Chapter 13 First Impression

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First, the Humanmetrics Jung Typology Test. I got ESFJ. I agree with these results, I do think I am more extroverted and I use my feelings rather than thinking through things. This test I filled in the questions as my first response to it without overthinking it, and I would say this test is reliable. For the Jungian personality test, I also got ESFJ. The questions were kind of obvious on what kind of personality you were going to get, and for some felt my answer was neither of the options. For the big five test, I got extroversion 92%, emotional stability 19%, agreeableness 91%, conscientiousness 67%, and intellect/imagination 28%. I agreed with these results for the most part, but I wished they had been clearer with the results. It was a little hard for me to understand. Last, the color test. Some of my results I agreed with, but others I did not. The first result they gave was my existing situation. They said I was very social and needed a social environment with people who depend on me, and that I can adapt to any situation. I agree I am social and like having people who depend on me, but I do not think I “need” to be in a highly social environment all the time. I do like being around people most of the time, but sometimes I like being alone. Next, they told me my stress sources. They said I need to meet people who have the same values as me and I need to feel dominate. I completely disagree with this. I can be friends with anyone, I do not care if we do not have the same principals. I also do not need to me superior, I try to bring people who are around me up. It also says I want to stand out of the crowd and earn a higher status, which also does not explain me at all. Next they talk about my restrained characteristics. They say I am unhappy because I cannot succeed in understanding what I desire. It also says I keep my emotions bottled up and take offense to small things. I do not agree with these either, I show my emotions and talk it through and I know what I desire in life. Next they talk about my desired objective. It says I rely on love and friends to bring me happiness and I need constant approval. This I do agree with, I surround myself with people who make me happy and I always ask people around me to validate what I am feeling. Last, they tell me my “actual problem”. It says I feel unimportant in my current situation and I am looking got different conditions to prove my worth. I do not really agree with this. Overall, most of the results did not connect with me, but i honestly was not expecting them to since all I did was pick colors.

Spotlight Blog #2

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I decided to first find stress management tips for college students. I found an article from Purdue University, a guide for stress management for college students. Their first tip is to eat well. They back this up by saying when you eat healthy you help your body avoid stress because you have the right nutritions. The next tip we talked about in class as well, exercise. This is proven to reduce stress, but as we discussed in class it has to be regular. Exercise produces endorphins and improves sleeping patterns. They next discuss having a support system, which we also learned about in class. Social support and self-disclosure can help fight stress and have hope for the future. The article also suggests using positive thinking and meditating. Meditating can help, just as we said in class to picture yourself somewhere else relaxing. Their last tip is journaling, they said it can help you process your problems and it strengthens immune cells. The next article I found was tips for stress management for athletes. Their first tip is to get plenty of rest. This is proven to be true, you body needs rest to be able to handle stress, especially if also playing a sport. They recommend to get 7-9 hours of sleep. Their next tip is to engage in fun activities, to focus on something relaxing and fun to destress. Having an outlet can help against stress. Next, they say to manage your time. They recommend having a planner with everything you need to go to or get done to help manage your time correctly. Next, they say to check your attitude. Positive thinking can help reduce stress, and this is what they recommend. Their last tip is getting support, which we know is a good tip, going back to having a support system. The last article I found was aimed toward teachers and stress management for them. Their first tip is to practice mindfulness. This is a tip that has been in each article and in our lecture. Changing you mindset to thinking positively is proven to help and it is something anyone can do. Their next tip is to share experiences with colleagues. This goes back to having a support system. They say relating to someone in your life who is experiencing the same problems as you can help lessen stress. Their next tip is focus on something you can do something about. They say do not waste time worrying about things out of your control. Within this tip, they also add to write down the things behind your stress and list them into things you can and cannot control. The next tip is setting realistic goals. They talk about how you are only human and cannot do everything, even if you want to. Teachers often feel like they need to do everything and more, without thinking of taking care of themselves. Their last tip is a common one, exercising regularly. We already talked about how this is proven to help and is a good idea for everyone and anyone.

