Chapter 12 Impression Post

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For this weeks impression post, we had to the Implicit Association Test and interpret itself and our results. The Implicit Association test is a test that can be taken to assess certain biases that might be outside our conscious awareness. Before taking this test, I had never heard of this type of exam that will provide results for biases in our unconscious awareness. For the first test, I chose to take the Alcohol Brief Implicit Test. Throughout this test, we had to answer personal questions regarding our past medical issues, if we were liberal or conservative, and had to even press the letter E or I regarding certain terms like drinking or abstinent or vice versa. As a result of this test, I was told that I moderately identify more with abstaining than drinking. I feel that these results accurately depict myself as a individual and follows what I am. I believe the way the information to conclude on this thesis were a bit strange as questions about being liberal or conservative do not play much of a role into your ideas on drinking alcohol or not. Nextly, the second test I chose to take was the Depression Implicit Association Test. In this test we were asked many of the same basic questions including if we were liberal or conservative, medical questions, etc. It also included a section where you would have to click E or I for a certain word that popped up which related to a category like happy/sad. My results to this eating test stated that I strongly identify more with happy than sad. Overall, I feel that this data is accurate as I personally feel that Im a very happy person and do not experience much sadness at all. I feel that the methods of generating results for people with the E or I letter activity and certain medical questions, etc, was a weird but effective way of generating accurate results and both were for me. In conclusion, both of the implicit tests I chose to take provided accurate descriptions for me personally and both were short tests that required limited effort.

Spotlight Post #2

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For the spotlight post this week, we had to choose three different websites addressed towards different audiences that explained different effective ways on dealing and coping with stress. For this post, I chose to examine different ways of coping with stress in high school students, college students, and people dealing with the stresses of work. We had to critique the three different websites and present our opinions on the affect each of these tips would be on a person and how potentially successful each of them could be.

The first website I examined provided tips for reducing stress for high school students. High school is a time where school becomes more intense and important, and many people are experiencing changes both mentally and physically. Stress is deemed evident in the high school years of many students who are experiencing both of these changes. The first tip stated by the website was to take breaks with your time. Taking breaks has actually been proven to be important for people to do so we can refuel and rest both mentally and physically. This tip can be a very important method of reducing stress and something people should be emphasis on as in balancing both work and a social life. Another important tip stated is to better or maintain a healthy sleep schedule because as a teenager it is important obtain a certain amount of sleep. Sleep is also proven to provide your body with a solid foundation at which you can successfully take on the next days tasks. Lastly, another helpful tip given for people to use is exercising or getting out and get moving. Exercise has been proven by research to be very beneficial for distracting people from their daily stresses. For example going to lift, for a run, or even a quick walk will take your mind off of many of the daily stresses high school students deal with. I personally believe this article provided three strong easily attainable tips to help alleviate stress. Researchers know that being a high school student can be a stressful time due to having a very restricted schedule with having to wake up at a certain time, school ends at the same time, athletic and club practices/meetings, etc. This is why these tips provide can be very helpful and do not require much effort or time to do something that will simply make their stresses and day get much better.

The next website I took a look at was tips for dealing with stress directed towards college students. College has proven to be an even more stressful time than high school as many factors in your life change very quickly. For example, having to adjust to living on your own away from your family and friends you grew up with, a much more intensive work load and having to find a resourceful way to balance your amount of free time and school work. Also stated in the previous article, it provided very similar tips for college and high school students including exercise, setting a well followed sleep schedule, and taking breaks from academic work/studies as I already described can be very beneficial for reducing stress in both college and high school students. This article also provided more successful tips for stress by stating to eat healthy. Establishing a healthy diet and eating well on a daily basis can help provide a huge increase in a individual’s energy levels as its been shown that junk foods decreases energy levels dramatically. Another important tip stated is for college students to make sure they have a strong emotional support system around them. Whether this includes a friend or group of friends or even a professor or athletic coach to let out your emotional feelings and thoughts. This has been proven to be a good way to reduce stress levels and physically letting your feelings out can be a fantastic stress reliever. As school work and studying seems to keep piling up, it could be very beneficial to physically write out a schedule with your work for your week creating a checklist that you use for making sure you get your work done by a certain deadline. It is a bad idea to procrastinate and allow your work load to keep stacking stacking each day. Make sure to work ahead and be a productive student each day.  Overall, I believe this website deemed to provide many tips that are beneficial and could easily be successful for reducing stress levels. College can be described as the best time of your entire life, but also the most stressful. College students deal with a great deal of very life changing experiences that they need to adjust to as well as dealing with a complete new social scene and tons of college work.

