Friday, August 12, 2011
WOW it would take too much space on this blogg to be able to convey everything I got from taking this class. First off I am going to say that since taking Psy 101 I have realized I want to continue my education further in this subject. I am working on my ass degree in human services, and honestly I am considering in changing my major Psychology. I have a great interest in all aspects of the study. I believe this class has improved my parenting skills as well as improved the way I think about myself. I have a better understanding over mental health, and my paper on testing IQ's taught me so much. I believe that Psy 101 has made an everlasting impression in my life that has created huge differences. Thank You Lara, you are a great professor and hope to take many more of your classes.
I feel that I have learned just the very beginning of a fascinating area of study. There was so much information not only written but from the lectures that I felt at time “wow, I need to know more about that subject” which was a wonderful feeling to have. It was also very interesting to learn how many different opinions and studies are conducted and referred to not only past but now in the present. Learning and reading other opinions help me to see a different point of view that I may not of considered before as relevant. The belief I had prior to this class was that this field would be not only interesting but would help me to realize a path in life that I was ready to take was answered after the very first chapter of this book. Even though I do not have the area of study that I want to follow as narrowing it down seems like a daunting task right now I know for me it is a calling I must answer.
I would also like to thank everyone for posting to the blog, I found it to be a wonderful source of inspiration and motivation for me at times. Thank you all and have a wonderful rest of the summer
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I do not believe Psychological disorders are a myth but a very real issue in today’s world. We see it every day in the lives of people we know and hear it in their voices when they discuss how they feel and why. I look back and see that in many family’s depression is a issue from generation to generation.
I believe that any person who truly believes they may have a disorder can produce symptoms of such disorder. It may not be real to those who are with that person but that disorder is very real to them. This is why treatment facilities are so important as they help people work though their emotions, feeling and thoughts.
Kids are very expressive and as we all know can go a “mile a minute” as the old saying goes. Why do we as a society feel that this is so bad now, why do we feel if a child does not listen to our every word or is hyper we need to label it.
The most common label is ADHD. Because of this my first question would be why do you think this? What is the basis of your opinion and how much experience do you have with this disorder?
I would not only seek the advice of one professional but seek a second who both specialize in this disorder. I would visit chart rooms and discussion group of other parents and children who live with the diagnosis. Since medication usually used to treat this disorder it would be very important to me to not only research the medication but look for alternatives.
I feel this class has introduced me to the tip of the ice burg, where psychology exists. The subjects we covered were so vast, it was almost overwhelming when I consider where we started from to where we ended. I thoroughly enjoyed it all. I think one of the important things I will walk away with, is that research is continuing, that information, documentation and conclusions are changing. That we are constantly growing, changing and getting new knowledge. This is an exciting field to be in, as the new knowledge we acquire can really effect a life. We can be a part of helping the healing process with another person and that is an incredible honor. Through this class, I can see the need to search myself and see what area's of psychology I want to study. I need to narrow my field of interest. I too would like to thank everyone for sharing there life and stories with me. I wish all of you the very best.
WHAT DO YOU THINK? If a teacher suggested that your child be tested for ADHD, what would you do?
Hopefully, I would not take offense and immediately deny the possibility. I need to remember that the teacher is with my child 6 or 7 hours a day, five days a week and possibly sees something that I do not. She could have a more objective view than I, since it is my child. Just as I would respect her request to see a doctor, I will remain open to hear what the specialist says. Now if the doctor says my child does have ADHD I might seek a second opinion. If that one says the same thing, then I would be looking for natural herbs and treatments. I would be looking at his diet and making changes there. I would try my hardest not to put my child on medication if it was at all possible. I would seek out all other options first. If nothing I tried worked, I would try pharmaceutical medication and monitor it closely. I would constantly be looking for new break through in this area.
