I have very much enjoyed being in a Psychology class, this semester and I have learned a lot about, not only how the human mind works, but about my own mind and personality. In the beginning of the semester, I wrote an Introductory post about the three classes I was most interested in learning about. I would say that those predictions were mostly true. I definitely learned a lot when we talked about stereotypes & discrimination and how it still affects certain minority groups today. I also enjoyed learning about personalities and personality disorders. During that week, we got to take a few online personality tests, which were very interesting to see the results of. It was also interesting to discuss the many personality disorders in the world. I have known friends and family who have suffered from many of them, so it was very informative for me.
At the end of my Introductory post, I proposed a question that I had hoped I would be able to answer by the time I finished this class. I had asked in what way could I apply what I’ve learned to my everyday life and possibly my future career? As I mentioned earlier, learning about the personality disorders was very interesting and definitely gave me new perspectives on the many different disorders that exist. Also, the week in which we discussed ways in order to help us get a better quality of sleep was very informative and useful, for me. I often struggle with the amount of sleep I get and when I get it. It is sometimes hard for me to stay on a good, consistent sleep schedule and learning about tips to help us sleep and how much we should sleep helped me a lot. Throughout the semester, I have become more and more informed about the psychological issues and challenges people go through everyday. It has made me appreciate psychology and psychologists even more than I had before. I will definitely use the knowledge I have gained from this class in my everyday life. Overall, it has been a challenging, yet very interesting semester in this class!
I look back over my first blog post about psychology and saw how time flew by since the beginning of February to May 2017. The class and I, all covered most of the psychology topics and the topics which were most interesting to me were the Sleep, Drugs ,Alcohol and the Brain and Classifying Mental Illness. At the beginning of the year I said the same exact topics and they resulted being interesting to me. My least favorite topics were scientific method, brain structures , and neurons. Those topics also resulted to be hard for me in class and exams. Before the course started, I thought scientific method, research method, and experimental design were not interesting. My question about this course was, what kind of psychology skills can I develop and put to use? The skills I developed from this class is, how to study for tests, how sleep affects the body, the effects on drugs, how to do research, and the mental illnesses caused by genetic or formed by a certain disorders. Since this was my first psychology course I was amazed of how much information I have learned throughout this course and will use it to my advantage and future use to help others and myself.
Sadly the semester is coming to a close, though this is a super sad thing there have been so many amazing concepts I have been able to learn thanks to Dr. MacFarlane! Now, going back to my introductory post talking about subjects that I was excited about and a question that I would like to get answered, I am happy to say that not only was I able to answer my question but my knowledge in the topics that I was excited about grew and the topics that I was least excited to learn about I was able to see them in a different light which made them exciting to learn.
My question was “How do I personally cope with stress better?.” I noticed that most of the time when there was a problem I would cope using emotion focused coping which is where one focused on the feelings resulting from the stressor. Even though this is under the umbrella of constructive strategies, for me, I wouldn’t be able to do anything constructive when I was just stress thinking. So, I switched over to problem focused coping which is dealing with the stressor directly rather than focusing on the emotion from the stressor. This has increased my productivity immensely, it is difficult to take that initial step to start dealing with the stressor and not think about the emotion but once the step is taken I’m good to go!
The topics that I was interested in learning were emotion, coping with stress and conformity. I do agree that after taking this course I am still interested in all three of these topics, and while learning the material I was engaged and interested. As for the topics that I thought I wasn’t interested in because I had been studying them so much for MCAT, the topics were neurons and the brain structure. I actually ended up learning things in a new way and was able to see the same topic in a different light which was nice since seeing the subject the same way over and over again just starts to look like mush and nothing is really gained out of it. Overall, I am happy that after taking this class I was able to learn so much material and gain a good understanding of general psychology. I hope in the future I have more opportunities to learn about psychology!