–I just leave their hand hanging out there in the wind and ask them politely what they are selling.  I dislike a lot of the door-to-door tactics, “Hi, I am working on my public speaking”, “I’m trying to win a contest where I can go to<insert cool place name here>”, and perhaps most of all–the foot-in-the-door tactic of trying to force me to take something in my hand.  I help them with their public speaking;  I exchange pleasantries with them as they try and find some chink in the armor; but if they hold out the item thinking that I’m going to take it like a manipulated lab rat–yeah, good luck with that one.

The text mentioned an advice columnist advising her letter writers to seek professional counseling or therapy, and then the text went on to comment on this being a sign of endorsement for the positive value of psychological therapies.  I think they rather missed an important point–assuming that the columnist (I think it was Ann Landers) *does* believe in therapy–I would say there is a prevailing reason that she would mention it twice in the same day{ according to the text}.

I would probably agree that she believes in therapy, and I would certainly agree that she is helping people in a way that is pro-social and benevolent (she wouldn’t be writing a column to help people if she didn’t have caring and desire to help), but writing a column is also her job.  She is also protecting herself and the publication that she works for by covering her assets.  If you are not giving someone professional treatment but are giving them advice, someone may sue you for inadequacies they can attribute to you (Hell–they can sue you even if you are a professional–but at least you should have proper coverage for that type of thing).  If she always refers people who are troubled and potentially a danger to themselves or others, she is doing the best thing for them and herself.  In this manner, she can help people and enjoy not only the reward of feeling good about helping, but she can avoid adverse consequences of a lawsuit.  Thus–I giggle that the text takes the slant of calling our her endorsement of psychotherapy, when there is more to her actions than that.  To protect herself and her employers–she would have to say things like that even if she had no belief in it.  I worked for a credit card company where I had customers asking me questions and advice about credit, and I was required to tell every one of them that I was not a “credit counselor” even if I did point out a few things that helped them understand credit a little better.

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ericksons stages

July 23rd, 2009 by spongeboblover

infancy-being that my daughter was one year old ,she was able to develop the sense of trust because her needs were dependently met and she developed  this basic sense of trust, unlike my daughter–one of my friends children,who was eleven mths old at the time was not able to develop the same sense of basic trust as my daughter,therefore she developed the sense of mistrust because her needs were enot dependently met

toddlerhood-now that my daughter is fourteen mths old she has developed the sense of autonomy by learning that she could exercise her will and do most things that a toddler is able to do,unlike my daughter my friends 2yr old son had the developed the issue of shame and doubt, so now he tends to doubt his abilities and solely relie on his mother for every little thing

preschooler-there is a 4yr old boy named mikey and a 5 yr old girl named anna. Mikey developed the sense of intiative. this child learned to initiate tasks and carry out plans . the 5yr old,anna, developed the issue of guilt,where she feels guilty whenever she tries  to put in work in order to become independent

elementary school-there is autumn, a 7 yr old little girl, and there is david, an 11 yr old little boy. autumn has learned the pleasure of applying herself to tasks by having competence.whereas david does not feel competent ,he justfeels inferior

adolescence-being that i am 17 yrs old ,i have worked hard trying to find myself.i worked by refinig a sense of self by testing roles and integrating them to form my own individual identity,whereas most of my friends have developed a sense of role confusion because most of them became confused about who they are or who they want to be

young adulthood-my 21yr old friend has developed the sense of intimacy because she struggled to form close relationships but she was abke to gain the capacity of intimate love, unlike her 39yr old mother she wasnt able to develop any close bonds with anyone so she developed of issue of isolation so now she feels like she is socailly isolated                                       

middle adulthood-my 4o yr old aunt developed the sense of ganerativity,she discovered a sense the she had contributed to the world through family and work, unlike  my other 47 year old woman, who developed the sense of stagnation, so feels like shse lacks a purpose of this earth

late adulthood-my next door neighbor is 89yrs old and eventhough her husband has died within the past year she steill developed the feeling of integrity instead of despair

