WEEK 8


Fri., 5/27: Get 5 Love Languages Handout; Get Mars/Venus Relationship Theory notes

Thurs., 5/26: Read 36 Questions article and watch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8Yo-PXN7UA

Weds., 5/25.Read ppt below (Fri.) through stages of love.

Tues., 5/24: Sr.'s last day; nothing to make up.

Mon., 5/23: Read ppt below, about males and females find differently attractive, and the theory why.

WEEK 7


Fri., 5/20: Begin unit on psychology of "love." Read POWERPOINT up through general attraction.

Thurs., 5/19: Nothing to make up.

Weds., 5/18: JOURNAL: Bad Seed Day 3: Write an overall review. Include what you think is the main point of the movie, and how well the producer/actors did at getting it across. Give it a grade or stars? Etc.


Tues., 5/17:
JOURNAL: Bad Seed Day 2: Okay, Christine (Rhoda's mom) was adopted, and her birth mother was “Bessie Danker,” a sociopathic murderer. Yikes!!
• Might Rhoda indeed be “bad seed,” and have inherited from her grandma Bessie an inability to feel for others?
• But why would her mom (Christine) be seemingly ok?
• Also, what would be the best thing for Rhoda’s mom to do now?

ABSENT? Journal about odd or interesting behavior you've seen recently and what was behind it.


Mon., 5/16: Bad Seed Day I: JOURNAL Describe things that are odd about Rhoda so far. IF she has a mental disorder you’ve learned about, which would you say that it is? Etc., make predictions. . . .

ABSENT? Journal about odd or interesting behavior you've seen recently and what was behind it.


WEEK 6


Fri., 5/13: JOURNAL: Think big about mental illness. Pick from the following, or chart your own course.
• Does mental illness tell you anything about human nature, or what being a human is?
• What do you think about the definition of mental illness. Does that concept make people who are merely "different" or have an alternate way of being, into people considered "wrong" or broken?
• Why'd ya pick the disorder you chose for your project?
• ETC.!

TEST


Thurs., 5/12: Read DISORDERS PPT IV: Schizophrenia POWERPOINT
JOURNAL:
Write an imaginary letter to . . .
or merely AS . . .
• Courtney (boy with sparkles and depression)
• Isaac (boy on meds, doing well, working at cafe)
• Sabrina (girl with bad voices);

OR, just about schizophrenia in general.

Weds., 5/11: JOURNAL: Write about a time or times you felt "disconnected inside," or "not fully integrated," or not fully "put together." What prompted it, how you responded, what resolved it, etc.
Iff you can't do the above, write about odd or interesting human behavior you've seen recently and what was behind it.
Also, read DISORDERS POWERPOINT III: Dissociative Disorders.

Tues., 5/10:
JOURNAL:
Read sociopaths (anti-social personality disorder) article.
Write what thoughts come to mind, or questions you have, after reading the article. How does it feel to know these people are among us? Know anyone like this? If you want, you can try to think of questions I should ask next semester. Thanks.

Mon., 5/9: Get personality disorders handout and keep. Write a matching exercise where you think up examples of people with each of the nine disorders. Make a word bank. Turn in for points.

Week 5


Fri., 5/6: Get DSM sample pages; do activity sheet.
Get PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS!!

Thurs., 5/5
Read DISORDERS POWERPOINTII on mood disorders.
JOURNAL OPTION ONE:
What is “mood”? How is it different from “an emotion”? What sorts of things put you in a good mood? Bad mood?

JOURNAL OPTION TWO:
Do "Three Good Things" again. For each:
1. Title
2. What happened, in detail
3. How it made you feel then and later
4. What caused the event

Weds., 5/4: Finish reading POWERPOINT 1
below. Get and do practice sheet on disorders and anxiety disorders.
ALSO, here's an interesting article on mental illnesses that are contagious or an autoimmune response to germs :( https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201511/catching-madness

Tues., 5/3 JOURNAL (If absent you'll have to just write about anxiety disorders generally.): Write a diary entry as if you are one of the people you saw:
Jean (agoraphobic); Laura (germ-obsessed, hypochondriac mom); Louise (OCD); man who hoards; woman with fear of flying; Fred (comic-obsessed teen).
• It can be a typical day; or one where you’re improving.

Mon., 5/2:
Disorders POWERPOINT 1

Week Four


Fri., 4/29:
JOURNAL: Think of bodily illness (sickness).
• Define, explain, and/or give examples of “illness" or :sickness.” (I.e., what characteristics/features make something an "illness"?)
• How do you suppose mental illnesses are similar to, or different from, bodily illness?
• Write any questions you have about mental illness (and remember to ask them in the next coupla weeks).

LINK to today's video to show the class.