Websites used:

https://www.purdueglobal.edu/news-resources/college-students-guide-to-stress-management-infographic/

https://nova3labs.com/five-stress-management-tips-athletes/

https://truestressmanagement.com/stress-management-for-teachers/

Chapter 8 First Impression

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Legalization of recreational marijuana is a controversial topic, it always has been. There are good and bad things about the legalization for both recreational and medical. Let’s start with medical. Medical marijuana has been proven to help people with lots of conditions that other medicines cannot help. For example, Crohn’s disease, cancer, migraines, high blood sugar, and chronic pain are just a few of the illnesses marijuana can help. Marijuana can reduce pain and help someone build an appetite when they cannot on their own. Studies also show that marijuana cannot increase the risk of lung diseases, unlike tobacco. Yet, there are downsides as well. Using marijuana frequently can affect your short term memory drastically. Marijuana also contains cancer-causing elements and is addictive. For recreational, marijuana can heighten senses and allow users to speak their mind more freely. The dopamine release you get from smoking gives you feel good feelings and can make your life more stress free and energized. Legalization also helps the economy, for every 1 dollar spent for marijuana the economy gets between 2.13 and 2.40 dollars back. Also, police could focus on other crime activities other than marijuana laws. But there are cons as well. Just like the con for medical use, marijuana is addictive. Car accidents and deaths would increase with the legalization. Marijuana harms our bodies, like our brain causing mental health issues. Growing marijuana can also harm the environment through deforestation, habitat destruction, and more. After reviewing the pros and cons for both medical and recreational marijuana, I believe it should be legalized. People are getting it even when it is against the law, so it is not very effective. While it may not be the best thing to do, cigarettes are not either and they are legal. It should be everyone’s own choice to do it not, while knowing both the pros and cons.

Spotlight #1

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These days divorce rates are very high, 40-50% of married couples in the United States get divorced. With so many divorces, you have to look at the consequences and effects on children of these failed marriages. It is a debate that has been going on for years- does divorce effect the children of the marriage?

According to a Psychology Today article, divorce has a negative effect on children, even if they are adults. The author says, in her experience of having divorced parents, there is self blame for the child which causes grades and extracurricular activities in school to drop. She also talks about how her life lost a parent from the divorce, leaving her unsupervised with a single parent who was depressed from the divorce. For adults, she says it affected her relationships because she was scared to trust someone knowing they could leave. She says she also went into her marriage knowing she could divorce, after being exposed to that as a child. She ends the article by saying divorce has lifelong effects, and they are not good.

In another article titled, “The Psychological Effects of Divorce on Children”, they go through how divorce at all different ages effects children. They say young children cannot fully understand it and worry if their parents may stop loving them, just as they did with each other. For grade school age children, they say children blame themselves and think they did something wrong. In teenagers, it is common for them to blame one parent and become angry. The article then goes on to talk about the risk of mental health and behavior problems. Both of these have higher rates for children who have experienced divorce, including, anxiety, psychological, and behavior with peers issues. They say that adults are also effected by having a higher rate of substance use problems and mental health issues. 

On the other side of things, Psychology Today posted another article, titled, “Enhancing Positive Outcomes for Children of Divorce”. In this article, he talks about how divorce makes most children upset at first, yet it does not cause major problems that are lifelong. He also goes through ways to make divorce easier on children, by keeping them out of the issues between parents. He also says to be supportive and spend more time with the children for support. He says if the parents are supportive through the divorce, children can grow up without having problems. 

Another article titled, “Positive Effects of Divorce on Children” argues that divorce may be what is better for the children of the marriage, if the marriage is toxic and creating a harmful environment. She talks about if a marriage is abusive, the best thing for the children is to split up the parents and stop the fighting so children do not have to be around that. If the parents act civil toward each other after the divorce, it teaches children about relationships and how to handle things the right way. 

After these readings, I believe that divorce does have a negative effect on children, but if you handle it the correct way it will not effect them too bad for their lifetime. If the parents through and after the divorce put their children first, it will not be a huge negative effect on the children’s lives.

Sources Cited:

Boyd, Karie. “Positive Effects Of Divorce On Children.” Kids in the House, 8 July 2015, www.kidsinthehouse.com/blogs/karie-boyd/positive-effects-of-divorce-on-children. 

Farber, Neil. “Enhancing Positive Outcomes for Children of Divorce.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 30 Mar. 2018, www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-blame-game/201803/enhancing-positive-outcomes-children-

Gumbiner, Jann. “Divorce Hurts Children, Even Grown Ones.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 31 Oct. 2011, www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-teenage-mind/201110/divorce-hurts-children-even-grown-ones.