I personally feel Psychological Disorder does exist and many people suffer with this illness. How can a person dismiss what an individual is going through and say it is not real? It's as if they are saying that their symptoms and what they are living through does not exist. If depression is real to the person and they have symptoms that back up what they are experiencing, then it is real. Now I will agree with the possibility that some cases may be misdiagnosed, since the number of cases has skyrocketed in the past 20 years. But even with that acknowledgement, I would maintain that something is still wrong with the individual if they are depressed or displaying inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. I feel these conditions can be helped, so the labeling should not stay with them the rest of their life. There is no shame in having an illness.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
When I was younger, 15 with my first baby, I sometimes struggled with dissatisfaction over being a single mom. It seemed like all of my friends were out having such a good time. I really wanted to go out and party, be able to run to the lake and water ski, even just be able to sit out in the yard and relax with a book and get a tan. I was always chasing a baby around! I felt left out many times because I wouldn't be invited places. Even those moments were not much of a challenge though. I enjoyed my son too much!
Maybe chocolate is a temptation... but I just give into that desire when it rolls around and so it couldn't really be considered temptation because I don't struggle with it.
A few of the things for which I found myself being grateful for were the safety of my children. (I have a son who rides dirt bikes) I am exceedingly thankful for my home, a steady job, my grass and flowers this summer, and for my time in the evening when it is quiet enough to study and do homework! We haven't had much sunshine in Tok this summer and so I was thankful for sun on Thursday night!
Saturday, August 6, 2011
I see two women who are related a mother and a daughter. They over time have had many different view points during life. The strain of the relationship is shown in both women's face. The younger women is thinking “I am so tired of hearing the same information over and over again and I hope I don’t age and treat my children this way”. The older women is thinking “ Why doesn’t she listen, I am only trying to help with information I learned over my lifetime”.
After this photo was taken both women talked about small stuff, unimportant things that go on daily in their life. They avoided anything that would of put more stress into an already stressful relationship. Once they had lunch or dinner they went home and continued on with their day. The daughter made her normal evening phone call to make sure her mother was okay as she always did and then went to bed.
watching my grandson
laughing with co-workers
I found that listing the things in life that made me happy before bed gave me time to reflect on why they made me feel happy and fulfilled. I also found that doing this before bed helped me sleep better. I have panic attacks usually in the morning so this seemed to relieve some of those as well. I would wake up and reread the things I wrote previously and that helped me start my day feeling better. I believe that remembering what makes you happy daily can benefit your life by reminding yourself life is not at bad as we can make it seem sometimes. That actually we have many blessings to be thankful for.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
I found this exercise to be really interesting. I decided to try it on other people and see what results I ended up with. When I tried it on my husband, it was definitely different than with my girlfriend. Just the tone of voice (he tends to get loud when he gets excited or wants to prove a point), would make me retreat, and scoot to the back of the chair. Even when we agreed with each other and he was loud, I would still lean back inthe chair. When his voice was on a normal level, and we were in agreement, we both leaned into each other. I am surprised at how much we use body language without be counscious of it.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
The thematic appreciation picture brought to mind the worst traits that women tend to have... gossiping and judgmental tendencies! The older woman has just told the younger woman a slight mis-truth and the younger woman is downright angry. The person whom the older woman is gossiping about likes the fact that the younger woman is angry. She is satisfied that she has caused angst.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
I realized that I am naturally expressive through body language! I noticed throughout the day that I do use body language often when dealing with my children. I noticed that it is natural for me to get down on the floor when my youngest son is showing me a reenactment of WWE with his Halo action figures. I sit on the edge of my oldest son's bed when he is showing me a new drawing. Those were just two instances this afternoon when I caught myself naturally getting more on their level when I am communicating them! It is has been eye opening to pay atttention to my own body language.
I did not speak with anyone who I am in disagreement with today but I will try to remember to be conscious of my body language when trying to settle a disagreement or having a discussion with someone with whom I do not agree with!
At the time the Family began to form, Manson was an unemployed ex-convict, who had spent half of his life in correctional institutions for a variety of offenses. Before the murders, he was a singer-songwriter on the fringe of the Los Angeles music industry, chiefly through a chance association with Dennis Wilson, founding member and drummer of The Beach Boys. After Manson was charged with the crimes he was later convicted of, recordings of songs written and performed by him were released commercially. Artists, including Guns N' Roses, White Zombie and Marilyn Manson, have covered his songs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Manson
I believe that like many artist he suffered from a anti social issue. I do not believe he realized this to much later in life but that unconscious state of mind shaped him from a young age. That due to his family history of never belonging which formed when he was sent to live with different relatives throughout his young life drove him to became leery of society. Why not, if even your own family disowned you why wold society want you as a whole. Therefor when society as he felt turned on him he became more withdrawn from it as a group. Due to his leadership ability he was able to use take that unconscious state of mind which I believe by then he understood well he was able to lead others to believe in him by portraying the “society doesn’t care, want or need you” to his group of followers but I do.