The Last website I examined provided multiple tips on how to deal with and reduce the amount of stress someone may experience while working. Obtaining and maintaining a job can be very stressful as multiple factors may play a role in the source of stress. For example, people rely on a job to make money to sustain a healthy and happy life for both themselves and their loved ones. Also, one may experience large amounts of stress due to  unhappiness at their work or with their co-workers. As stated in the past two articles related to reducing stress in high school and college students, researchers suggest exercising, eating healthy, and getting enough sleep to also be beneficial ways to reducing stress in the workplace. As we can tell, these three points seem to be very relevant as they are simple, and common ways to reducing stress for example in all three of the situations dealing with high school and college students and also people in the workplace. One successful tip provided by this website is to form positive relationships with your peers. Developing friendships with your coworkers and people you surround yourself with on a daily basis can be a great resource for discussing certain ideas and concerns you are currently going through or experiencing at your job. Also, it can also provide you with a reliable support system for you to lean on when it is needed. Anther great tip prescribed is to prioritize and organize. For example, plan our regular breaks throughout the day to take you away from work and stress for a short amount of time. This also means to prioritize your most important tasks that need to be completed for earlier in the day rather than later. Make sure to keep an organized and neat schedule that lists all of your work related issues for the week. People who have a consistent job and income source have many stresses that come along with working and provide for yourself and a family. I feel that these types listed can provide someone with quick and easy tasks to complete that could make someone’s stress levels plummet or ease greatly.

 

 

Citations:

Schuschu, Monikah. “6 Techniques for Dealing with Stress in High School.” CollegeVine, 13 June 2017, blog.collegevine.com/6-techniques-for-dealing-with-stress-in-high-school/.
Scott, J. (2010). College Life: 10 Ways to Reduce Stress. [online] EverydayHealth.com. Available at: https://www.everydayhealth.com/college-health/college-life-10-ways-to-reduce-stress.aspx [Accessed 5 Nov. 2018].
Murphy, Jeff. “How to Reduce Stress at Work: 6 Simple Strategies Anyone Can Follow [Infographic].” SnackNation, 24 Oct. 2016, http://www.snacknation.com/blog/how-to-reduce-stress-at-work/.

Chapter 13 First Impression Post

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After taking the Jung Typology Test, I scored ESFJ which means 31% extravert over introversion, 9% sensing over intuition, 31% feeling over thinking and 3% judging over perceiving. I think this accurately describes my personality with the percentages i was given after answering the set of questions. Overall I believe the test was somewhat credible as it asked a few questions that did not apply to me personally or were too hard to understand. The test was created based off of Carl Jung and Isabel Briggs Myers personality type theory so it must be based off a credible source. The next test or the type theory test was a questionnaire that asked 68 questions based on many different emotional and personality related questions. After taking the test, my Jungian Personality type was ENFJ which can be described as a great leader that strives to see other people succeed. This personality type matches with about 5% of the totally population. I feel like this test also gave an accurate description of my personality type. This test seems to be as credible as the last one as one negative point on this test is that a few words in the questions were misspelled. Although, this test provided people with a paragraph describing the personality type which you were given unlike the first test we took which only gave a few words. The third test was the IPIP Big-Five Factor Marker which measured the. 5 personality traits. The five personality categories described in this test are extroversion, emotional stability, agreeableness, conscientiousness, imagination. my results for the five categories were 70% for extroversion or being outgoing/social, 52% emotional stability or negative emotionality, 67% agreeableness or someone who is friendly and optimistic, 62% conscientiousness or someone who is careful, and lastly 28% intellect/imagination. This test seems to be not as reliable as the past 2 tests as this test does not give a great description of what the 5 personality traits were. Also, my results were not as accurate as the past 2 tests. The last test I took is the color test which asked you to rank how each color made you feel. My results of the test were based off of 6 main topics which includes my existing situation, stress sources, restrained characteristics, desired objective, actual problem 1 & 2. This source seems to be very credible as it stated in the introduction that this test is used worldwide and that it has been given to thousands of people around the world.