Thurs., 4/28: TEST
JOURNAL: Write about at least one "good thing" using the format below.
"Three Good Things" © Univ. of Cal., Berkeley
Each day for at least one week, write down three things that went well for you that day, and provide an explanation for why they went well. It is important to create a physical record of your items by writing them down; it is not enough simply to do this exercise in your head. The items can be relatively small in importance (e.g., “my co-worker made the coffee today”) or relatively large (e.g., “I earned a big promotion”). To make this exercise part of your daily routine, some find that writing before bed is helpful.
As you write, follow these instructions:

  1. Give the event a title (e.g., “co-worker complimented my work on a project”)
  2. Write down exactly what happened in as much detail as possible, including what you did or said and, if others were involved, what they did or said.
  3. Include how this event made you feel at the time and how this event made you feel later (including now, as you remember it).
  4. Explain what you think caused this event—why it came to pass.
  5. Use whatever writing style you please, and do not worry about perfect grammar and spelling. Use as much detail as you'd like.
  6. If you find yourself focusing on negative feelings, refocus your mind on the good event and the positive feelings that came with it. This can take effort but gets easier with practice and can make a real difference in how you feel.

Weds., 4/27: nothing to make up

Tues., 4/26: Get happiness handout

Mon., 4/25: JOURNAL
Write "Week Four"
Go to
http://www.psychologytoday.com/
or
http://www.psypost.org
or
http://www.spring.org.uk/

Find some article/feature having to do with emotions/stress/happiness that interests you and read about it. In your journal write a one-sentence summary. Write three details. Then write what is interesting, and how the knowledge could be put to use, or how it could affect the future. Have fun.

ALSO, get study guide for Thurs.'s test.

Week Three


Fri., 4/22: Get and do practice sheet on stress & reduction.

Thurs., 4/21:
Get the sheet on stress reduction.

JOURNAL: Write which stress reduction techniques you could actually see yourself using. Which ones would you really not do? Any you do already? Etc. . .

Weds., 4/20:
Journal: What causes you to feel stressed, typically? When you feel stressed, what do your mind and body typically do?

Read emotion POWERPOINT #3 on stress.


Tues., 4/19:
Read Emotion POWERPOINT #2 on emotion and culture and gender.

Do practice sheet and show me.

Mon., 4/18: did an activity, no homework to make up

Week Two


Fri., 4/15:
Finish powerpoint from yesterday.
JOURNAL: You get to wave your magic wand and have humans not have emotions: no joy; but then, no sorrow, either! Would you wave that wand or not? Explain . . .

Thurs., 4/14:
JOURNAL
A robot asks you what “emotion” is. Try explaining the concept to it.
If you use the word “feeling,” make sure to explain THAT, since it doesn’t know what that means either. (Try thinking about what our bodies do when we emote - that can help you explain it.)

ALSO,
Read EMOTION POWERPOINT #!


Weds., 4/13: TEST on personality.
Do the journal posted under Tues., 4/12.

Tues., 4/12:
Read
PERSONALITY POWERPOINT 6 about "Humanism."

Get practice sheet and do it, regarding Jung and Humanism.

DO NOT DO THIS YET (I am just storing it here.)!!
JOURNAL: Which view do you appreciate more: Psychodynamic theory, which emphasizes unconscious guilt and how knotted-up we are because of unexpressed desires;
or Humanistic theory, emphasizing potential and positivity?
• Explain why you think one is "better" at getting at "us" and our personality.
The one you prefer -- could it still be missing things the other view focuses on? Or is it pretty complete? Etc.

Mon., 4/11: Read
Read Personality Powerpoint 5 on Carl Jung.
Get a mandala, Jung's symbol for wholeness and totality. Color it. Sign the back. Tape it up somewhere in my room neatly with tape loops on the back.

WEEK ONE


Fri., 4/8:
JOURNAL: Freud: pure, stinkin’ genius or whackadoodle nut job? Or in between? Or both? Hmmm. . . . Why? Explain. . .

Also read personality powerpoint 3 linked below through defense mechanisms.
Get and do practice sheet on them.

Thurs., 4/7:
Read Personality Powerpoint 3 (see below) up to "Defense Mechanisms."
Get and do Freud worksheet.

Weds., SNOW DAY

Tues., 4/5.
JOURNAL: Do you buy the general idea that there is an "unconscious" mind: thoughts/feelings going on inside our minds we're not aware of? (As in, "What's the real reason I did that?")
Why or why not? Explain. Examples?

Also: Read
Personality Powerpoint 4 on Freud, through Id-Ego-Superego

Mon., 3/24: Get and do rvw. sheet about traits and bio perspective on personality.
Also read PERSONALITY POWERPOINT 3 about how we "learn our personalities."

JOURNAL: How could you have "learned" some of your personality (your typical ways of behaving/thinking/feeling)?
Hints:
• Think about how/who you might have imitated
• Or how you might have been rewarded or punished for acting/thinking/feeling certain ways.


WEEK EIGHT


Weds., 3/23: nada

Tues., 3/22: video about twins and twin studies and inheriting personality via DNA

Mon., 3/21
JOURNAL: What have you inherited in your DNA from parents and/or grandparents? Of course I’d like you to think about personality traits; but you may include physical traits as well, if you wish.
What do you think/feel about that “inheritance” you received? (Are there inherited traits you like or dislike?)

PERSONALITY POWERPOINT 2, on BIO and Personality (inheriting it in DNA)



WEEK SEVEN


Fri. 3/18: Take online personality inventory. JOURNAL according to instructions in blue box.
Project was due. Yours is late.

Thurs., 3/17:
JOURNAL: What are some adjectives your friends would probably use to describe you? How right are they? Are there any adjectives to describe the typical "you" that friends would never know about? Why or why not? (Feel free to write "personal" on this one.)

