Reflection In The Academic Study Of Human Relations

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Reflection Paper #1 Throughout this semester I have learned a great deal about human relations, which I did not know previous to taking this class. Thus far, I think that I have learned briefly some of the major concepts involved in the academic study of human relations. Throughout this class I have engaged in critical thinking and introspection and I have been able to apply human relation principles to my personal and professional life. This Introduction to Human Relations class has been very beneficial in opening my eyes to the many different perspectives of life. It has allowed me to think outside of my usual perspective. By doing this, I have been able to see the improvements of how I view others that are not like me, as well as, …show more content…
This, not only showed me a visual, but also helped me understand real life examples of how these can be used. By doing this role play activity, I have been able to notice several of the defense mechanisms such as rationalization, displacement, regression and sublimation. Although there are a few more defense mechanisms that I have not listed, I am sure that I have noticed them in my day-to-day life, as well. As a student, it is easy to see defense mechanisms such as rationalization, which means to create a rational explanation of justification for our behavior; as well as, displacement, which is defined as redirecting a negative feeling toward a "safe" target (Hamilton, 2007). During my critical thinking process over these defensive mechanisms, I pondered across how these defensive mechanisms could be seen in my professional career so I took the liberty of searching for some examples via the internet. While looking on the internet, I came across one example of displacement that could apply to the professional world. The example is as follows: "The boss gets angry and shouts at me. I go home and shout at my wife. She then shouts at our son. With nobody left to displace anger onto, he goes and kicks the dog." (ChangingMinds) Although this may not be the best example of displacement, it is one that caught my eye because I feel as though …show more content…
It is quite extraordinary that our personalities are made up of only three components. These components are: the Id, the ego, and the superego. In the text, the Id component is defined as the "part of personality concerned with satisfying our basic instincts and urges." The ego is described as the "part of the personality concerned with meeting the needs of the Id in a way that is realistic and fits with the laws or rules of society." And last, but not least, the superego is the "part of personality concerned with making sure the Id and ego function in a way that is consistent with the person 's own moral code." (Hamilton, 2007) It is mind-boggling that as little as three components can play such a prominent part in how one 's personality is. Sigmund Freud is the founder of ego defenses. Freud once said, " 'Life is not easy! ' The ego--the 'I '--sits at the center of some pretty powerful forces: reality; society, as represented by the superego; biology, as represented by the Id" (McLeod, 2008). However, there are other theories in which suggest that our personalities are created by different

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