What academic struggles will be happened on immigrant students? What kind of thoughts will be brought up to them? In The Happiness Hypothesis, Johnathan Haidt talks about negatively bias in “Changing Your Mind”. This chapter is the best to describe the situation of the immigrant students. According to Kim and Diaz in "Immigrant Students And
Community Colleges”, they state that “immigrant students who attend community colleges tend to have lower socioeconomic status and limited English knowledge compared to those who enter four-year institutions.” (93) Many immigrant students have to do part time and face demanding work at school. The most important is they only have limited knowledge in
English. My friend, as an immigrant student,
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The “Negatively Bias” in chapter two increases immigrant students’ awareness of their negative cognitive problems in school. In some cases, immigrant students are feeling hopeless because the language used in class is not their first language. They are easier to think their English level must not meet the standard. Haidt mentions that “nothing is miserable unless you think so.” (25) Immigrant students have already tended to put their academic progress as a dead end. Haidt brought up an idea of the way they think, the outcome it will be. Thinking in a negative way, Haidt would define it as negative bias. Usually this is the situation which is not aware by immigrant students. The language becomes their blocks on academic field. For example, after getting a C in English examination, the immigrant students would think that they will never get a better grade in the entire semester because they were losing hope for having improvement in the next examination.
It shows that losing hope is already a negative mind and never getting a better grade is the outcome of a judgment based on their negative minds. According to University of Southern
Mississippi document “Cognitive Biases”, it states that “belief bias is the process of confusing the argument with the believability of its conclusion.” (1) It means that what a person