Also, Read PERSONALITY POWERPOINT 1

Weds., 3/16:
TEST on LEARNING

JOURNAL
Think big.
• What do you think about all this talk about manipulating people with rewards and punishment; and how we learn behaviors via imitation?
• What could this make you think about what it is to be human?
• How can/will you use this in your future roles as student, parent, employee, boss, citizen, etc.?
• Etc.

Tues., 3/15:
Thinksheet on operant conditioning in real life.
LEARNING POWERPOINT 4 on social/cognitive learning.

Mon., 3/14: WRITE "WEEK SEVEN"
JOURNAL:
Read "Schoolkids on a Payroll" article.
- What are advantages of their system?
–Possible disadvantages?
–Would you want your kid to go to such a school?
–Should we do it here? Etc.

Study guide for Weds.'s test.
• Also, practice sheet on conditioning.

Week Six


Fri., 3/11 LEARNING POWERPOINT 3 on Operant Cond in real life.

Thurs., 3/10:
JOURNAL: Think of someone (boy/girlfriend, teacher, parent, manager, etc.) with a specific behavior you would like to change.
• Describe the behavior; why it bothers you; and how you could maybe use reinforcers (rewards) or punishments to change the behavior.
• What would be hard or easy about it?

Also: Read LEARNING POWERPOINT 2, on OPERANT CONDITIONING


Weds., 3/9: Get ads project instructions. Read the Mon. powerpoint, the section re. calssical conditioning in the real world.

Tues., 3/8: Read the powerpint below, through the slide on terms.
Get and do practice sheet. Show me when done.

Mon., 3/7:
JOURNAL: Write about a time or times you permanently acquired a new behavior (e.g. make a Big Mac, park a car, serve a volleyball, shoot a bow, format a journal entry, whatever).
• What did others do to get you to acquire the new behavior(s)?
• Or what did you do on your own to learn the behavior?
• Be specific.

Read LEARNING POWERPOINT 1 on Learning and Classical Conditioning."

Week Five


Fri., 3/4: FRASIER EPISODE

Thurs., 3/3:
Read dream analyses and JOURNAL: What do you think of the concept of dream analysis in general: big load of crap, or helpful and accurate? (Or in between?) What do you think about the idea of a dream “dictionary”? Try analyzing one of your own dreams? Etc...

• Also, TEST on bio stuff.

Weds., 3/2: JOURNAL: Read an article about biopsych/neuroscience. Write good coherent thoughts about it. Try to think if there are any implications (possible effects) for the future.

Studying for Thurs. TEST on bio.

Tues., 3/1:
JOURNAL
You-n-sleep: get enough? Weird sleep quirks?
• Is it a big waste of time? Wonderful?
•Sleepers are vulnerable to attack. Why would nature or God(s) have us need to sleep every night?
• Etc.

ALSO, read through to the end of the ppt below, on sleep.
ALSO, get and do practice re. states of consciousness, and show me.

Mon., 2/29:
JOURNAL (Remember you can write "personal.") An extra day in 2016! What have you accomplished with this day so far? What will you do with it until it's over? Are you satisfied with what you have done or will do with it?
• Now look ahead to Dec. 31, 2016. What do you think you will have done with the year called 2016? What accomplishments or progress will you have made? What do you need to do to get to those goals/accomplishments?

ALSO: Read ppt below, through "sleep."

ALSO: Get study guide for Weds.'s TEST on bio stuff.

Week Four


Thurs., 2/25:
Read POWERPOINT on states of consciousness through hypnosis.
• View the video HERE.
JOURNAL: Would you like to be hypnotized? Why/why not? Your overall thoughts on hypnosis (and other states of consciousness).
What about meditation? Sound good/worthwhile? Or "nah"?
Etc.

Weds., 2/24:
JOURNAL: Write about a time or times you have felt really “LIT” or “hype.” What specific things do your body and mind do at such times? What for you is a stimulus (cause) for that reaction (feeling fired up)? How in-control are you of it all?

Fri., 10/2: Read POWERPOINT on nervous systems.
Get and do practice sheet on nervous systems.

Tues., 2/23
JOURNAL: Read "brain" poem: How well does Emily Dickinson do at making a point or getting across a feeling about the human brain? Does it make you think or feel anything? Do you agree/disagree with her? Go to town.
• If this doesn't give you enough words, add your own high-quality brain poem.

Get brain booklet.

Get neuron and brain parts worksheet and do it.

Mon., 2/22
JOURNAL: Right-brain IMAGINATION DAY: (Find videos online that show how neurons migrate in the brain in utero, to get to where they're supposed to be.)
Pretend you’re a “vision” neuron inside a fetus migrating to the rear of the growing brain (where you know you’re supposed to end up). Write a diary entry for that day. What do you, the neuron, think/notice/do?

Week Three


Fri., 2/19: nothing to make up

Thurs., 2/18: Get worksheet A and study; then label B as best you can without looking. Then look at A if you have to. Give B to me. Also read the powerpoint about neurons below, thru to the end.

Weds., 2/17:
JOURNAL: You - n - your ol' buddy, your BRAIN.
What does it seem better-than-average at? (Remember the brain handles coordination, interpersonal-relations, etc., NOT just school stuff.) What is it worse-than-average? How has it changed over time? Any areas you really wish it was better or worse at?


