Social Influences on Behavior

Social cognition is the process through which we categorize and understand the world around us and the social interactions that link us to that world. There exists within the psychological understanding of social cognition three models for understanding social interaction: networks of association, schemas, and concepts (Kowalski & Westen, 2005). The manner that human behavior... Continue Reading →

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How Are Anxiety Disorders Viewed by Various Perspectives

Post your response to the following: Surveys suggest that up to 4% of the U.S. population suffers from generalized anxiety disorder. How are anxiety disorders viewed by various psychological perspectives such as psychodynamic, biological, cognitive, and humanistic? With which perspective do you most agree? With which do you least agree? Explain your answers. The psychodynamic... Continue Reading →

Sexuality at Different Life Stages

Sex is the one biological process that is completely necessary for the perpetuation of humankind. We, as a race, can eat well, sleep well, drink well, and even love well, but without the capacity to reproduce we cannot continue beyond a single generation. Yet the reproductive component of sex sometimes takes a backseat to more... Continue Reading →

Theoretical Perspective on Paraphilias

Post your response to the following: Summarize the theoretical perspective on paraphilias assigned by your instructor. How would this theoretical perspective approach possible treatment of paraphilias? It appears that the psychoanalytic perspective of paraphilias centers around the castration anxiety associated with the Oedipus complex. During the phallic phase of Freud’s theory of psychosexual development, roughly... Continue Reading →

Emotions Before and After an Abortion

Post your response to the following: Imagine you are talking to a friend who is having a hard time considering the abortion of an unwanted pregnancy. What are the various emotions your friend may experience before and after an abortion? If she is in the statistical majority she finds abortion for the sake of the... Continue Reading →

Sleep Deprivation, Disorder, and Drugs

It has been my experience that sleep is the luxury of the strong-minded and the vice of the weak-minded. Sleep, in my life, has served as both a safe haven and torture chamber. I think Dale Carnegie (n.d.), the author of How to Win Friends and Influence People, said it best, “If you can’t sleep,... Continue Reading →

Personality Clusters Exercise

Select three of the five clusters. In 200 to 300 words, explain where you think you fall within the spectrum of each. Of the five clusters, where do you think your personality fits overall? As I read the description of the Big Five Traits (McAdams, 2006) I was struck how I have attempted to moderate... 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 →

Reaction to Stressors Exercise

The following table describes five situations in which a person reacts to stress in an unhealthy manner. For each: identify the stressor(s).briefly explain why the person's reaction is an unhealthy choice.briefly describe one healthy alternative way of reacting and why you consider this approach a healthy choice.identify two possible moderators of stress for this situation.... Continue Reading →

Effects of Stress

You are currently an associate at an advertising agency where you have worked for two years. You are pursuing a promotion to the position of advertising executive. While you have expected to put in extra hours and some added responsibility as part of earning the promotion, your boss has increased your workload significantly, including some... Continue Reading →

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