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Week 7 Notes Psyc 287

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These notes cover the readings and in class notes from 10/4 of week seven!
Psychology of Personality
Dr. Pearce
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Date Created: 10/10/16
Psychology of Personality PSYC 287 Week Seven Notes 10/4 Chapter 12 Reading Assignment Experience, Existence, and the Meaning of Life: Humanistic and Positive Psychology  The goal of humanistic psychology is to overcome this paradox by acknowledging and addressing the ways in which psychology is unique  Phenomenology: awareness is everything o One’s conscious experience of the world o From a phenomenological viewpoint, the only place and time in which you exist is in your consciousness, right here, right now o Construal: your particular experience of the world o Introspection: research assistants tried to observe their own perceptions and though processes  Existentialism o A broad philosophical movement that began in Europe in the mid-1800s o The Three Parts of Experience  Biological experience (Umwelt) – pleasure, pain, heat, cold, and all the bodily sensations  Social experience (Mitwelt) – what you think and feel as a social being  Inner, psychological experience (Eigenwelt) – how you feel and think when you try to understand yourself, your own mind, and your own existence o “Thrown-ness” and Angst  thrown-ness: refers to the time, place, and circumstances into which you happened to be born  angst: the unpleasant feelings caused by contemplating concerns o Bad Faith  Although ignoring existential issues is very common, the existentialists point out that it has three problems  To ignore these troubling facts of existence is to live a cowardly lie  Even if you manage to ignore troubling existential issues by surrounding yourself with material comforts, you still will not be happy  It is impossible, b/c choosing not to worry about the meaning of life and surrendering your choices to external authorities is still a choice o Authentic Existence  The existentialists’ preferred alternative to bad faith is to courageously come to terms with the facts” you are mortal, your life is short, and you are a master of your own destiny o The Eastern Alternative  The fundamental reality is your own experience at this moment – the past, the future and the experience of other people are forever closed of  Anatta – the idea that the independent, singular self you sense inside your mind is merely an illusion  Anicca – all things must pass and it is best to accept this fact instead of fighting it  Optimistic Humanism: Rogers and Maslow o Self-Actualization: Rogers  A person can be understood only from the perspective of her phenomenal field, which is the entire panorama of conscious experience  Actualize – the maintain and enhance life o The Hierarchy of Needs: Maslow  A person’s ultimate need/motive is to self-actualize – this motive becomes active only if the person’s more basic needs are met first  A hierarchy of needs sel f- act ual iza tio status, esteem belonging, social activity safety, security, comfort, sex basic physiological needs, food, water, etc. o The Fully Functioning Person  You are this if, you can perceive the world accurately and without neurotic distortion, and if you take responsibility for your choices  Conditions of worth limit your freedom to act and think o Psychotherapy  The goal is to help the client become a fully functioning person  To achieve this goal, the therapist develops a genuine and caring relationship with the client and provides unconditional positive regard  Therapist’s job is  To help the client perceive his own thoughts and feelings without the therapist seeking to change them in any way  To make the client feel appreciated no matter what he thinks, says, or does  Personal Constructs: Kelly o Sources of constructs  Kelly viewed constructs as bipolar dimensions along which people or objects can be arranged o Constructs and Reality  Constructive alternativism: you choose the construal you use; they are not forced on you, since others are equally possible  Flow: Csikszentmihalyi o Flow: the subjective experience of an activity – the enjoyment itself  Self-Determination Theory: Deci and Ryan o Hedonia and Eudaimonia  Positive Psychology o The aim of this growing field of theorizing and research is to correct what its proponents see as long-standing over emphasis within psychology on psychopathology and malfunction o Improve quality of life and prevent the pathologies that arise when life is a barren and meaningless  The Implications of Phenomenology o The moment-to-moment experience of every aware person 10/4 in class notes Behavioral Genetics – Chapter 9 Continued  Eugenics o Sir Francis Galton o Positive eugenics: improve genetic composition of the population by encouraging healthy, smart people to reproduce o Founded psychometrics o Negative eugenics: improve genetics of population by discouraging the poor and unintelligent from reproducing  Negative Eugenics o 1907 – Indiana became first state to legalize sterilization o 1922 – Harry H. Laughlin published model sterilization act  subject for sterilization: “the feeble minded,” insane, criminals, epileptics, alcoholics, blind and deaf people, deformed people, indigent people o 1930s – more than 30 stats had sterilization laws  Buck v. Bell, 274 U.S. 200 (1927) o Carrie Buck was committed to the Virginia State colony for Epileptics and the Feeble Minded by her adoptive family after she gave birth to a child out of wedlock at approximately age 18 o Said to have a mental age of 9 o Biological mom, mental age of 8, prostitution – all feeble minded o First to be sterilized at the colony o Although said to have mental age of 9 – attended school for 5 years o Her daughter was never legitimately examined – was a bright student before dying at a young age o Carrie had been raped by a family member – was sterilized instead of her family being there for her o Virginia’s sterilization law was repealed in 1974, but Buck v. Bell has never been overruled o Laughlin received honorary doctorate from Heidelberg University in 1936, Buck v. Bell was cited in defense at Nuremberg trials  Eugenics o Foundations of clinical psychology, intelligence testing, and research methods can be linked to eugenics movement o Approximately 65,000 Americans were involuntarily sterilized since Carrie Buck, continuing into the 1970s  Evolutionary Personality Psychology o Attempt to explain human behavior or personality by theorizing about how it might have been adaptive for the human species thousands of years ago o Aggression, altruism, self-esteem, depression, mate selection and mating strategies Chapter 12 – humanistic and positive psychology  Origins of Humanistic Psychology o Emerged in the 1950s o Response to psychoanalytic theory and behaviorism  Psychoanalysis focuses on understanding unconscious motivations that drive behavior  Behaviorism focuses on the conditioning processes that produce behavior  Basics of Humanistic Psychology o Humanistic psychology focuses on each individual’s potential to be good  Basic belief is that people are innately good and that psychological problems are deviations from the natural tendency to be good o Assumes that people have an “actualizing tendency”  Origins of Humanistic Psychology o Existential philosophy  Ludwig Binswanger: three components of conscious experience (umwelt, mitwelt, eigenwelt)  Human beings are free to (or are obligated to) determine the meaning of their lives  Existential angst: anguish, forlornness, despair o Phenomenology  An individual’s experience of the world is key  Other places, times, and people only meaningfully exist in your mind  Central Tenets of humanistic psychology o Human beings are greater than the sum of their parts; they cannot be reduced to components (Holistic) o Human beings are unique; diferent from all other life (humanistic) o Human beings are conscious; self-awareness o Human beings have free will  Strengths of humanistic psychology o Emphasizes the role of the individual: people can control and determine their mental health o Accounts for environmental influences; does not focus solely on internal thoughts and desires o Therapeutic techniques can be used to benefit normal, healthy people  Helped reduce negative stigma of seeking help/therapy  Weaknesses of Humanistic Psychology o Very subjective  Focus on individual experience makes it difficult to apply scientific methods o Observations are unverifiable  Humanistic psychology is concerned with things that are difficult to measure – creativity, free will, potential


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