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July 23rd, 2009 by umwpsych

My parents always talk about how when I was young I was an extremely outgoing and social kid that did not fear anything or anyone, but as I grew up I changed. I personally thought that maybe I am starting to become one of those emotionally depressed kids, but fortunately it was not that. I was just maturing and starting to act like the young lady that my parents wanted me to act like. My mom owns a childcare and that is usually where I spent most of my time after school during high school. The story that I am about to tell you is that of a girl named Briana. Briana, who was seven years old at the time used to come to my mom’s daycare and she was a sweet girl who was just too shy around every body. Even though Briana had spent almost more than a year at my mom’s daycare she was still not able to speak up or interact normally with the other children in the daycare. Even during recess time she would just go and stand in a corner by herself and stare at the ground like there was someone pulling her down to the floor of misery. My mom and the rest of the staff were very concerned for Briana so they contacted her parents and advised them to take her to a mental health professional in order to seek help. Briana felt uncomfortable when a student would approach her and had difficulty responding to a child most of the time. Briana was secluded from her peers to the point where she actually had no friends. When my mom contacted Briana’s parents they said that her discomfort in interacting with others was noticed by her teacher at school too, but she just never advised them to seek a mental health professional. Her mom also mentioned how Briana is actually an outgoing and warm person when she is with her family, but just a total different person at school and daycare. When Briana had gone to the doctor they told Briana’s parents that she had a social phobia disorder and she was going through depression. Social phobia is a type of anxiety problem where extreme feelings of shyness and self-consciousness build into a powerful fear. As a result, people like Briana feel uncomfortable participating in everyday social situations like in the class with her classmates or daycare. Like Briana people with social phobia tend to interact easily with family and a few close friends. But meeting new people, talking in a group, or speaking in public can cause their extreme shyness to kick in. Instead of enjoying classroom activities or daycare activities Briana does not enjoy them but rather dread them. For example, when one of the kids in the daycare held Briana’s hand. She started to shake her hand and cry. People with social phobia interpret things differently and therefore try to avoid the situation like Briana did.

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Why Won’t You Pick Up After Yourself?

July 23rd, 2009 by zmorshed

     Okay, so I am a sibling of four; one older and two younger, way younger.  If there is anyone in the house who cleans the bathrooms, it is either me or Mom. Being the type A daughter, I feel bad and want to help out, especially clean up a mess that is my own (and my three other sisters). Every other day, I see a pile of clothing running over the laundry basket or empty toilet paper rolls stacked up in a pile. With the older sibling, it is rather difficult trying to use reinforcements. But with my two little sisters and their royal mess of little girly toys and nail polish on the bathroom vanity, I am able to use operant conditioning such as reinforcement and punishment techniques. Some days I just take them to the park or bake cookies for them if they do as I ask. Other days, I threaten to have Mom take away their bicycles or favorite art sets for some time. After a while, they get in to the habit of cleaning on their own, thank goodness.

     The same thing happend with my previous roommate and I. Boy, was it difficult keep our floor and vanity clean for a even just a few days consecutively! I quickly discovered that my roommate was no cleaner, especially because she was an athlete, and let’s face it, athletes don’t mind things being dirty. {Am I stereotyping? ;) } That made it worse, I could not handle the smell of dirty socks, stockings, jerseys being thrown around every where. So I attempted enfocing the positive reinforcement techniques first. Didn’t work. Eventually I went from being nice girl to mean girl. But it was out of roommate love (it really was, believe me!) and worked out in the end.

    I guess you can’t change a person’s habits unless they want to themselves, but you can easily get your way out of cleaning all the time by threatening to blackmail them, if all else fails :P


p.s. I love my roommate and my siblings.

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Do You See What I See?

July 23rd, 2009 by zmorshed

    If you notice me in class, I am a student who barely speaks, unless I am in desparate need of an answer to a question that I may soon forget to ask the professor in private. As a fundamental attribution error, people may percieve me as a very quiet individual, but most of the time, I am the exact opposite. I like my solitude, don’t get me wrong. But I have no problem in being the first person to say hello to a new group of people. I am known as the welcoming, outgoing girl described by my friends.