Chapter 9 Impression Post Option #2

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In  1998, The Governor of Georgia, Zell Miller proposed spending $105,000 of the states budget to distribute a CD of classical music to new born babies. Every time a baby leaves the hospital, they are always given a goodie bag that includes many baby supplies. Governor Miller wanted to add in another surprise to the gift bag that included classical music cause herself a huge of fan of country and bluegrass music believes that Mozart and Bach can stimulate brain development at early ages. Miller stated “No one questions that listening to music at a very early age affects the spatial, temporal reasoning that underlies math and engineering and even chess”. Although, many scientist’s do question this and argue that it is not scientifically established yet. Miller stated that he began becoming very interested in the connections between music and child development after attending multiple seminars hosted by the Education Commission of the States. To sell his idea to the law makers at his state budget meeting he decided to play Beethoven and asked them after if they felt smarter. If the General Assembly decides to follow through with Miller’s plan, he asked Yoel Levi, the music director at Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, to put together a potential track list to propose. With their not being much research on this proposition benefiting early aged development in newborn babies, it might result in people taking Millers word on his findings. In conclusion, I feel that back then there was not enough information, studies, and research to support Miller’s idea but in today’s day and age with advanced technologies and mechanisms to perform certain studies, researchers would be able to further Miller’s research on whether or not classical music benefits brain development in early age children.

Citation:

Sack, K. (1998, January 15). Georgia’s Governor Seeks Musical Start For Babies. Retrieved   October 29, 2018, from https://www.nytimes.com/1998/01/15/us/georgia-s-governor-seeks-musical-start-for-babies.html

Chapter 10 Impression Post Option 2

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Often times people communicate their emotions through facial expressions and actions without actually physically speaking. Effective communication is being capable of reading people’s emotions and being able to take them into consideration before interacting. Before taking the emotional intelligence test, I believed that I would’ve done much better than I did. I personally believed that I was pretty skilled at telling a persons certain emotions during certain situations. I scored a 10/20 on the test and skilled much worse than I thought I would. I fill that this test is somewhat credible as some of the faces being made were easy to tell apart but some of them I personally thought could fall under multiple categories of emotions. Most of questions asked on the faces provided answers that I felt could all go with the face being made. The hardest faces to tell apart were embarrassment, love, and disgust while the easiest faces to decipher between were happiness, anger, and pain. I believe this test could be very beneficial to put towards your everyday life as you could learn more faces that compliment certain feelings and emotions. Emotional intelligence can be defined as the ability to be aware of someone else’s emotions and to be able to handle conversation and relationships with compassion regarding someones emotions. It is also very important with helping start and maintain personal and professional relationships throughout your life. Overall, I feel that the test helped me gain more knowledge on facial expressions and showed me that I do not know as much as I thought.

Chapter 3 Impression Post Option 2

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Many college students have the battle or struggle of getting a good nights sleep every night due to having immense amounts of work, endless hours of studying for exams, and trying to fit in hanging with friends, etc on a daily basis. My sleep habits are changing each and every day. One night, I will go to sleep at a reasonable time getting 7-8 hours of sleep. Other nights I struggle to go to sleep and will only get about 5-6 hours of sleep which is not good. This all depends on my schedule for the day, depending on if I have lacrosse practice/lifting, large amounts of work etc. Many factors play into the deciding factor on how late or early I will be going to sleep. I believe that my sleep schedule is not as healthy as it possibly could be, and the way to change that is by getting my work done earlier in the day and working ahead so I don’t have to worry about doing work during the late night. Also, it is said to be healthy to get 8 hours of sleep per night, I need to adjust my schedule to make sure I get 8 hours or more of sleep per night. The average college student should be achieving 8 hours of sleep per night, as this has been scientifically proven to be the required amount of sleep considered “healthy”. Some ways I am going to improve my sleep habits is by limiting the amount of naps I take, and being careful of when I take them because that is most likely what is keeping me up so late as well. Also, I will try to start getting into a certain rhythm with my sleep meaning that I will try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day so my body adjusts to it. Overall, I think it will be fairly easy to improve my sleep schedule and change my bad habits into good ones.

