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PSYC 4820 Notes

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PSYC 4820 Notes PSYC 4820

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Week's worth of notes covering from the beginning of the semester, up until 19 January.
Positive Psychology
Dr. Cindy Pury
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Psychology, Positivity, Positive Psychology




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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Megan Hart on Wednesday January 20, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to PSYC 4820 at Clemson University taught by Dr. Cindy Pury in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 53 views. For similar materials see Positive Psychology in Psychlogy at Clemson University.

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Date Created: 01/20/16
7 January 2016  Positive States o “Happiness” people o “Happiness” people are the majority of people at Positive Psych conferences  Virtue States o Smaller minority of people at Positive Psych conferences o “fighting upstream” against the “happiness” people  Applications  Consilience o The idea that you can think of any given moment or time, topic, or things that happen on many different levels o On a scale from small to big  Ex. change on a neuron level to change on a global level 12 January 2016  Discussion based questions: o What makes us happy? o What makes someone happier during adversity? o Depression  non-depression? o How do people find meaning in life?  Eudaimonia: Greek word, gets translated as “happiness” but means “more” o Means “a good life” o Being happy; resilient; not being depressed; finding meaning; being good to others; feeling as though you’ve done good things in the world  Group discussion: ideas to a happy life? o Close personal connection (i.e. best friend, relationship) o Good relationship with family o Job you really like and enjoy o Good health o Paying it forward o Sense of faith or higher belief o Good moral character  Psychology went from being interested in interior phenomenon to strict behaviorism o Strong reliance on situations with externally, observable, objective criteria (as objective as we can be)  Interest grew in clinical psychology and ways to alleviate suffering  Humanistic psychology developed as a reaction to Freud’s idea that internal mechanizations happen to make people inherently unhealthy o Came up with Maslow’s pyramid, social interests, etc.  Criticisms: o Individuals  groups o Cultish  Hero worship o Applications are developed before the science o Ignores good past research/ideas o Pollyanna-ish (Happy-Clappy)  People who are overly-happy all the time 14 January 2016  Looked at suicide notes that were posted online and manifestos posted by people that committed some sort of heinous act o Courage depends on two evaluations:  How noble or worthwhile or good is this action  Did the person do something risky (is this risky in some way)  Big things about the news: o That it’s new  Current  Unexpected  single studies o Present info as interesting, compelling (emotional) o Anecdotes, stories, quotes  Science: o Consensus  Multiple observations  Replication  Expected based on theory o Presenting facts with precision  #’s of citations o Process of testing  A model of the world  Never done  Meta-analysis o Sample of studies measuring/manipulating 2 constructs (or more) looks for effect size across all the studies  Finding: bad courage exists o People who write/speak about a bad thing that they are going to do/doing o Describe:  Volition  Risk  Meaning/value of their goal 19 January 2016 *No notes or lecture from professor*


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