   Sometimes, attitudes can predict our behavior, but they don’t always match up. For instance, if my boss at work is having a ranting session in front of a new patient, the patient might come to a conclusion that his/her doctor is rather noisy and aggressive. This theory proves that men and women are seen in the context we want to see them in. We don’t have enough context about the person or the situation, but we are not hesitant to judge them.

    Ladies, I know you all love to rant about men when they treat you minutely unpleasantly. This is just an overgeneralization and an ultimate attribution error. Just because this guy broke up with you does not mean all men in the world are a bunch of pigs (okay, I am being hopeful.)

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July 23rd, 2009 by umwpsych

I actually don’t remember when I started taking responsibility for everything that went smoothly in my life and started to attribute my failures to situational factors that I thought were beyond my control. For some reason getting through sixth grade was probably of the most difficult times of my life because of Mrs. Demek. Mrs. Demek was my sixth grade teacher who I still blame to this day for ruining sixth grade for me. Like I have mentioned before I have a very strict mother who considers a “C” grade to be equal to a “F” grade. When I got my first “C” on my progress report in sixth grade my mom did not talk to me for a whole week, and that entire week I told my mom about all the horrible things that Mrs. Demek does to all her students. The reason why I would mention my friends in my stories to my mom was because then she would realize that I was not just complaining for myself alone but for an entire class of students. I would tell my mother that Mrs. Demek just doesn’t like me because I am Muslim and she is prejudice, and 9/11 had actually occurred just a week before school anyways so perfect timing. I even told my mom about the time when Mrs. Demek threw a book at Evan Middleton, an African boy because he did not have his book and he asked her for a spare one. When I told my mom about that she decided to have a meeting with her and at that moment I started to regret everything I had said because even though Mrs. Demek was cruel she actually was fair with her grading and I realized that once I received an “O” for outstanding because in elementary school there was no such thing as an “A”. I still can’t forget how much I complained and blamed Mrs. Demek for almost everything that went wrong that year in school whether she was tied to the story or not, I would say, “of course, it is Mrs. Demek’s fault because she is just a hater”. The self-serving bias can be seen in the common human tendency to take credit for success but to deny responsibility for failure, like I did.  Even though after Mrs. Demek I never tried to blame a teacher for my failures again I still always end up blaming something, which always ends up being the assignment. Last year when I would do well on an Anatomy test, which were usually very difficult and nerve-racking then I would be so proud of myself for my hard work, but if I ever did poorly on any of the test it was the test to blame. When someone strategically strives to facilitate external causes for their poor performance so that they could avoid from blaming themselves then they are playing a self-serving bias. Even if deep down you know that no one is responsible for your failures, the self-serving bias procedure tends to occur to people very naturally.

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Seasonal Effective Disorder or Just Adaptation to Nature?

July 23rd, 2009 by zmorshed

   For the longest time, I have wondered why New Englanders have mostly all of the most elite universities as opposed to the southern part of the United States. Is it due to the lack of constant heat or sunlight in a year which leads most children in to forming habits such as reading or writing more? Why is it that northerner have a much accelerated speed of conversation than those from the south do? Does the lack of sunlight really change the way lifestyle is lived? The way minds are formed? The priorities people make with their lives? Due to lack of sunlight, do northerners seem to stay inside more and read or is that more of a genetic attribute?

   Why do people from Georgia or Florida have a glowing sweetness to their tones when speaking? Perhaps I am stereotyping a bit here, or overgeneralizing as well. But the curiosity really has striked me in to finding out whether this may be a seasonal effective disorder or just overall a differnt setting of priorities due to a different setting of environment. People from the south tend to be more outdoorsey and are immediately more attracted to the beach. Whereas people from far up north, tend to lean towards the intellectual side and focus more on elitism. (Again, I may be stereotyping).  What do you think?

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