The human mind is one of the most complex structures created. It is difficult to understand each brain process as every human being possesses their own distinguished thought patterns with different levels of complexities. A person’s mind greatly influences their behavior, which eventually transforms into a habit by becoming embedded into their character. Today, the world of psychology has such an understanding of the human brain. However, even before the field of Psychology was brought into practice, some writers shined a spotlight on the mechanism of the human brain in their works.
The paper aims to present the arguments regarding the possibility of psychological tests to be culture free or culture bound. Psychological tests are based on norms and the normative sample consist only a thin slice of human population. This leads to several cultural biases in testing. Thus, continuous attempts have been made by many researchers to construct culture-fair tests while many other believe that construction of such a test is almost impossible because it is very difficult to account all the cultural differences and variation across the globe. Introduction: Genesis of psychological testing showcases the developments and attempts made by the researchers to measure human mind and behaviour.
Matt Farberov was aware that some of the students were drinking underage and was criminally charged with an underage alcohol offense (misdemeanor). The vice president at the time and I both interviewed Matt Farberov about the incident who said he was fighting the charge. However, Farberov was found guilty
In that time, there were many heavy social standards and one of those standards was accepting Jim Crow. One example of one person not being able to combat Jim Crow due to the social pressure was in the book To Kill A Mockingbird. One of the characters, Dolphus Raymond, liked hanging out with black people and was friends with them. He knew that there was pressure against it, so he took the cowardly way out by pretending to be drunk as an excuse to hang out with them. The fictional character of Mr. Raymond is a great embodiment of the mental state of the silent few in America that knew that Jim Crow was wrong, but didn’t have the means or willpower to end it.
Antisocial personality disorder is described to be the tendencies to disregard and violate the rights of others around them. (Psychologytoday.com, 2017) There are many symptoms to look at for the mental illness. The DSM-5 lists many traits that people carry with them when having the illness much like Randle McMurphy. Randle was arrested and sent to work on the work farms for statutory rape. Although it is depicted in the movie that he might be faking being mentally ill; committing the crime of statutory rape meets a criterion of Antisocial Personality Disorder.
After reading and learning more about the “negativity bias”, and that “Over and over again, psychologists find that the human mind reacts to bad things more quickly, strongly, and persistently than to equivalent good things. We can’t just will ourselves to see everything as good because our minds are wired to find and react to threats, violations, and setbacks” (Haidt 29). In order to counteract this negativity bias, I would attempt to conduct a conscious effort to just try to process what’s happening first before I made any judgment of myself. At this time, I had no knowledge of the negativity bias, but I did know the general concepts behind it, though a bare one at that. Beating myself over a test was not going to solve my issues, and so slowing down, analyzing my study habits leading up to the exam, and reviewing my time management, became a common process for me to go through when I did not perform up to expectations.
An Elaboration on Kahneman’s Two System Model For this course I chose to read “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman as I was interested by the focus on cognitive thought processes. I am fascinated by the ability for the brain to store such great amounts of information and to use this information in such a limitless number of ways, allowing us to perform highly complex tasks in relatively little time. Additionally, we still know relatively little about how the brain actually stores this information and utilizes it properly. In the beginning of his book, Kahneman presents us with one of his own theories for how the brain performs cognitive processes, presenting a two system model. These two systems correspond to the “fast and slow” foreshadowed in the title.
However, even though King’s life sounds normal, it was not. Stephen King has never lead a polished and perfect life, in fact, he was an alcoholic and used cocaine for a time back in the seventies. He is clean now, but the horrors that were his own were slowly ripping at his family, and possibly that is why he wrote about families being torn apart because it was his way of dealing with his own personal family issues. “You just try to balance things out as best you can. But little by little, the family life starts to show cracks” (qtd.
I thought the most interesting out of all the chapters was the idea that people do not have a core identity because I have noticed the way I act with different people, or settings, and I’ve seen it with other people too. I’ve also seen how other people change in certain, or different, situations too. I never realized that this was happening until I read and talked about this topic directly. I personally think that every person’s personality changes based on the circumstances in a person’s life. There is evidence that some scholars support the idea that there isn’t the existence of a central identity, but multiple ones for multiple situations, (Duck, McMahan, page 50), “… Other scholars take the position that an individual’s identity is constructed in the course of interaction with other people.” I’ve seen how one second my mom could be talking friendly with her friends or family in a public setting, and in the next moment talking on the
Dissociative Identity Disorder Since the dawn of time the mind has both fascinated and baffled people. Many theories about the mechanics of the mind have come out of this fascination. The mind, in essence, is who we are. The mind stores memories, enables perception, controls judgement, and is “the seat of human consciousness” (Henriques). The mind has been incorporated into many facets of study including religion, philosophy, and psychology, but what happens when the mind goes askew?