Personal Reflection In Psychology

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Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes (Rathus, 2010, p.4). It is because of psychology that we can figure out why we do the things we do or respond the way we do to things or think a certain way. These are all types of things that are studied in psychology. Psychology is often used to figure out not only yourself but also others and gives you the opportunity to better understand both sides of it. There are many different theories or statements that attempt to explain why things at the way they are and why they happen the way the do (Rathus, 2010, p.7). Some important concepts that we talked about this semester that really relate to my life are motivation and emotions and adolescence.
It is said that our drives
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This idea can be seen at the forefront of our lives as we all have something that we have a drive to achieve or succeed in. As according to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs we are all searching for a sense of self-actualization or the need to become what one believes he or she is capable of being (Rathus, 2010, p.366-367). This has always been something that’s been important and I always strive to be the best version of myself, I feel like I’m letting myself down if I don’t. I believe that I have a high achievement motivation as I am usually driven to get ahead, to tackle challenging situations, and to meet high personal standards of success (Rathus, 2010, p.375). I usually set very high expectations for myself in the things that I do, this can be a good thing as I set out to reach this challenge but it can also add more pressure to myself. The more I have invested in or enjoy the challenge the more drive I have to rise to the occasion and achieve what I want to achieve. I have always pushed myself to reach the goals I have set for myself. There have been many goals I have set for myself over the years. I have continued to remain and A-B student in school and we have performed very well over the last few years of odyssey. I have also finally achieved my goal of …show more content…
Such as that we all excel in school and care about our grades. We are all also very musically inclined and value that in our lives. Over the years we have become like a second family to each other and we are all there for each other whenever needed. Although we still have fights and arguments these never last long and we always move past them. Odyssey is another place where affiliation is present. Affiliation is the desire to join with others and be a part of something larger then ones self (Rathus, 2010, p.378). By participating in Odyssey of the Mind we are able to channel all or our talents and interests into something larger. Each of us bringing something new and helpful to the process of coming up with our “solution”. This is one of my favorite things about odyssey is the chance to bring so many different ideas together to create an amazing performance. Emotion refers to our state of feeling, the primary emotions being anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness, and surprise. When it comes to emotion I follow the Cannon-Bard theory of emotion is triggered by external stimuli. Something happens and

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