Read and think about POWERPOINT on neurons.


Tues., 2/16: TEST on "science" of psych.

Mon., 2/15:
JOURNAL about the Zimbardo experiment (video):
Pick one or all of the below . . .
• What do you think of the research design overall?
• Which is weirder: the “guards” being so mean, or the “prisoners” being so passive?
• Dr. Zimbardo says, “We learned a lot.” Does the experiment tell us anything about human behavior in general?
• Was it worth doing, if indeed people were temporarily traumatized?

IF you weren't here, you'll have to go online and read about it or find a video. It's hugely famous. Google Zimbardo Prison Experiment.

• ALSO get handout on ethics in research.

Week Two

Fri., 2/12: • Get paper notes (of yesterday's powerpoint) if you want them.
• Get STUDY GUIDE for Test #1 on the science of psychology coming on Tues.
• Get and do "experiment" worksheet for practice.

JOURNAL
Read one of the articles about a psych experiment and write about the following:
Summarize it in one or two sentences.
What do you think of
a) how the research was designed
b) the results obtained
c) how the knowledge gained (if any) might be used in real life?


Thurs., 2/11:
Read "Experiment" POWERPOINT.

Weds., 2/10: Get and do the practice sheet on correlations from the blue box.

JOURNAL: For "funsies": Analyze the book cover. What might the individual things represent? What overall “meaning” can you make of it? How might it all tie in with psych.? Go deep.

Tues., 2/9:
Read a case study! "Musical Hallucinations."
JOURNAL:
(Turn the page and write "Week Two.")
What do you make of Mrs. C’s hallucinations? If you experienced them, how do you think you would have handled them? What do you think of Dr. Sacks’ attempts to help? Does all this raise any unanswered questions?

Read the powerpoint below, the part about correlational studies.


Mon., 2/8: We got into POWERPOINT on DESCRIPTIVE METHODS, through "tests." Make sure you read and "get it." We took a psych test you're welcome to do when you return.

WEEK ONE


Fri., 2/5:
• Get journaling instruction sheet.
• Go here, and watch the intro psych video.
• Then JOURNAL. Pick and choose from the following:
What were interesting parts, dull parts, good, bad, etc.? What do you remember? Any thoughts/questions you have about psychology in general? Any wonderings about human behavior?

Thurs., 2/4:
• Get chart about what psychologists do. I cannot link it here.
• Then do practice sheet avail in blue box.
First JOURNAL evah:
If you were forced to be a psychologist, would you rather
A) be a researcher, or
B) be in practice (helping clients/patients get better)?
If A, what sort of things would you be interested in studying, and why?
If B, what sort of clients or problems would you like to help with?

Tues., 2/2:
Read the rules on the front wall. Make sure if you're ever absent to not fall behind by checking this site, MYLYNCHLAND.com. Also get paper work from the blue box.

• HOMEWORK: BRING A SINGLE-SUBJECT, SPIRAL-BOUND NOTEBOOK ON WEDS.

Read and do the following:
POWERPOINT on Psych and its different perspectives.
PRACTICE SHEET on psych persepectives.


Mon., 2/1: Hi. Nthing really to make up. HOMEWORK:
• BRING A SINGLE-SUBJECT, SPIRAL-BOUND NOTEBOOK ON WEDS.
Memorize this website's address (posted in the room).




(THIS WAS SEMESTER I . . . )

WEEK TEN


Fri., 1/22: Study/work on study guide or do other valid work.

Thurs., 1/21: GET EXAM STUDY GUIDE!

Weds., 1/20: Read article about scientifically making someone fall in love with you. Watch the authors TEDx talk from Chapman University on YouTube.
JOURNAL: Respond in writing to what you read and heard.

GET STUDY GUIDE FOR FRIDAY's TEST on PSYCHOLOGY of LOVE.

UPDATE: the 36 questions

Tues., 1/19: Get Mars/Venus handout backed with "Five Love Languages."

JOURNAL
Write about
A) the validity of the Mars/Venus ideas (Plausible? Have you seen these differences? Do they play out in your life? Nonsense?);
OR
B) the five love languages: Are they correct? Write about the lang.'s that "work" for you or don't. Or for your "someone." Etc.

Mon., 1/18: JOURNAL: Read and keep "Paathology [sickness] of Love." Combined with the kissing article and how we've been approaching "love" in this unit: Is this too cold a way to think of the ginormous thing we call "love"? Or is it super cool to think of it this way, in terms of biology and passing on genes? Or in between? Does a scientific approach miss anything or is it the right way to get at real truth?
Explain how it's got ya feeling/thinking and why.

WEEK NINE


Fri., 1/15: ice, ice baby

Thurs., 1/14: Read "kissing" article. Read the same powerpoint we've been on since last week, through to the end about the possible "stages" of love.

Weds., 1/13: JOURNAL: After talking with a brain-buddy about it:
From life experiences, or what you've read or viewed, what stages do you perceive there to be in love? How are there different feelings or behaviors at different points in a "loving" relationship? Can you come up with names for the different "seasons" of love?

Tues., 1/12: JOURNAL: What have you learned so far: about attraction in general; male v. female interests in attraction; from the Build-a-Mate exercise?

