I began my research with one basic question, what is perfectionism? To my surprise, I have many more questions now and a much wider view on the topic and the seriousness of the condition. As of now, my overall research question is, can perfectionism be cured and how does one accumulate this condition?
For this part I used source a above. When I first looked I found that this sources as an author so my next step was to look for any peer reviews. I don't believe it was peer reviewed or run by the government. I believe it is run by an educational group because the website is called student science.
Update on the psychological research: recently I've been looking into heuristics and how they evolve people's political views. Much of it is social, and changes over time based on the ever changing society we live in, stated in an EBSCO article on Political Psychology. Another thing I read this week focused on a social identity perspective and how that plays a role in politics. I learned that many people are moved by specific moral values and actions, such as affirmative actions, children development (education, etc.), and abortion or same sex-marriage.
The subject of my research paper has evolved from looking into the history behind body language, to what sort of body language can help to identify an abuser, and now I've finally settled on the question of whether or not those abused as children are more likely to become abusive parents.
My research for this week continued to be centered around what influences/encourages belief in demonic possession. I found that along with ignorance, local leaders, also, play major roles in fueling people's beliefs regarding demonic manifestation. For instance, in an article titled "Africa's Satanic Panic:...", it was stated that in the southern regions of Africa, pastors are claiming that some of the Christian communities are in spiritual danger because of the remaining presence of the native African traditional belief system.
Recently, with the impending presidential election, ive been studying politics and why voters are attracted to specific candidates. Ive found that many people tend to associate with the political parties that their families support because of the views they were raised with. This is the main reason for party association. With that being said, many people support the policies and candidates with that certain party. I assumed that some radical candidate could force voters into considering another politician, such as Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders.
For my research project I have decided to look into magic and how people are fooled by tricks and illusions. I love magic so this is really interesting for me. I have learned about the "blind spots" we have in our attention. It talks about how slight movements and little focus points can keep us from seeing the bigger picture of things. Misdirection is also key in any magic trick. You need to make others focus on something you really don't want them to focus on. It just is in the study to act as a distraction.
Religion in the government
Life without media is unimaginable. Social media, computers, telephones, TV, movies, and the internet- it was designed to keep us informed and aware, but sometimes it’s influence does more harm than good. Media influence occurs both deliberately and indirectly. More directly, the media targets children and teenagers often to promote brands and images; the media often use sexuality and violence to have a more subconscious influence. Among teenagers, media influence is most prevalent through body image and violence.
In my research, I have discovered that within the coming weeks Congress will be reviewing The Patriot Act. A large problem with the Patriot Act is that those who are in charge of maintaining the legality of this law in practice are insiders. Their view is clearly biased between what is right and what is wrong. There isn't an effective set of checks and balances in place to prevent abuses of power regarding The Patriot Act. To some degree The Patriot Act has been helpful in preventing terror yet it is a tenuous balance between preventing terror and invading our citizen's privacy.
What I have researched thus far:
The Patriot Act gives more power to the government to spy on Americans. Bush stated that waterboarding was highly effective and did no lasting harm. The Patriot Act was put in place by George W. Bush after the September 11th attacks and the Anthrax attacks. This act is very controversial yet oddly bipartisan among two Presidents because Barack Obama extended the Act once elected. An article by the Guardian, argues that the Patriot Act is inhuman and in some cases defiles the rights of American citizens.
Horror movies portray popular deaths as being executed by psychopathic men and women, however most people do not die in the arms of a psychopathic killer and the fear was purely developed through our exposure to media.
I started Frankl's "Introduction to Logotherapy" with no intention of actually reading it. It was more of a chance discovery thanks to my AP English teacher. What I found in the first 20 pages was not only intriguing but somewhat disconcerting.
I've always wondered why in our society, so much emphasis is put on beauty. It's known that more beautiful people get more and higher paying jobs than average looking people. How is it that our brains have been wired to see beauty as good and not so beautiful as bad? I decided to look into the science behind sex appeal. I thought it must only be our environment, the way we were raised. In American culture, we idolize the beautiful, rich, and famous. Because of this idolatry, we tend to be more attracted to physically appealing people. However, it's not just the environment.
a. The question I am interested is: What effect do the violent images and messages portrayed in T.V., movies, video games, etc. have on today's society? I am interested in this topic because I am lover of media with action and violence and I don't feel like it has any affect on me but I have always been curious if it actually does without me realizing it.