It seems to me that again as a group artist are more loners in general. They, I have found have very strong leadership abilities and therefor command the interest and followers in a group. I would tell him to use his ability in a positive way. Find what motivates him, his music, his love of leadership and build from that. Not all society is going to treat you fairly but no one is truly alone and their are more positive outlets in society that could use this type of leadership and musical ability. Music soothes the soul use that as your motivation to succeed.
Psychodynamic Analysis of Jim Jones
James “Jim" Jones is not a hero of mine. He is simply a fascinating character in history that was able to lead over 900 people to commit mass suicide, 300 of those people being children whose parents willingly poisoned them.
If I were to play with psychodynamic theories regarding the unconscious traits of Jim Jones which led him to be one of the most diabolical characters in American history, I would have to state that his insecurity as a young child would have been the beginnings of his need to be a revolutionary leader. Experiences in his childhood, such as his Mother being harassed by the FBI, led him to form extremely idealized views of society in which he dreamed of leading people out of their oppression through socialism. In the process he would be a loved and admired hero to his followers which appeased his childhood desire for acceptance.
Jim Jones noticed early on in his life that he could manipulate people through their religion. He turned himself into a charismatic religious leader and formed a following of people who looked to him as the center of their new socialist paradise. He wrapped good ideology, such as de-segregation, into a socialist cult where he placed himself as the center of the movement and used sex and power to bind his followers so closely to himself that they joined him a suicidal nightmare.
Jim Jones needed early intervention in his life. He was living in a volatile age when our country was questioning its own ideals because of the opposition to the Vietnam War. People who opposed the war were attracted to socialism and communism and were antagonistic towards American ideals and capitalism. Some, such as Jones, and perhaps those around him actually hated American ideals enough to think that they needed to save our country from the great evil of capitalism. In his later years, he appealed to those who felt racially and economically oppressed. Those people by which he surrounded himself encouraged him in his delusion of grandeur. They knelt to his leadership and agreed with his ideology, feeding his ego, making his need for approval and acceptance (which had eluded him as a child) grow into an abusive beast that overtook his entire personality. He farther secluded himself and his followers and progressed into the horrid creature that sexually and emotionally abused his followers securing their ties to him.
The only salvation for Jim would have come at an early age before his self-esteem was destroyed by apparent torment as a child. He would have needed at least one adult mentor to lead him into a normal socialization pattern. His Mother, whom it appears had her own strong views of the world, likely shaped his image of the outside world and portrayed the larger society around him as being evil and unjust. His childhood dreams of acceptance and revolutionary change progressed into a deep madness with the admiration and commitment of his followers and supporters edging him farther off the precipice. By the time that he was a young adult, his path was set. There would have been little advise that anyone could have given him that would have changed his self destructive path. Unfortunately the political and economic time frame in which he lived led others to follow him on that destructive path.
Jim Jones' first church in Indianapolis, Indiana
In 1951, Jones became a member of the Communist Party USA, and began attending meetings and rallies in Indianapolis. He became flustered with harassment he received during the McCarthy Hearings, particularly regarding an event he attended with his mother focusing on Paul Robeson, after which she was harassed by the FBI in front of her co-workers for attending. He also became frustrated with what he perceived to be ostracism of open communists in the United States, especially during the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. This frustration, among other things, provoked a seminal moment for Jones in which he asked himself "how can I demonstrate my Marxism? The thought was, infiltrate the church."
Jones' interest in religion began during his childhood, primarily because he found making friends difficult, though initially he vacillated on his church of choice. Jones was surprised when a Methodist superintendent helped him to get a start in the church even though he knew Jones to be a communist and Jones did not meet him through the Communist Party. In 1952, Jones became a student pastor in Sommerset Southside Methodist Church, but claims he left that church because its leaders barred him from integrating blacks into his congregation. Around this time, Jones witnessed a faith-healing service at the Seventh Day Baptist Church. He observed that it attracted people and their money and concluded that, with financial resources from such healings, he could help accomplish his social goals.