Mon., 1/11: nothing to make up though we did an activity about building your ideal long-term mate.

WEEK EIGHT


Fri., 1/8: JOURNAL:
Being "in love": What is it? What are symptoms of it (behaviors/feelings someone does or has)? What do you think about it? Yay, boo, or meh? Etc. (Feel free to write "personal" if you want.)

Also, Read the part of the BIOLOGY OF "LOVE" POWERPOINT through the "attraction" material.

Thurs., 1/7: nothing to make up, Rhoda.

Weds., 1/6:
JOURNAL: Bad Seed Day 3: Write an overall review. Include what you think is the main point of the movie, and how well the producer/actors did at getting it across. Give it a grade or stars? Etc.

Tues., 1/5:
JOURNAL: Bad Seed Day 2: Okay, Rhoda’s mom was adopted, and her birth mother was “Bessie Danker,” a sociopathic murderer. Yikes!!
• Might Rhoda indeed be “bad seed,” and have inherited from her grandma Bessie an inability to feel for others?
• But why would her mom (Christine) be seemingly ok?
• Also, what would be the best thing for Rhoda’s mom to do now?
• Etc.

Mon., 1/4:
JOURNAL: Bad Seed Day I: Describe things that are odd about Rhoda so far. IF she has a mental disorder you’ve learned about, which would you say that it is? Etc.

WEEK SEVEN

Tues., 12/22: nothing to make up

Mon., 12/21: NOT A JOURNAL
Go to
http://www.psychologytoday.com/
or
http://www.psypost.org
or
http://www.spring.org.uk/

Find something that interests you and read about it. On a piece of paper write a one-sentence summary. Write three details.
Await more instructions.

WEEK SIX


Fri., 12/18: TEST on disorders.

JOURNAL:
Write an imaginary letter to . . .
or merely write about . . .
• Courtney (boy with sparkles and depression)
• Isaac (boy on meds, doing well, working at cafe)
• Sabrina (girl with bad voices);
• or just about schizophrenia in general.

OR
Write about at least one "good thing" using the directions below.
  1. Give the event a title (e.g., “co-worker complimented my work on a project”)
  2. Write down exactly what happened in as much detail as possible, including what you did or said and, if others were involved, what they did or said.
  3. Include how this event made you feel at the time and how this event made you feel later (including now, as you remember it).
  4. Explain what you think caused this event—why it came to pass.
  5. Use whatever writing style you please, and do not worry about perfect grammar and spelling. Use as much detail as you'd like.
  6. If you find yourself focusing on negative feelings, refocus your mind on the good event and the positive feelings that came with it. This can take effort but gets easier with practice and can make a real difference in how you feel.



Thurs., 12/17
Disorders POWERPOINT #4 on Schizophrenia.

Weds., 12/16
Read Disorders POWERPOINT #3. on dissociative disorders
and Get STUDY GUIDE for Fri.'s test.

JOURNAL: (Unrelated to disorders)
Writer James Altucher believes life decisions are motivated by either fear or growth: We decide to do something based on avoiding loss or disappointing someone; or based on perceived possibilities for growth or improvement.
1. Does that seem accurate? Why or why not?
2. Think of a decision you've made (classes, college, job, relationships, purchases, etc.) and discuss whether it was fear-based or growth-based. How'd it turn out?
3. Do another if you need to.
4. Feel free to write "Private."

http://www.jamesaltucher.com/


Tues., 12/15:
JOURNAL:
Read sociopaths (anti-social personality disorder) article.
Write what thoughts come to mind, or questions you have, after reading the article. How does it feel to know these people are among us? Know anyone like this? If you want, you can try to think of questions I should ask next semester. Thanks.

Mon., 12/14: Get Disorders II Practice Sheet. Do, and show me.
Get PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS.

WEEK FIVE


Fri., 12/11: Get handout of nine personality disorders. Get it form me or the sub if it's not in the blue box. Create a matching quiz according to directions taped near the classroom door. Give to me ASAP.

Thurs., 12/10
Read Disorders POWERPOINT #2 on mood disorders.

JOURNAL: Get sample pages from DSM.
Write about the DSM, not the disorder (hypochondriasis).
1. Notice (in writing) some things about how a "disorder" is presented. Notice something you think is well done. Notice something you think could be better. Notice more if you want.
2. Write some questions about the DSM.
3. Write what you think about taking a mental illness and defining it with checklists and code numbers. Beneficial to the human race? Oversimplification? In between?

Weds., 12/9: Practice sheet on disorders and anxiety disorders.

Tues., 12/8:
JOURNAL: Write a diary entry as if you are one of the people you saw:
Jean (agoraphobic); Laura (germ-obsessed, hypochondriac mom); Louise (OCD); man who hoards; woman with fear of flying; Fred (comic-obsessed teen).
• It can be a typical day; or one where you’re improving.

• Or, you can write a letter to him or her.
(Either way, try to be sympathetic as you write, please.)

Mon., 12/7:
JOURNAL: Think of bodily illness (sickness).
• Define, explain, and/or give examples of “illness or sickness.” (I.e., what features make something an "illness"?)
• How do you think mental illnesses are similar to, or different from, bodily illness?

ALSO, Reade Disorders POWERPOINT 1: Disorders in General and Anxiety Disorders.

