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PSY 325 Week 10 Notes

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PSY 325 Week 10 Notes PSY 325

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These notes cover April 4th, 6th, and 8th. Two of these days were guest lectures.
Psychology of Personality
Karla Gingerich
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Date Created: 04/20/16
Lecture 25 (Unit 4): Ch. 12- Experience, Existence, and the Meaning of Life Monday, April 4, 2016 1:00 PM • Reminders: o Engagement writing 6 due Friday, 11:59am • Humanistic Psychology o Your universe is yours alone, and only you experience it in the way you do o 8 elements of humanistic psychology (table 12.1): • Humanistic • Holistic • Historic • Phenomenological • Real life • Positivity • Will • Value • Humanism o One's unique, conscious experience of the world (called phenomenology) is more important than the world itself o Your particular construals (experience and interpretation of reality) direct your living o Perception matters more than any absolute reality o "We do not see things as they are. We see them as we a re" -Talmud o "it is not things in themselves that trouble us, but our opinions of them." -Epicetetus o "I do not react to some absolute reality, but to my perception of this reality. It is this perception for me which is reality." -Carl Rogers o Emphasis is on "the freedom of people to choose which elements to emphasize in their construals" of any situation • Ability to interpret things differently • We can choose our construals • This is how we can achieve free will o And it's all about the present • "the past is gone and the future is not here yet… you are here now" • Existentialism o We come into the world alone; we leave alone o We are ultimately responsible for ourselves • You invent your own answers to life's questions (such as "who am I? Where am I going?") • And you shouldn't neglect these concerns, because if you do, you "waste everything" say existentialists o Kurt Vonnegut (American author) says: We are nothing more than mud, some pretty lucky mud • "I tell you, we are on earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different" -Vonnegut o Angst: existential anxiety o It is our existential responsibility to face angst directly, and affect whatever aspects of the world that we can o Don't live in bad faith, a.k.a.: • "head in the sand" • "passive living" o Authentic existence takes courage! • Existentialism isn't for wimps • But through this examination, you can gain your freedom • Eastern thought (example: Buddhism) o Your existence is no more or less real than anyone else's… • The more important fact is that all people are interconnected o Enlightenment is caring for others the same as for yourself • Humanistic Psychology o All people are basically good • Believed that we are born good, and something went very wrong (more for some people) o Everyone is motivated to work on needs according to a hierarch y, topped off with a need to self-actualize • Maslow's hierarchy of needs o Gloria tapes (next class) Lecture 26: Guest Speaker Wayne Viney Wednesday, April 6, 2016 1:01 PM • Sigmund Freud o 3 goals from today: • Presentism • Freud's personality, interests, etc. • Freud's theory of motivation • Presentism: the tendency to interpret the past in terms of the present o Presentists would argue that we are creatures of the past o Some say we can be past-minded o Past has 2 components: • Empirical- archived, ex: letters • Interpretive component § History is not entirely interpretive o A lot of people believe we can understand a person by crawling through the past empathically • Having a Baby o Idea came along that you can condition baby's bowel movements o Freud found that there is p leasure resulting from releasing bowels • Then he thought: how can we punish children for it? • Punishments can result in consequences, because children don't know they're doing something wrong • If you're too easy on the child, it has consequences too o This helps us understand the anal phase • Who was Freud? o Born in 1836 o Freud identified with his 2 older half -brothers, who moved to England o Freud spoke 8 languages (he was naturally brilliant) • Everything comes pretty easily for him o Becomes involved with Bruce Bruka p sychologist • They got along very well because Freud was in search of a father figure • Yakob was rude to his son Freud, which led Freud to view his father as weak o Freud began to do work on the spinal cord of the fish, he was intrigued by how similar it was to the human spine o Bruka told Freud he probably wouldn't get hired by a University because he was a jew, and he would have to go into nursing o Freud then becomes interested in the psychology field (after trying almost everything else) o He becomes depressed for about 10 years, and tries electrotherapy, which proved to have a placebo effect • Went to France to study hypnosis • When he did this, he learned about the unconscious processes that occur within ourselves o Goes back to Vienna, gives up electrotherapy, and begins trying catharsis and hypnosis • Is disappointed in both techniques o Finally, with help of his patients, he hits on the idea of free association o By 1896, the word/idea of psychoanalysis finally appears • Determinists refuse this ide a-- they didn't believe there was free will in people whatsoever • Freud struggles with this, because he wants to remain faithful to his teachers • He believes there are free wills available to determinists § Intrapsychic freedom: the idea that there is an abili ty to explore new ideas; fear can stifle new thought • The inability to doubt • Freud feels that the greatest restriction on freedom is authority • Freud found freedom in sublimation (cannot display everything publicly) § Sublimation is freedom, but we pay a price for it § Sublimation means you cannot express outwardly what you want to express § Sublimation expends at a slow rate • Motor release- Ex. Going on a run when upset • Verbal release- telling someone about being upset • Ideational release (not healthy-- releases at a slow rate) o By 1900, Freud is free from authority of his teachers • Idea of dreams comes to surface • 1900-1939: released hundreds of books • Nazis came after him in Vienna because authoritarians hated psychoanalysis -- it was a big threat to them (that there were underlying ideas behind what they're doing; perhaps we're not rational masters) • Freud's motivation o "Instincts and their necessities" • Common to all motives is a source, and it's a stimulus • The stimulus will build; it is persistent o A motive has: • A stimulus • A drive • An aim • An object (The object of the drive) § The most variable part about any drive § This is how we can like foods we once hated (The object of an avocado has changed for me) o For example, imprinting • We have something similar to imprinting w ithin us, that drives us to be attracted to someone • The object has to have an aesthetic component to please us § For ex., why do men love women's