Jones then began his own church, which changed names until it became the Peoples Temple Christian Church Full Gospel. Jones sold pet monkeys door-to-door to raise funds for his church.
Jones moved away from the Communist Party and Maoists when CPUSA members and Mao Tse-tung became critical of some of the policies of former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.
Deaths in Jonestown
Main article: Jonestown
Later that same day, 909 inhabitants of Jonestown, 303 of them children, died of apparent cyanide poisoning, mostly in and around a pavilion. This resulted in the greatest single loss of American civilian life in a non-natural disaster until the September 11, 2001 attacks. No video was taken during the mass suicide, though the FBI did recover a 45 minute audio recording of the suicide in progress.
On that tape, Jones tells Temple members that the Soviet Union, with whom the Temple had been negotiating a potential exodus for months, would not take them after the Temple had murdered Ryan and four others at a nearby airstrip. The reason given by Jones to commit suicide was consistent with his previously stated conspiracy theories of intelligence organizations allegedly conspiring against the Temple, that men would "parachute in here on us," "shoot some of our innocent babies" and "they'll torture our children, they'll torture some of our people here, they'll torture our seniors." Parroting Jones' prior statements that hostile forces would convert captured children to fascism, one temple member states "the ones that they take captured, they're gonna just let them grow up and be dummies."
Given that reasoning, Jones and several members argued that the group should commit "revolutionary suicide" by drinking cyanide-laced grape flavored Flavor-Aid along with a sedative. One member, Christine Miller, dissents toward the beginning of the tape. When members apparently cried, Jones counseled "Stop this hysterics. This is not the way for people who are Socialists or Communists to die. No way for us to die. We must die with some dignity." Jones can be heard saying, "Don't be afraid to die," that death is "just stepping over into another plane" and that "[death is] a friend." At the end of the tape, Jones concludes: "We didn't commit suicide, we committed an act of revolutionary suicide protesting the conditions of an inhumane world." According to escaping Temple members, children were given the drink first and families were told to lie down together. Mass suicide had been previously discussed in simulated events called "White Nights" on a regular basis. During at least one such prior White Night, members drank liquid that Jones falsely told them was poison.
Jones was found dead in a deck chair with a gunshot wound to his head that Guyanese coroner Cyrill Mootoo stated was consistent with a self-inflicted gun wound. However, Jones' son Stephan believes his father may have directed someone else to shoot him. An autopsy of Jones' body also showed levels of the barbiturate Pentobarbital which may have been lethal to humans who had not developed physiological tolerance. Jones' drug usage (including LSD and marijuana) was confirmed by his son, Stephan, and Jones' doctor in San Francisco.
On December 13, 1973, Jones was arrested and charged with soliciting a man for sex in a movie theater bathroom known for homosexual activity, in MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. The man was an undercover Los Angeles Police Department vice officer. Jones is on record as later telling his followers that he was "the only true heterosexual", but at least one account exists of his sexual abuse of a male member of his congregation in front of the followers, ostensibly to prove the man's own homosexual tendencies.
While Jones banned sex among Temple members outside of marriage, he himself voraciously engaged in sexual relations with both male and female Temple members. Jones, however, claimed that he detested engaging in homosexual activity and did so only for the male temple adherents' own good, purportedly to connect them symbolically with him (Jones).
One of Jones' sources of inspiration was the controversial International Peace Mission movement leader Father Divine. Jones had borrowed the term "revolutionary suicide" from Black Panther leader and Peoples Temple supporter Huey Newton who had argued "the slow suicide of life in the ghetto" ought to be replaced by revolutionary struggle that would end only in victory (socialism and self determination) or revolutionary suicide (death).
While James “Jim” Jones is not a hero in my eyes, he is a character who fascinates me because of his strong ideals and extraordinary appeal to other people. These strong ideals and his appeal led to the suicide of hundreds of people who also voluntarily killed their own children in the process.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
For example, my oldest daughter Amanda has always been stable and focused and her humor leans towards the serious and rational side. Even though I have seen her world transformed and her values and morals change, her personality is still the same. She is still solid and serious with a mild and steady sense of humor. My oldest son has an entirely different personality. His humor is irrational sometimes, and he is spontaneous and views the world through different lenses than my daughter does. He too has had moral and judgmental transformations, especially after Marine Corps boot camp. But when I am with both of them, I know how each will react to differing situations simply because I know them!