Spotlight #1 Option 1

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Over the past few decades, divorce rates have dramatically increased to in-between 40% and 50%. Divorce has shown that the children of their families are usually impacted the hardest. Although parents splitting up might be the best for the family, a debatable argument presents on the effects it has on children as a whole. Before a divorce, many parents contemplate the results it could possibly have on their family and most important children. In this debate, it will help you grasp an understanding on how harmful divorce can be on children and how some divorces will have no consequences on children.

As divorces rates have dramatically increased in the past decades, it has gradually became more and more of a normal thing. Divorce happens very frequently as the divorce rates are nearing a whopping 50% or half of marriages end up in splitting. The biggest result of divorce on children is change. “Research has found that kids struggle the most during the first year or two after the divorce.” It has been proven that kids will experience stress, anxiety, and anger following the divorce. It will take time for these changes In their kids to slowly diminish. Many children fear the fact of losing contact with one of their parents or even their relationship as a whole. Amy Morin states that “Decreased contact affects the parent-child bond and researchers have found many children feel less close to their fathers after divorce.” Even the relationship with the mother, usually the primary care giver after divorce is affected as the mother often shows less support and affection to their children after such a traumatizing event. Kids also gain stress with having to move schools, move houses, live in an empty house with a single parent and financial hardships will all contribute to the negativity the child will experience. Morin also states “In the United States, most adults remarry within four to five years after a divorce”. This provides many kids with ongoing changes to their family orientation. Introducing a step-parent and kids can be a big modification for the kid and can show negative effects on the child’s behaviors and attitudes. The failure rates of a second marriage are even higher than the rates for first time marriages so these children will have a larger chance of having to go through multiple separations. “studies have also found depression and anxiety rates are higher in children from divorced parents”. It has  been shown that children have an increased risk for mental health issues regardless of what age the child may be. Other issues may include behavioral issues and decreases in academic performance.

According to Jane Anderson, “Each child and each family are obviously unique, with different strengths and weaknesses, different personalities and temperaments, and varying degrees of social, emotional, and economic resources, as well as differing family situations prior to divorce.” Divorce has shown to lower a Childs future success in education, emotions, behaviors, and most importantly family relationships. The child may lose economic support as now only one parent is bringing in income for the whole family. In most cases, kids will live with their mothers, and see their fathers on the weekends or whatever the parents agreement states. Loss of income will increase work time, which means children will be away from their parents more often which will diminish the parent-child relationship and leave the child with very little support. Anderson states that “Children living with single mothers are much more likely to live in poverty than children living with both married parents.” stated by Anderson. Children also witness a loss of emotional security involving both of their parents. Children state that they feel a weakened relationship with their mothers and they lack emotional support. As for the relationship with the father, it usually diminishes as well. With most kids living with their mothers, children will receive less time with their fathers. Divorced children believe their fathers are less caring and trustworthy after a divorce. Anderson provides a strong argument for each different effect a divorce has on children with supported research from other articles and studies provided.

Although divorce usually has a negative effect on the kid, sometimes in certain situations the results aren’t as harmful. Three common themes preside on explaining why divorce is easier for some kids than others. The first theme is that some kids simply are more sturdy when it comes to stress whether that is from past experiences or simply being born with the abilities to handle stress. These kids manage stress by doing things that will keep their mind off of everything going on, or maybe they even have a special someone to talk to and help get everything off of their minds. Secondly, all kids come from different backgrounds, all kids have witnesses and have seen things that could make them mentally tougher than others. You can not assume that all problems stem from divorce as it could be anything else that might be affecting these kids. The last and most important theme is how divorce and how everything plays out varies from family to family. How the divorce process goes will affect the kid the most. According to a Canadian resident, divorce in her family taught her to be more adaptable as the following months and years of her life following the divorce would be filled with good/bad changes. According to Dr. Lisa Ferrari, “A natural byproduct of going through divorce is that you are required to be more adaptive.” Divorce can also help a child realize their own strengths and ability to do things by themselves. When having a single parent, who is more than likely working a lot to help provide for you and the family, you have to begin to become more independent. Divorce will also help children gain a sense of appreciation towards other, and helps divorced children grasp a better understanding of what might be going with the children around them. Dr. Ferrari says “When their peers have family problems, it’s very relatable for them.” divorced children have a better chance of relating and helping other children out when the same type of situations happen for them.