Morin, Amy, and Steven Gans. “The Psychological Effects of Divorce on Children.” Verywell Family, Verywellfamily, 24 Aug. 2018, http://www.verywellfamily.com/psychological-effects-of-divorce-on-kids-4140170.

Chapter 7 First Impression

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I believe there is a good and bad side to everything, and violent video games is no exception. So due to this, my perspective on violent video games is mixed. On one hand, they can be very gory and may normalize this kind of violence. Children are very impressionable and too many of these video games may lead to kids being violent because they saw it on their games. It may also cause children to be aggressive later in life. This can also lead to bullying, or much worse-school shootings. Yet we cannot blame violent video games for all of this. I believe it could have positive effects too. It could be a therapeutic outlet for aggression instead of actually acting on it. Video games also help children with concentration and accuracy. I do not think all violent video games should be banned, but I think we should take a look at the worse ones out there. There is a line that could be crossed, then I think banning that game would be a good idea. But I think banning every video game with any kind of violence would not be a good idea. Age restrictions are a good way to avoid too young of children to be playing these games, only older children should be able to play in my opinion. Violent video games have been around for awhile and everyone has their own strong opinion, but the most important thing should be the effect on the children.

First Impression: Chapter 4

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Parenting may be the most important job in the world. Their child’s fate is in their hands, they can either ruin or make his/her’s life great. Some parents are very strict, not letting their child see friends, leave the house, or make any decisions for themselves. I do not think this is the right way to raise a child, once they grow up it is most likely they will start rebelling and lying to their parents since they were not allowed to do anything earlier. Yet, you cannot raise your child too leniently either. When you do not give a child rules and boundaries they will not be prepared for adult life and may not be responsible. I think the best parenting is somewhere in-between these styles of parenting. The biggest thing in a healthy and happy relationship between parents and children is trust. If you both do not trust each other there is no way to have a good relationship. Parents should set boundaries but also understand that kids need to be kids sometimes and make mistakes. It is important that parents are teaching children good values by example, you can tell a child to be a good person over and over again but if you are not following through and being good and kind yourself the child will never learn. Children pick up on every action, if you are not careful you could have your child imitating your bad habits or behaviors. Trying to raise a good person who is helpful, kind, and a good addition to society is hard, but it is the most rewarding thing if you can achieve it.

First Impression- Mythbusters

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For this first impression I chose to critique a Mythbusters video, Cell phone vs Drunk driving. In this video they try to find out which is really more dangerous- talking on the cell phone while drinking or driving under the influence of alcohol. They decided to test this by doing three trials in a car with a driving instructor. They did these trials in a parking lot and not on a road, which was one of the strengths. Doing this made it not dangerous for any other drivers. First they drove through the course without the cellphone or alcohol. I thought this was a strength because they got to get used to the tasks they would be doing without any distractions. Next, they did a trial while on a cellphone call. They had another person on the other side of the phone giving them things to repeat back to them and asking questions. I thought that the way they went about this trial was a weakness. It was not realistic to be doing that on the phone, even though phone calls are distracting while driving. The last trial they did was driving under the influence. They drank then got behind the wheel. The problem with this is everyone reacts to alcohol differently, so you can not make a broad assumption based on three people’s reactions to it. They should of had a bigger test group for all of this so they could of seen all sorts of different people’s reactions before saying one thing is worse than the other. Overall, I think it was creative way to try this and it did show a lot about how people react while driving under the influence and on the phone, but you can not infer that this is the 100% truth based on just this experiment.

Introduction

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I am Jenna Campanelli and I am freshman majoring in Early Education. I chose to take this class because understanding psychology helps so much with teaching. Knowing how the brain works and how things that happen to you at a young age effect the person you become later in life. I took a psychology class senior year in high school and it was by far my favorite class from my 4 years there. It was so interesting and you really got to have a deeper understanding because psychology is all around us. When I hear the word “psychology” I think of the mind, behavior, and our conscious/unconscious thoughts effecting our day to day lives. Looking at the syllabus the 3 most interesting topics to me are conditioning, addiction,  and personality. The least interesting to me are the brain, sleep, and medication. One question about psychology that I would like to be answered by the end of this class is- which is more important, nature or nurture?