breasts? • Usually, it's the woman that's beautiful as a result of having good breasts, rather than the sex organ being beautiful itself § Why do we love hair? o If there is something common to every drive, it's pleasure • Pleasure is central (although some people seek pain) • Pleasure is always short-lived § The thing we seek most can't be endured for very long • It seems like the whole world attacks us to not have pleasure (keeps us from having what we want most) § The macro-world (starvation, poverty) rages against us, micro -world is even worse (bacteria) • Our own body causes us pain and suffering § Your body is doomed to desolation and decay § Our own body turns against us • Think of how much $ we spend trying to preserve our youth • By far the worst/greatest source of pain: other people § All the murders § Bad parenting § Violence at every turn § We suffer at the hands of each other o What can we do in the face of all of this pain? • Freud said: § Chemical solution (alcohol, drugs) • This penalizes itself too fast • It's not dignified • Violates who you are § We withdraw • From the world • From other people • Symbolically § Remove from the light • Religion creates a sense of intelligence where we don't enjoy the world that we have • It's a matter of faith to discover that there may be more, but if you are too into the faith, you fail to grasp what you have right now § The best hope: science • There is freedom in science and technology • Science has done more for us than anything • Lengthened our lives • Made our lives more comfortable • Make a real contribution to the world by getting into the scientific experience Lecture 27: Positive Psychology (Guest lecture) Friday, April 8, 2016 1:05 PM • Definition o Positive psychology is about scientifically informed perspectives on what makes life worth living. It focuses on aspects of the human condition that lead to happiness, fulfillment, and flourishing. • Historically psychology has… o Viewed people as objects to be studied o Ignored the things that make us uniquely human, such as: • Love • Wisdom • Free will o Emphasized curing bad outcomes rather than promoting good outcomes • Positive psychology o People are creators of their own world • We are agents, not pawns • We have some choice to navigate our world and make our own decisions o People are also creatures of the world • Biological influences still impact us o Focus on human strengths and individual differences • Positives and idiosyncrasies o Empirical research is critical • Efforts to emphasize humanistic theory • New emphasis on an old perspective… o Abraham Maslow • Self-actualization o Carl Rogers • Unconditional Positive Regard • Client-centered; active listening o Martin Seligman • Pushing positive psychology • Flourishing • Positive takes you through the countryside of pleasure and gratification, to the high country of strength and virtue, and finally to the lasting fulfillment: meaning and purpose • TEDx talk: work in psychology is still "not goo d enough" § We can always do better • Flourishing o "To live within an optimal range of human functioning, one that connotes goodness, generativity, growth, and resilience." -Seligman o High emotional well being • High positive affect/low negative affect, & life sat isfaction o High psychological well being • Self-acceptance, personal growth, purpose in life, environmental mastery, autonomy, and positive relations with others o High social well being • Social acceptance, social actualization, social contribution o Happy people… • Are healthier and live longer • Are more tolerant and creative • Make decisions more easily • Have greater work productivity and higher incomes • Select more challenging goals, persist longer,… o What kind of people are happy? • Age and gender have no influence on ha ppiness • Education, IQ, and ethnicity are also not predictors of happiness • After a certain level (livable income) money does not contribute to greater happiness • Married people are happier than single, widowed, divorced • Active religious practices linked to h appier and healthier lives • Basic needs must be met to achieve happiness (Maslow's hierarchy) • Happiness and Extraversion o "The happiest people all seem to have good friends" -Diener o Extraverts are highly social, outgoing, and more likely to meet the fundamen tal need to belong o Happy people seem to have the ability and desire to form strong, intimate relationships o They assume the best in others; trusting • Happiness and Conscientiousness o In some studies, conscientiousness was found to be most highly correlated wi th life satisfaction o Conscientious people are more assertive, decisive, set higher goals, and achieve more o A strong sense of personal control linked to well -being (more than objective circumstances) o Take credit for their successes and responsibility for failures (agent, not pawn) • Happiness and Self-Esteem o Happy people like themselves • Less susceptible to some medical concerns • More resilient after a failure • Less likely to conform o Satisfaction with self is a better predictor of well-being than satisfaction with family, friendship, and income • In an individualistic culture • Happiness and Optimism o Common thread in optimism • Seeing the best in others, self, and life events (glass half full) o Interpret setbacks differently • Learn from mistakes o Belief that one's effort and self -discipline matter so the future looks brighter o People who deny negative life events and emotions are among the unhappiest • BUT WAIT o If happiness is connected to personality then are there just unhappy or happy personalities? • Nope! • Core virtues o Taxonomy of ideal characteristics • Surveyed Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism • Took lexical approach and found 6 virtues o Courage: exercise of will to accomplish goals in the face of opposition o *Justice: underlie healthy community l ife o *Humanity: protecting and taking care of others o Temperance: Protect against excess o Wisdom o Transcendence o *= in all religions across the board • Character strengths o The route through which we achieve the 6 virtues o Conceptually similar to personality traits o Defined as "positive traits reflected in thoughts , feelings, and behaviors. They exist in degrees and can be measured as individual differences." o Are they personality traits or not? • Studies show correlation to the big 5 • But positive psychologists say not • Cultivation of Happiness: 3 life dimensions o The pleasant life: a life that successfully pursues the positive emotions about the present, past, and future • Optimism and positive emotions (Gratitude) o The good life: using your signature strengths to obtain ab undant gratification (through activities you like doing) in the main realms of your life • Using your strengths to improve your life o The meaningful life: using your signature strengths and virtues in the service of something much larger than you are • Using your strengths for the "greater good"


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