WEEK FOUR


Fri., 12/4: TEST on emo/stress/happiness!

Thurs., 12/3: Get ADDITIONAL PART of STUDY GUIDE.

WEDS., 12/2:
Get STUDY GUIDE for Friday's TEST on emo/stress/happiness
Get HAPPINESS notes.

JOURNAL: Write about at least one "good thing" using the directions below.
"Three Good Things" © Univ. of Cal., Berkeley
Each day for at least one week, write down three things that went well for you that day, and provide an explanation for why they went well. It is important to create a physical record of your items by writing them down; it is not enough simply to do this exercise in your head. The items can be relatively small in importance (e.g., “my co-worker made the coffee today”) or relatively large (e.g., “I earned a big promotion”). To make this exercise part of your daily routine, some find that writing before bed is helpful.
As you write, follow these instructions:

  1. Give the event a title (e.g., “co-worker complimented my work on a project”)
  2. Write down exactly what happened in as much detail as possible, including what you did or said and, if others were involved, what they did or said.
  3. Include how this event made you feel at the time and how this event made you feel later (including now, as you remember it).
  4. Explain what you think caused this event—why it came to pass.
  5. Use whatever writing style you please, and do not worry about perfect grammar and spelling. Use as much detail as you'd like.
  6. If you find yourself focusing on negative feelings, refocus your mind on the good event and the positive feelings that came with it. This can take effort but gets easier with practice and can make a real difference in how you feel.

Evidence that it works: Seligman, M. E., Steen, T. A., Park, N., & Peterson, C. (2005). Positive psychology progress: empirical validation of interventions. American Psychologist, 60(5), 410.


Tues., 12/1: Get stress reduction sheet.
JOURNAL: Write which stress reduction techniques you could actually see yourself using. Which ones would you really not do? Any you do already? Etc. . .

Mon., 11/30
Read emotion POWERPOINT #3 on stress.

JOURNAL:
Write about things that are stressors for you; try to tell which kind they are (from list below). Tell how your body/mind react when “stressing.”

1. Change in circumstances (even a good one)
2. Hassles: petty annoyances, irritations, frustrations
3. Pressure: demands to do more, speed up, or “improve” behavior
4. Frustration: prevented from reaching a goal or fulfilling a desire
5. Conflicts (external or internal)
  • Self-imposed (“I should” or “I ought”)

WEEK THREE


Tues., 11/24: nothing to make up for points

Mon., 11/23: Read Emotion POWERPOINT #2 on emotion and culture and gender. Answer discussion questions on piece of paper and show me.

WEEK TWO (2)


Fri., 11/20 JOURNAL: TWO OPTIONS

A) A robot asks you what “emotion” is. Try explaining the concept to it.
If you use the word “feeling,” make sure to explain THAT, since it doesn’t know what that means either. (Try thinking about what our bodies do when we emote - that can help you explain it.)

B) JOURNAL: You get to wave your magic wand and have humans not have emotions: no joy; but then, no sorrow, either! Would you wave that wand or not? Explain . . .

Also, read Emo and Culture POWERPOINT


Weds/Thurs., 11/18-11/19
JOURNAL: Compare (similarities) and contrast (differences) Freud’s personality theory (three "parts") with the more traditional two-"part" model presented in the Star Trek episode.
• Which personality theory (Freud or Trek) do you think is more accurate, and why?
• This ep is referred to as "good Kirk/bad Kirk" by the fans. Is "bad Kirk" bad? Explain.
• Etc.

Also: Read EMOTION POWERPOINT.


Tues., 11/17:
TEST
JOURNAL: Which view do you appreciate more: Psychodynamic theory, which emphasizes unconscious guilt and how knotted-up we are because of unexpressed desires;
or Humanistic theory, emphasizing potential and positivity?
Why? Does that say more about you than about which one is actually better/righter? Or not?

Mon., 11/16: Read Powerpoint 6 on
PERSONALITY POWERPOINT 6 about "Humanism."
Get and do practice sheet on Jung/Humanism. Do and show me.

WEEK ONE !

Fri., nothing to make up.

Thurs., 11/12: Read Personality Powerpoint 5 on Carl Jung.

Weds., 11/11:
JOURNAL: Look over the list of defense mechanisms you learned (handout yesterday, or on Personality PPT 4 (see Friday below) Write examples from real life when you have seen people use one or more of them. Which do you see yourself using sometimes? Which ones rarely or never?

• Also: Get study guide for Tuesday's Test.

Tues.., 11/10: Read Personality PPT 4 listed under Friday, below, and read the last slides, all about defense mechanisms.
Get practice sheet with list of defense mechanisms at the top. Do and show me.

Mon., 11/9: Read Freud Powerpoint (see last Friday, below) up to "Defense Mechanisms."

WEEK NINE


Fri., 11/6:
JOURNAL: Do you buy the general idea that there is an "unconscious" mind: stuff going on inside our minds we're not aware of? (As in, "What's the real reason she did that?") Why or why not? Explain. Examples?

