Chapter 12 First Impression

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For this weeks first Impression post I decided to go with option two. This option had us go through and watch a video on cognitive dissonance. It was very interesting to see the way the subjects in the experiment acted towards the test. The person given twenty dollars to lie about the test told researchers afterward he didn’t like the test himself. But the person that was given only one dollar to lie about the test came back to researchers and said she actually enjoyed the test and would participate in more test. To my knowledge this has never happened to me. No mater what incentive I am given for something later on I won’t lie about my actual thoughts on it. I believe if I was pa]laced in that experiment and was given the one dollar incentive I would still say the test was dull and boring. I think this has the possibility to be a good thing. When people are motivated for less money certain things can coast less. A good example would be that researchers could save money on paying for test subjects if they need to. A downside to this is that people will lie about there actual experience with something. This is extremely important in research. If you test subjects are lying about how they feel about n experiment, you can’t get an accurate end statement.At that point your research will be pointless and will have no meaning. This is a very intreating concept to know of, I still find it hard to believe people will say they enjoy something more for less money.

Johari Window Bonus Prompt

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Last week we were assigned to look at the Johari Window website. Our task was to pick five to six traits we thought described us. After we did that we needed to send the link to our website to at least ten other people. Those ten other people then did the same, they picked out five to six traits they thought describe us. After this process was done everyone got almost all of the traits I selected. The only traits that were not selected by my friends was logical and self-conscious. Everything else I picked for myself at least one other person picked out for me. I think this can defiantly be a good measure of other peoples personality. I find this to be true, since there are some things we don’t know about our selfs that the ones around us do. One thing I can say that maybe faulty in this experiment could be how different people think of us in different ways. Depending on how much you are around with the people you gave the survey to their answers can change. Another thing is some people act differently around others. There is a old Japanese saying that everyone has three different “faces” or personalities around others. One is for the public like co workers or class mates the, second is for close friends and family members. The last is the face of the unknown the one you keep to yourself and no one knows about. In conclusion I learned that a lot of people think a lot of different things about me. I think this since I have twenty plus traits other people picked out for me.

Johari Window Results

Spotlight Post 2 Stress

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For this weeks spotlight post, I decided to do option number two, which was the prompt all about stress. Our task is to find three different websites that address ways in which to deal with stress. The three that we will go over have to be for different audiences such as college kids or older adults. We must go over each of the websites different strategies and judge how effective or successful each of the tips given would be.

The first website gave me tips for dealing with stress in high school. This is very important for young kids to know how to deal with stress. They have plenty of stressors in their high school carrier. Things like exams, quizzes, and social peer pressures. “academic pressure can get the best of you if you don’t learn how to deal with it properly” (Huffpost). The main topic that I gathered from this online site was that high school kids need to be better organized in their work. They need to do things like take more time during exam periods and take assignments one step at a time. Another thing the site suggests is that high school kids take more time for themselves. I believe these are all good tips for high school kids and have a good chance of being very effective. A lot of them deal with not over working and the main purpose of that is the ability to get good sleep. It’s know to be a common problem among those who go to school. they put things of till last minute and stay up all night doing homework, and lack of sleep can do a number on your stress levels. So I think by getting more sleep, it would be very effective for high schoolers and reduce their stress.

The next website that I looked at gave tips for college age students. College and high school kids have very similar stress related problems, which are being over worked and social pressures.  Only this time, the college kids normally have their stress amplified by more work. Just like the high schoolers, college kids need to make sure they don’t over load on their work. The website also lists that they should eat well, get exercise and receive emotional support. I like the ideas of eating well and having emotional support, but the exercise is the one I have a problem with.  We learned in class that doing exercise can help with stress only if the person actually enjoys doing it. This means that running would be ineffective if that person hated exercise. For example if I exercise or go for a run it’s more stressful since I get tired and run out of breath quick. I do like all the other tips it gives, because they are very useful when dealing with stress.

The last website I looked at dealt with stress in the work place. It’s important to stay relaxed at work so as to get your work done, and there is little chance to lash out at work or at home. Some of the main things the website was going over, was knowing your work and keeping it organized. This is a good idea so as to not be overwhelmed with work. There are two things I have a problem with on this website though. One, is it suggest to walk at lunch and two it says to listen to music on your way home. Like the last one, exercise is only good for those who enjoy it. When it comes to listening to music it can be good for reducing stress, but it depends on what it is. If you listen to very load and intense music it can cause a faster heart rate and even make your stress worse. However, if the music is sooth and calming it can help reduce your stress. In general the website  still gives out other good advice when it comes to dealing with stress.