The information in all of these articles are scholarly as it has been taken from thorough research studies and has been measured by studying the actions/behaviors of children who went through a divorce In their family. I believe a divorce can effect a kid very negatively in all aspects of life but it will all depend on what this kid has been through before the divorce and his/her capability to deal with stress and anxiety of their family differences.

 

Sources:

Cherlin, A., & Furstenberg, F. F., Jr. (1989, March 19). DIVORCE DOESN’T ALWAYS
HURT THE KIDS. Retrieved from The Washington Post website:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/opinions/1989/03/19/
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Anderson, J. (2014, November). The impact of family structure on the health of
children: Effects of divorce. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
pmc/articles/PMC4240051/

Morin, A. (n.d.). The Psychological Effects of Divorce on Children. Retrieved
August 24, 2018, from very well family website:
https://www.verywellfamily.com/psychological-effects-of-divorce-on-kids-4140170
Middleton, J. (2015, November 1). 5 POSITIVE LESSONS CHILDREN LEARN FROM
DIVORCE. Retrieved from Canadian Living website:
https://www.canadianliving.com/life-and-relationships/relationships/article/
5-positive-lessons-children-learn-from-divorce

Chapter 3 Impression Post Option 1

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The use of marijuana both recreational and medically has increased drastically over the past decades. I personally feel like their are many different positives and negative to the increases of marijuana use on both levels. Medical marijuana use for patients dealing with illness and disease have witnessed a dramatic increase in the accessibility of marijuana. Medical marijuana users use marijuana to help reduce chronic pain and weaknesses that they be dealing with on a daily basis. It has shown to help diminish discomfort and pain that many people who have severe arthritis, back pain, and even cancer patients. I believe medical marijuana is a great way to help the people dealing with medical issues keep their mind off of what they’re dealing with and help reduce much of the pain they go through each day. Recreational marijuana use has become much more popular in the United States alone as many states are now allowing marijuana dispensaries to sell to anybody 21 years or older. There are 9 states in the US that have legalized recreational use to people living in it. Recreational marijuana is going to continue to grow whether we the people believe it should or not. Dispensaries bring in large amounts of revenue for the state as a whole, and its a booming business currently for the states who have approved. I feel like recreational use is a negative for the user, but a huge positive for state revenues and economics. I do not think recreational weed should be made illegal because its up to the person on whether they want to use it or not and its such a business boomer.

Chapter 8 Impression Post Option 1

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Study habits and the way you chose to study can help improve your memory overall and make you retain the information much better than usual. The way I studied for the first exam in our psych class was by reading through the notes, and creating flash cards with key terms from the chapters. I also filled out the study guide and read over that many times. After researching good study habits, researchers say that reading through your notes can be one of the word ways to improve memory. Researchers also said just reading through your notes rarely increases your results but will show a decrease in the results of your test. I also procrastinate a lot which leads me to waiting till the last minute to study for my exams. Another great way to study is by spreading out your studying. This means spending time studying for 30-60 minutes per day instead of cramming all of your studying into one night. Another great study habit for improving memory is by chunking things out. If you have a large chapter to cover, it is best to read through it completely a few times then begin to process the information in smaller pieces. I believe my study habits are not the best, but for second exam I will imply new study habits that will help improve my memory for the information on the test.

Chapter 7 Impression Post

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The increase of kids playing first person shooter games and gore games has had a dramatic increase over the past 20 years. It has led to many negative criticisms and associations with children. Some negative affects that have been associated with kids playing violent video games is that they see increases in aggressive behaviors and actions in their daily lives. It also shows increases in aggressive thoughts and angry feelings overall making kids more negative than normal. I believe that kids playing violent games can spark an increase in violence but isn’t the only reason why some kids act out. Another big reason of why kids become aggressive and violent is due to the environment which they are raised in. If a kid is raised in a household with parents who are physically and emotionally abuse each other their kids will have a much higher chance of being violent and abusive. Violent video games might be a way for kids to lash out on make believe characters and games instead of actually doing it in real life which is very beneficial for kids. Although violent video games have proven to show an increase in aggressive behaviors and thoughts, I do not believe they should create a ban or stop selling these types of games to young children because it gives a way for people to  get away from the violence they see on a daily basis in their homes. Its also a great way for kids to get their anger out by killing computerized characters and not acting out in real life.