Personal Topics Presentation

Slide 2 Notes I really have learned a lot about myself and how I interact with others during this class. Some of the topics that have been covered have reinforced previously held beliefs, and some have even altered my perception. For instance, I have always held the belief that well-being should always supersede being well-off.... Continue Reading →

Wise Judgment Scenario

Choose one of the following scenarios and discuss how each of the five components of wise judgments can be applied to the scenario you have chosen. Then, make a decision based on the five components. Explain the rationale behind your decision. A man has had a difficult time finding a job that pays enough to... Continue Reading →

Assignment Optimism and Health Paper

The overarching statement of the article I chose, Comparative Risk and Perceived Control: Implications for Psychological and Physical Well-being among Older Adults, is that optimism is of no use, both physically and psychologically, without a strong sense of perceived control (Ruthig, Chipperfield, Perry, Newall, & Swift, 2007). Without high levels of perceived control optimism has... Continue Reading →

Changing Perspective Paper

Is the glass half full or half empty? Why did the chicken cross the road? Which came first, the chicken or the egg? If a tree falls in the woods and no one hears it, did it really fall? An English professor wrote the words, “A woman without her man is nothing” on the blackboard... Continue Reading →

Attachment Style and Relationships

Write a 350- to 700-word response summarizing the three dimensions of love and how they interrelate to identify a specific type of love relationship. The love triangle represents a summation of the 68 prototypical features of love organized into the three categories of passion, intimacy, and commitment. These broad categories can be combined in several... Continue Reading →

Pursuing Happiness Presentation

Slide 1 Notes According to current research (Bolt, 2004) a number of recommendations can be implemented in our lives in order to bring about increased happiness. Well-being vs. Well-off addresses the divide between economic gain and emotional gain. Next, Discovering Flow explains that happiness can be increased through mindful challenge rather than mindless achievement. Lastly,... Continue Reading →

Fostering Hope Presentation

Slide 1 Notes As I read the opening section to this chapter I had to admit that I sympathize most with Martin Luther when he said, “Everything that is done in the world is done by hope” (Bolt, 2004, 159). Hope is that mechanism which can bring about the future in our minds before it... Continue Reading →

Positive Psychology Themes

Post a 200- to 300-word description of the central themes and strategies of positive psychology as you understand them from your reading. I was pleasantly surprised when I started to read the introduction to our textbook. I was starting to think that psychology was all about diagnosis and treatment rather than prevention. After all the... Continue Reading →

Intelligence vs. Wisdom

Examples of the difference between intelligence and wisdom are generally easy to find in the news. Find an example of an intelligent person who acted unwisely and had to pay the consequences such as fines or jail time. You can choose a business person, celebrity, government official, or anyone who has acted unwisely and otherwise... Continue Reading →

Humility Action Plan

One of the most important discussions in this chapter is practicing self-forgetfulness. Many cultures place a high value on achievement, appearance, and a strong self. In such a culture, it is important to cultivate humility. Create an action plan. This action plan must detail how you can use the 12 factors in the book to... Continue Reading →

Fostering Commitment to Overcome Adversity

Commitment does not come easy; it takes hard work and a desire to overcome adversity. Whether that commitment is to a person, a goal, or an activity, it has to be nurtured and re-examined periodically. Psychological research suggests specific steps to nurture commitment. Describe how the suggestions for fostering commitment listed in your text can... Continue Reading →

Empathy Exercise

Animosity often exists because people are unwilling or unable to see the world or a single experience from the perspective of another person. Often people make snap judgments based on the first thing they see or hear about a person. Post a 200- to 300-word response to the following: If you found out you were... Continue Reading →

The Effect of Positive Psychology Course

Post your response to the following: In what ways has the information in this course changed your life? Your personal belief system? Your understanding of your fellow human beings? How have you implemented the concepts from this course in your life? You know, what I am taking away from this course is a better understanding... Continue Reading →

The Relationship Between Self-esteem and Behavior

Post your response to the following: Research has demonstrated that people with high self-esteem are generally happier, less depressed, and more likely to enjoy social activity; however, is having high self-esteem always a good thing? The one statement that struck me in the text was that most social and personal problems are not caused by... Continue Reading →

Cultural Influences of Self-Concept

Post your response to the following: A person’s self-concept plays a large role in how he or she views the world; it helps a person process social information, judge feedback, and influences what he or she notices in others. Culture teaches people what values are important and can determine if they view themselves as independent,... Continue Reading →

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