Organization. “5 Ways To Cope With School Stress.” The Huffington Post,, 20 Aug. 2014,








Chapter 13 First Impression

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For this week we were told to take quizzes on our personality. It’s always interesting to see what these quizzes say about someone based on the questions they give. For the first quiz It says I’m more towards extroversion than introversion and i’m more sensing then intuition. It also says I prefer thinking and judging. The quiz then describes that I want to achieve order and continuity which I find very true I like keeping things nice and orderly. I then took the second quiz to see f it would give me different results. At the end of the quiz it gave me the same personality as the first one which is ESTJ. I think its interesting I have the same score from the first two quizzes. The third test I took gave me a similar answer as the other ones did. I was told from the test I Like to be organized in my work and that i’m also extroversion. It is quite impressive three of the quizzes so far explained my personality. The last quiz I took was the color test. I found it odd that someone would base a personality on what colors you happen to choose. The results from this one described myself pretty accurately as well. It told about how I like to be the center of attention which is normally true. In general I enjoyed taking the quizzes to see if they would come back true or not. They all came back true and very close to the same thing each time. So I believe these test are very credible since I got basically the same results each time and they were very true to what I think my personality is.

Chapter 10 First Impression prompt

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For this first impression prompt I decided to choose the second option which talked about the ability to read peoples emotions based on there facial expressions. Before I took the test I believed that I could read facial expressions fairly well. After taking the test I found out that I got a twelve out of twenty. The website that the test was on also let me know that was an average score and that if I wanted to I could improve my facial reading skills. I’m not to sure how credible the sites test was, some of the facial expressions were quite odd and didn’t seem right. I also showed the quiz to some friends and they also found it odd and not quite right. The most easiest emotions to tell apart would be sadness and happiness. Some of the hardest to tell apart would have been surprise and pain. I wasn’t to sure why some of them were to easy or hard but I do believe some of the easier ones were just natural instinct. This information could be used every day to help others find out what could be wrong with there friends or loved ones. I do find it interesting how well certain people can read others emotions and feelings just by looking at their face expressions. It also intrigues me how some people are not good at reading emotions at all to the point to where there almost mute to emotions. I look forward to learning how to read emotions in our later classes.

First Impression post Chapter 11

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For this weeks blog post I decided to chose option one. This prompt talks about how stress is something every american faces, some worse than others. But some of the most people effected by it are college students. It’s very crucial for college kids to have good stress management, this way they don’t get over worked and can stay calm through out there college career. Looking at my own stress management I feel as hough I do a decent job. Out of most people in my family I am always the most relaxed. Even if I have a lot of assignments due in a short amount of time I still stay cool under the pressure. Things I do to stay calm would be to tell myself everything will be ok. Something else I might do would be vent to my friends about somethings going on in my life. By doing this I get my problems off my mind and my friends will even help me to solve my problems. I’ve learned over the years its not good to keep whats stressing you inside. It;s sometimes better to let it out you defiantly feel better after doing so. So more things I could do to relive my stress would be to schedule my day with all my  assignments and activities. By doing this my days would have more organization and I could tell what is going on in my day. I wouldn’t be surprised by any upcoming assignments and it may even help me stay up to date on my assignments.

Chapter 3 First Impression Sleep

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For this weeks first impression post I decide to go with the second prompt about college students sleep habits. It’s well know that college kids have terrible sleep habits, they have bad habits for multiple reasons. Some of the main factors could be late night studying or cramming in work thats due the next day for there classes. Other reasons unrelated to classes could be attempts to socialize or do other personal activities for fun. It can some times be stressful for college kids when there in college so its nice to do somethings that make you happy, but sometimes this comes at the price of lack of sleep.

I believe college students should try and get at least eight hours of sleep. When thinking of my own sleep habits I’d say I don’t have the best or the worst sleep habits. after college I g to my job that last until 9:30 at night so by the time I finally get home its almost ten at night. This leaves me little time for school work but I still get it done regardless. I also find myself staying up to play games and talk to friends to relive the stress of college and work. But doing this cuts into my sleep schedule which can be problematic.

