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Psy journal 1


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Psy journal 1

  1. 1. Name : Chia Sue Yi Student ID : 0315334 Course : Foundation in Natural and Built Environment Assignment : Social Psychology - Journal 1 Date of submission : 20/11/13
  2. 2. Entries 1 I have heard the word 'Psychology' since I was a child, in my mind; I thought it was just a small little unknown subject. But it is not, actually psychology is a very popular subject, but a lot of people, including me are not aware of the many elements of this broad and fascinating subject. In my opinion, this course provides comprehension overview of scientific study of though and behavior. It actually help me to explore topics such as perception, communication, learning, memory, decision making, religion , persuasion, love, lust, art, fiction and dream. Within the field of psychology, I'm glad by getting a great introduction to psychology courses at Taylor's University. According to every week lesson, I find out psychology is the scientific study of human mind and behavior. For more detail, we actually study how we think, feel, act and interact individually and in groups. For example, on the first day of psychology class, we were made to sit in a circle and started to introduce ourselves in front of our classmates and lecturer. It actually was my first time to study human behavior by observing, measuring and understanding every people social identity. I think it may concern with all aspects of behavior and with the thought, feeling and motivations underlying that behavior. We all were so excited and interested during that class. However, I felt it actually is a beginning to learn psychology, which is the concept of Interpersonal relations and Group process with people communication, emotion and relationship development, and organizational process. On the other hand, I applied and practicing psychologists use the knowledge gained from this research in a wide range of settings. Applied psychologists help me with all sorts of problems, working with them to bring about change for the better. For example, it's help me to thrive all my academic discipline especially in group decision making and task performance, intergroup relations, and aggression, pro-social behaviour and other types of social behaviour. This understanding can help me to solve major problems within society. In my view, this is the best way to get success in every academic and a vital professional practice.
  3. 3. Entries 2 “Who am I?", "How you think about yourself?” Those are the question that I had obtained from the social psychology classes and it actually deep in my memory. I think these are the broad questions that relate to personality and social psychologists. When psychologists talk about aspects of personality, most agree that personality consists of the consistent, enduring, and unique characteristics of a person. From these personality theories, I believe these theories provide a way of organizing the many characteristic to understand myself with other people. I realise every student in our class may be outgoing or shy, quick tempered or calm, witty or dull, bossy or meek, fun loving or gloomy, industrious or lazy. I actually learnt a lot from all this words are actually describing general ways of behaving that characteristic an individual. “I am...”, I actually found it interesting to consider how much I have explored by understanding different people’s opinions within my classes. Some of my classmate were described themselves in different ways and different personal traits. For example, ' I am lion', 'I am idiot', 'I am creative', 'I am a student' or ' I am psycho". All these examples basically represent the elements of our self-concept by exploring forces within the person as well as forces within the situation personality. I understand the specific belief by define myself and self schemes , The social psychologists seek to unravel the mysteries of individual and social life in areas as wide-ranging as prejudice, romantic attraction, persuasion, friendship, helping, aggression, conformity, and group interaction. However, I find out the personality theory may also explain about our Self servingBias. It actually often occurs when people attribute their successes to internal or personal factors, but attribute their failures to external or situational factors beyond their control. I recognised, it actually happen to me, but not often. For example, when I get a good grade on an exam, I might say, "I got an A because I am intelligent and I studied hard!" In contrast, when I does poorly on an exam, I might say, "The teacher gave me an F because he does not like me!” I believe in term of “self-serving bias" is most often used to describe a pattern of biased causal inference, in which honour or blame depend on whether success or failure was achieved.
  4. 4. Entries 3 This is the latest chapter that I learnt within my social psychology class and I believe every people have this basic component, including me, which is 'Attitude'. An attitude is "a relatively enduring organization of beliefs, feelings, and behavioural tendencies towards socially significant objects, groups, events or symbols" (Hogg & Vaughan 2005, p. 150). I think this title might link with behaviour as attitude is also measurable and changeable as well as influencing the person's emotion and behavior. I had clarify attitudes are positive and negative evaluation of object, through social issues, groups, institutions, consumer products, people and etc. The factors in changing attitudes are source, message and receiver. I have learnt 3 different components in attitudes structure. Which is Affective, Behavioural and Cognitive component? First, I find out the affective component is involves a person's feeling or emotion about attitude object. For example: “I am scared of cockroach". These quotes actually present my self-expression of attitudes and help me to be aware through expression of my feeling. Second, I had also find out the behavioral component is a attitude that may influence our act and behave. For example: “I will avoid cockroach and scream if I see one". According to the situation, it actually is an ego-defensive function refers to holding attitudes that protect my self-esteem or that justify actions that make me feel guilty. The last component that I had learnt is cognitive component which present my belief or knowledge about an attitude object. For example: " I believe cockroach is the most disgusting insect in the world". Base in that statement, I realise my attitudes providing the knowledge for my life as knowledge allow me to predict what is likely happen, and so gives me a sense of control. In the nutshell, I understand the important lesson of attitudes in psychology. Basically it is a function refers to own inner need (expression and defence) and the outside world( adaptive and knowledge) that help me to predict my self-behavior.
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