Read Personality Powerpoint 4 on Freud, through Id-Ego-Superego

Thurs., 11/5, nothing to make up

Weds., 11/4: Get and do practice sheet on traits and bio and personality. Show me when done.
Read PERSONALITY POWERPOINT 3: on how we LEARN personality ("environment" or "nurture").
JOURNAL: How could you have "learned" some of your personality (your typical ways of behaving/thinking/feeling)?
• Think about how/who you might have imitated or how you might have been rewarded or punished for acting/thinking/feeling certain ways.


Tues., 11/3: JOURNAL: What do you think about the whole identical-twins-have-very-similar-personalities thing? Surprised or not? Is it cool? Creepy? What do you think/feel about the fact that about 50% of your personality is genetic? Is that ok? Would you like to find a long lost identical twin?

Mon., 11/2:
JOURNAL: What have you inherited in your DNA from parents and/or grandparents? Of course I’d like you to think about personality traits; but you may include physical traits as well, if you wish.
What do you think/feel about that “inheritance” you received? (Are there inherited traits you like or dislike?)

ALSO, read
PERSONALITY POWERPOINT 2, on BIO and Personality (inheriting it in DNA)

WEEK EIGHT


Fri., 10/30: Take online personality inventory. Journal according to instructions in blue box.

Thurs., 10/29:
JOURNAL: What are some adjectives your friends would probably use to describe you? How right are they? Are there any adjectives to describe the typical "you" that friends would never know about? Why or why not? (Feel free to write "personal" on this one.)

Also, read the
PERSONALITY POWERPOINT 1 about traits.

Weds., 10/28
JOURNAL
Think big.
• What do you think about all this talk about manipulating people with rewards and punishment; and how we learn behaviors via imitation?
• What could this make you think about what it is to be human?
• How can/will you use this in your future roles as student, parent, employee, boss, citizen, etc.?
• Etc.

Also, TEST on Learning.

Tues., 10/27:
Read "Schoolkids on a Payroll" article.
JOURNAL:
- What are advantages of their system?
–Possible disadvantages?
–Would you want your kid to go to such a school?
–Should we do it here? Etc.

Also, read
POWERPOINT on social/cognitive learning.


Mon., 10/26: PROJECT DUE!
Get STUDY GUIDE for Weds.'s Test.
ALSO: Read POWERPOINT on REAL LIFE OPERANT conditioning.

WEEK SEVEN


Fri., 10/23: Get and do practice sheet in blue box.

Thurs., 10/22:
JOURNAL: Think of someone (boy/girlfriend, teacher, parent, manager, etc.) with a specific behavior you would like to change.
• Describe the behavior; why it bothers you; and how you could maybe use reinforcers (rewards) or punishments to change the behavior.
• What would be hard or easy about it?

Weds., 10/21: Read the powerpoint from Tues through to the end.
• Draw an illustration of operant conditioning happening.

Tues., 10/20:
JOURNAL: Describe an occasion when you trained an animal or person to do a certain behavior under a certain condition. Or, when you have seen or heard of such a thing. Or, when YOU were trained to do a certain behavior under a certain condition.
• What reinforcers (rewards) or punishments were involved?
• Was it quick, or a long process?
• Did it work?
• Etc.

Also: Read POWERPOINT on OPERANT CONDITIONING

Mon., 10/19: We analyzed ads in class and spent time working on PROJECT due in a week.



WEEK SIX


Fri., 10/16: JOURNAL: Advertisements (TV, radio, internet, clothing brands, WHATEVER!) you love; and hate. Why? What advertising techniques do you think actually work in getting people to part with their money (i.e. buy stuff)?

Get ADS PROJECT instructions.

Thurs., 10/15: Re-read the Powerpoint below (Tues.).
Get and do the classical conditioning worksheet.

Weds., 10/14: nothing (PSAT Day)

Tues., 10/13: Take PRETEST on "Learning."
Read POWERPOINT on Learning and Classical Conditioning."

Mon., 10/12: TEST on bio stuff.

Read dream analyses and JOURNAL: What do you think of the concept of dream analysis in general: big load of crap, or helpful and accurate? (Or in between?) What do you think about the idea of a dream “dictionary”? Try analyzing one of your own dreams? Etc...

WEEK FIVE


Fri., 10/9: no school

Thurs., 10/8:
Study for TEST on Monday on all the BIO stuff, from neurons through dreams.

Weds., 10/7:
JOURNAL
You-n-sleep: get enough? Weird sleep quirks?
• Is it a big waste of time? Wonderful?
•Sleepers are vulnerable to attack. Why would nature or God(s) have us need to sleep every night?
• Etc.

Also: Read the powerpoint linked below (Tues.) all the way through the end.

Also: Get and do the practice sheet on states of consciousness.

Tues., 10/6: Read POWERPOINT on states of consciousness through hypnosis.
• View the video HERE.
JOURNAL: Would you like to be hypnotized? Why/why not? Your overall thoughts on hypnosis (and other states of consciousness) . . . .

Mon., 10/5: If you were gone today, and went to Josten's on Friday, do Friday's lesson.

JOURNAL: Please turn page and write "WEEK FIVE."
Pick 'new senses" or "Oprah neurons" article.
• New Senses article: What’s your overall reaction to the article? Would you like to have the direction sense? How about seeing with your tongue? Any of the others that are mentioned? Explain. What other things would you like to be able to sense that you can’t now?
• Oprah neurons article: What’s your overall reaction to the article? What does this make you think about your brain and/or mind? Are we only just a bunch of cells and chemicals, or are we also a bigger reality than that, too? Go to town. . . .