There are different ways which I could improve my sleep schedule. One way is to do better planing of my days, like do class work as soon as possible and not wait last minute for it to pile up. Another big factor that would help would be to lessen my video game use at night. If I can work on these my sleep should improve greatly.

Chapter 3 Drugs Impression

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For the chapter three drug post I decided to look at option two. Which was wether abstinence or harm reduction was a better form to eliminate or reduce drug use. I have some experience with people I have know using drugs so I thought it would be a good idea to cover this subject.

First the topic of abstinence, this method is when you completely stop using said drug. This is defiantly the most common or most know. Like mentioned in our prompt the AA group uses this method a lot for recovering alcoholics.

The next model was the harm reduction which in basic still allows drug users to use drugs just less or safer ways. Some examples given were designated drivers or testing of drugs to make sure they don’t cary any harmful or deadly chemicals. The real purpose is to reduce the issues that come with the drug use or “side affects”.

If I had to chose one of these models for someone close to me or a loved one I would probably go with the abstinence. This way I know they aren’t using the drug at all and it seems less likely of using the drug again. With harm reduction its not really teaching people to live without the drug its just making them a little safer. The person is still using the drug so there still going to b addicted and can still cause harm. So again I would prefer my loved ones to go through abstinence than harm reduction because I would like to see them off the drug and living better and healthier lives.

Spot Light Post 1

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For the first spot light blog post I decided to choose the first option which was on divorce and how it effects children. This topic interest me the most because I wanted to find out if it’s almost always guaranteed to have negative effects on children or little or no effect at all.

“Many divorced spouses are in and out of court all of the time. Family lawyers are fond of saying ‘litigation is recreation for divorced parents.’ There are ugly e-mails, violent phone calls, and frequent trips to family court.” told by Dr. Jann Gumbiner from Phycology Today. This is definitely  never good for the kids. In most situations, children who hear or see violent or inappropriate tendencies from their parents, are then more likely to repeat or imitate the actions of their parents.

“The experience of divorce can also create problems that do not appear until the late teenage years or adulthood.” wrote Hal Arkowitz from Scientific American. This article goes on to talk about the major impact on kids. The most common problem for children in divorce situations is  depression.

Both these articles lay out a clear underline how divorce majorly impacts the kids physiologically. One of the sources was written by a doctor and the other was published on a scientific site. So I believe the article brings up serious matters and are very precedent. This definitely sways me more towards divorce being bad for kids but we will take a look at the other side.

“Children who grew up in high conflict families fared better in their adult relationships if their parents got a divorce.” stated Rachael Rettner of Live Science. I myself have seen this put to practice, when you have parents who constantly fight and argue it greatly i’m pacts the kids. But if the parents split early and fight less the children can develop more properly. With better development comes better adult relationships like stated in the article.

“Staying for the children can seem like ‘the only right thing to do,’ but it is not in all cases.” told by Susan P. Gadoua of Psychology Today. There are too many times when parents believe its the best to stay together for the kids but it only tares the family further and further apart. You can still be a “family” even though your not all together it’s just a different type of family.

These articles manly stress how its actually better to be divorced if you are not in a happy or stable relationship. In the end its the kids who should matter the most not your own personal feelings. Both the articles were written on scientific websites the provide a lot more information about divorce.

To conclude this blog post I will decided on which side I personally think is right. I have gone over these articles and tried to look at both sides to determine the best answer and I have even used my own personal findings in this matter. The side I would go with would be that divorce doesn’t have much effect on the kids. I’m only going with this side by taking in the factor the parents handle it correctly, if this can be achieved children will be less likely to develop physiological problems later in life.




Chapter 8 First Impression

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For this week I decided to to go with the second option of powerful memories. I chose this because I immediately connected with it. It’s very interesting on how we as humans remember specific events in our lives. Like the example in the prompt 9/11 is a very clear and vivid memory for most people old enough to experience it. The big question is why is this though.

My belief in this is because the specific event impacts you greatly in your life. Like I mentioned before everyone old enough to remember 9/11, remembers it well, and I believe this because it was very impactful if you lived in america. I think this can work with any memory as long as it has a impact on your life weather it was good or bad.

A way to study this idea would be to take a group of people who were part of a impactful event and ask them to retell there story. we would then record there story and save it for a while. Then bring the same group back in a year later and have them tell the same story. We would then compare the two stories together and see if there similar or different. If they were close to being the same the event was very impactful if not the same the event didn’t mean much to that person.