When I chose to tale a psychology class, I had no idea of the journey I was about to embark. Or the things I would learn about myself and others. If you asked me what psychology means to me, I would respond with the study of the mind, its processes, and behaviors. But that answer is only the tip of the iceberg and psychology is so much more. Yes, it has to do with the mind and the brain, but there are more disciplines that make up psychology. These disciplines are explained more in detail through theories. Developmental theories introduce principles that affect individual’s development (Gerrig & Zimbardo, 2010). Psychoanalytical theories study age-related changes that ...view middle of the document...
Psychologist who study and specialize in psychological disorders focus on diagnosing, classifying, and treating disorders.
In this brief summary, I will explain how taking this psychology course opened my mind to broaden my thinking of others behaviors, my own behaviors and makes me a better person to get along with, I am able to understand and apply different theories of psychology to justify reasoning behind my experiences. I can go forever trying to explain each separate discipline in psychology, so I will just summarize what I learned about psychology, and my own behaviors compared to before I took this course.
To begin, I am going to touch on a topic that almost always stand out when psychology is mentioned. The mind and its affect on behaviors. When a person is different, in my point of view, I tend to avoid them. When I say different I don’t mean specifically not liking what I like, or dressing how I dress. Those are contributing factors but different as in their behaviors or mind frame. For example, someone with obsessive-compulsive disorder strives for control, orderliness, cleanliness, and perfection. I would avoid this person thinking they have a serious problem. Why does everything have to make up so perfect, lets just get the job done. I wouldn’t want to work with them. I have worked with someone with this disorder and I felt they were never happy with any results. It took ages for them to make decisions, or complete tasks. When things didn’t go their way, they either became angry or felt out of sorts, disoriented. This interferes with personal and professional relationships. Now, I just see that there is nothing seriously wrong and I have a better understanding of their behavior which I can adjust my own behavior. I will have more patience and adjust when interacting with them.
Another example is at work my supervisor is labeled as Bipolar. I thought this means they often switch from being an agreeable person to a hard to work with person in a matter of minutes or seconds. That is not true. This class explained that bipolar disorder is a type of depression that causes individuals to have unusual shifts in moods (Gerrig & Zimbardo, 2010). They experience high points with lots of energy and low points where they don’t feel like doing anything. This opened my eyes because depression can lead to suicide and what worst feeling to know that this person may be at risk for suicidal feelings. Trying to avoid those who seem abnormal or different may be the wrong approach. Just showing some type of care or friendship can be the difference between life and death.
Being open to recognize and respect other’s differences in behaviors will not be a challenge after taking this course. This quality will not come right away but with time, practice and patience. I hold stereotypes based on first impressions. When I meet a person, and all they do is complain or criticize procedures or other people my initial thought is they are...