My mother also still recognizes me after thirty years of shifting values and morals and outlooks on life. I am still me. My personality is uniquely mine.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Physical: 1) Glands in body produce growth hormones. 2) Girls 11-12, body starts to fill out in hips and bust area, changing inward and outwardly. 3) Boys grow taller, leaner, more muscle mass. 4) Becomes interested in sex.
Emotional: 1) Teenagers, when they experience love for the first time (referred to as puppy love), it is really real to them. First time experience, nothing to compare it to. They seem very emotional, dramatic during this time in life. 2) Their brain is going through development (frontal lobe). 3) This effects their ability to make consistent good decisions. 4) Passionate connection to friends.
Mental: 1) Seem to have abstract thought, analyze things, compares, random thoughts. 2) Challenges what parents have told them, begins to make their own decision, based on there own thoughts and reasoning. 3) Funny, insightful and deep thinkers.
Spiritual: 1) Strong family values, strong moral, knows right from wrong. 2) Help them make good choices. 3) Experience it through friends of family members. 4) Not all youth grow up with spiritual influence, but around the age of 25, start asking themselves, "why am I here" and seeking answers.
Body changes start to happen (girls bust and hips grow, boys get more muscler and taller
Sexual interest begins
Irrational decisions at time
The first true love or puppy love, very dramatic, overwhelming due to the fact they have no comparison
Brain starts developing in different areas which effect the decision and emotional thinking
Friends become very important at times more than family
Thought process varies from very strong point driven to random at times
Become more defiant wanting to make their own decisions
Attitude changes such as feeling in invincibility
The question of what is spirituality and does god exist. When as younger children they just believed as they were told.
hormonal changes with increase in estrogen, waist broadens, breasts grow, uterus and ovaries mature, lining of uterus is engorged with blood, "last chance or second chance for the brain" causing rash or impulsive decisions
hormonal changes with an increase in testosterone, grow taller and leaner, they gain more muscle mass, voice changes, testes grow, interest in women and sex increases, "last chance or second chance for the brain" causing rash or impulsive decisions
attracted to emotional characteristics of boys, drama increases and they experience "puppy love", "last chance or second chance for the brain", abstract thinking, begin to think about relationships and feelings, may feel anger or frustration and may experience loneliness, identity formation takes place
attracted to physical attributes of girls, increased drama and first instance of "puppy love", "last chance or second chance for the brain" causing rash or impulsive decisions, abstract thinking, begin to think about relationships and feelings, may feel anger or frustration and may experience loneliness, identity formation takes place
Brain needs more sleep for cognition or it may lead to “hungry, angry, lonely, tired”, cognitive changes take place causing “adolescent ego-centrism” which leads to a belief that one is invincible,
some may experience and think about spirituality, some may gain an awareness of spirituality if it had not been a component of their earlier years
I already know what type of senior I want to be! I have a wonderful example in my mother who coached hockey at 58 and 59 and who took a six day raft trip down the Yukon this summer with my kids and I! She just admitted last night that even though she is considered a senior citizen at 60 years old, she doesn't feel like a senior citizen... although she did ask for her senior discount at the state park the other day!
Aging in this day and age is not like it used to be. Health and health care is so good and people are living into their nineties and beyond! We have been guilty of sitting our older folks in rocking chairs and ignoring them. That isn't fair though. My Mom could be told that she needs to slow down and knit table cloths... instead she is doing what she loves! She loves camping and now she has a new interest in rafting the rivers and is making plans to raft the Tanana and the Chena Rivers with the kids and I.
When asked what kind of senior I want to be... I would have to answer that I want to be just like Mom! What an example!
When people ask me how old I am I honestly think about it. Not that I don’t know but I learned years ago that age is just a number your ability to stay young comes from your attitude. I don’t feel mid 40, don’t act mid 40 and hope to keep feeling this way as I age gracefully I may add.
I want my children and grandchildren to get excited about visiting and the crazy things we may continue to do. The adventures we will do as we continue to travel around. Life is short and I intend on living it to the fullest of my ability.