My question is why we choose to smoke cigarettes even though we knowhow harmful they are to our bodies. I wanted to research this question because I am interested in the psychology of forming bad habits. I found out that the reason most people do it is because it is an excuse in many cases to take a break from the chaos of life and have a moment to yourself with something that brings you pleasure.
Many people in the United States have siblings. Interestingly enough, most people that have siblings, fight with their siblings. Although we all love our siblings very much, sometimes we have differences and the only resolution that we see is to fight with them. There is often a sibling rivalry present among brothers and sisters, but I am curious as to why this is. I have been able to discover that the rivalry typical begins when you are born. When the first born child is "dethroned" with siblings entering their lives, they become jealous because they aren't the center of attention any more.
My question is on the psychological effects of wearing a uniform. I go to a Catholic school and we have to wear uniforms, so it's relevant to me. I'm interested in how a uniform positively or negatively affects people who wear them, including teams and certain schools and jobs.
Abstract: This research focuses on the health benefits and creativity release that the simplicity of writing offers. Not only that but it has become a new method of therapy for people with disabilities either emotional, physical and mental. Many institutes and hospitals along with clinics are approaching this new method who's theory started at the beginning with Dr. James Pennebaker PhD. Articles and new analysis show that with writing we are honest within ourselves and the blank sheet of paper that stands before us.
With over 5,000 languages in existence today, it is unsurprising that linguistics are a popular topic to study. One discovery that was made is called the "Whorf-Sapir hypothesis" or, more popularly, "linguistic relativity." Many studies have shown that the language a person speaks affects his or her thoughts. For example, about one third of the world's languages discuss space as "northeast" or "southwest" rather than "left" and "right," and members of these cultures are better at staying oriented and keeping track of where they are, even in unfamiliar places.
The most important thing I have learned by reading, The Lucifer Effect is that everyone is capable of evil when given the authority. Although I already knew that everyone is capable of evil it was interesting to see the experiments and examples used to support the ideas of Zombard. People will always be evil when given the authority because it is a part of human nature. For example, in the Stanford Prison Experiment, those who were guards were abusive towards the prisoners because they were given the power to.
The most important thing I have learned by reading this book is that everyone is capable of evil when given the authority. Although I already knew that everyone is capable of evil it was interesting to see the experiments and examples used to support the ideas of Zombard. People will always be evil when given the authority because it is a part of human nature. For example, in the Stanford Prison Experiment, those who were guards were abusive towards the prisoners because they were given the power to.
The psychological effects of music have long been wondered. Recently psychologists have studied the potential of music to have therapeutic effects on people with a variety of conditions. In most cases scientists have found that for many individuals music was very effective in treating the symptoms of their conditions. It was found that in many patients with autism, music aided in their ability to learn verbal and nonverbal communication skills. For patients with dementia it was found that music therapy can help to reduce their symptoms and reduce aggressive behavior.
I just read a very compelling article about psychopathy diagnosed in children. I thought this would be a very good article to read to understand the minds of psychopaths, because so much of our personality and thought processes develop during childhood. In this article, a little boy named Michael is described. He grew up having screaming fits that would be remarkably long lasting and unpleasant, making him an impossible child for his parents, one of which was even a psych major in college.
I am interested in psychology and specifically how the conscience works about why people make the certain choices they do. I became interested after reading many books and articles about human behavior and natural instincts. I learned many facts such as people are born with the natural instinct of greed and that we can learn to change as we grow up.
Every person involved within our lives has a distinct personality. We are all different people with tdifferent minds. My question is how do we become the people we are today? What makes us want to do the things we want, say the things we say, listen to the music we enjoy, etc? Can it be possibale that we are born the person we are? I
The first chapter of The Drama of the Gifted Child by Alice Miller might leave a reader feeling fascinated because it talks about the intense and interesting topic of child development and psychology. An example of this are on pages 5-9. "There is a mother* who at the core was emotionally insecure, and who depended for her narcissistic equilibrium on the child behaving, or acting, in a particular way. This mother was able to her insecurity from the child and from everyone else behind a hard, authoritarian and even totalitarian facade.