WEEK FOUR


Fri., 10/2: Read POWERPOINT on nervous systems.
Get and fill out practice chart.

Thurs., 10/1: JOURNAL: Write about a time or times you have felt really “pumped” or “fired up.” What specific things do your body and mind do at such times? What for you is a stimulus (cause) for that reaction (feeling fired up)? How in-control are you of it all?

Weds., 9/30:
JOURNAL: Read "brain" poem: How well does Emily Dickinson do at making a point or getting across a feeling about the human brain? Does it make you think or feel anything? Do you agree/disagree with her? Go to town.
• If this doesn't give you enough words, write your own brain poem, but make it good.

- Get brain packet from the blue box.
- Get the practice sheet on neurons and brain and do it. Show me when done or check it with a buddy who was here.

Tues., 9/29:
JOURNAL: Right-brain IMAGINATION DAY: Pretend you’re a “vision” neuron inside a fetus migrating to the rear of the growing brain (where you know you’re supposed to end up). Write a diary entry for that day. What do you, the neuron, think/notice/do?

Mon., 9/28:
Get neuron diagram A and study. Then label B without looking. Show me for points when done.

WEEK THREE


Fri., 9/25: We finished discussing the neurons/neurotransmitters powerpoint from Thurs.
• nothin' to make up

Thurs., 9/24:
JOURNAL: You - n - your ol' buddy, your BRAIN.
Choose from below:
• What does it seem better-than-average at? (Remember the brain handles coordination, interpersonal-relations, etc., NOT just school stuff.)
• What is it worse-than-average?
• How has it changed over time?
• Any areas you really wish it was better or worse at?

Also:
Read and think about POWERPOINT on neurons.

Weds., 9/23: TEST on "science."

JOURNAL
Get all psychological about Homecoming Week: describe, explain behavior. (dressing up, intergroup rivalries, people participating or not, people acting weird or not, emotions, thoughts, etc., etc.)

Tues., 9/22:
JOURNAL about the Zimbardo experiment (video):
Pick one or all of the below . . .
• What do you think of the research design overall?
• Which is weirder: the “guards” being so mean, or the “prisoners” being so passive?
• Dr. Zimbardo says, “We learned a lot.” Does the experiment tell us anything about human behavior in general?
• Was it worth doing, if indeed people were temporarily traumatized?

IF you weren't here, you'll have to go online and read about it or find a video. It's hugely famous. Google Zimbardo Prison Experiment.

• ALSO get handout on ethics in research.

Mon., 9/21: Re-read the experiment powerpoint (see below, Fri., 9/18)

Do experiment practice sheet. Show me so I can check over, or check it with a friend.

WEEK TWO


Fri., 9/18:
JOURNAL: Analyze the book cover. What might the individual things represent? What overall “meaning” can you make of it? How might it all tie in with psych.? Go deep.

• Get STUDY GUIDE for Test #1 on the science of psychology on Weds.

Read "Experiment" POWERPOINT.

Thurs., 9/17:
JOURNAL
Read one of the articles about a psych experiment and write about the following:
Summarize it in one or two sentences.
What do you think of
a) how the research was designed
b) the results obtained
c) how the knowledge gained (if any) might be used in real life?

Weds., 9/16:
Read in Monday's powerpoint about correlational studies.
Get and do worksheet on positive and negative correlations.


Tues., 9/15:
Read case study: "Musical Hallucinations."
JOURNAL:
Write "Week Two."
What do you make of Mrs. C’s hallucinations? How do you think you would have handled them? What do you think of Dr. Sacks’ attempts to help? Does all this raise any unanswered questions?

• Also, read on in the powerpoint linked below, about correlational studies.


Mon., 9/14: We got into POWERPOINT on DESCRIPTIVE METHODS, through "tests." Make sure you read and "get it." We took a psych test you're welcome to do when you return.




WEEK ONE

Fri., 9/11
• Go here, and watch the intro psych video.
• Then JOURNAL. Pick and choose from the following:
What were interesting parts, dull parts, good, bad, etc.? What do you remember? Any thoughts/questions you have about psychology in general? Any wonderings about human behavior?


Thurs., 9/10:
• Get chart about what psychologists do. I cannot link it here. • Then do practice sheet avail in blue box.
• Get the Journaling instructions sheet. Sign the bottom and give back to me.

JOURNAL:
If you were forced to be a psychologist, would you rather
A) be a researcher, or
B) be in practice (helping clients/patients get better)?
If A, what sort of things would you be interested in studying, and why?
If B, what sort of clients or problems would you like to help with?

Weds., 9/9: Memorize this website's address (posted in the room).
POWERPOINT on Psych and its different perspectives.
PRACTICE SHEET on psych persepectives.
• BRING A SINGLE-SUBJECT, SPIRAL-BOUND NOTEBOOK ON THURS.

Tues., 9/8: Nothing to make up. BRING A SINGLE-SUBJECT, SPIRAL-BOUND NOTEBOOK ON THURS.
Read dream analyses and JOURNAL: What do you think of the concept of dream analysis in general: big load of crap, or helpful and accurate? (Or in between?) What do you think about the idea of a dream “dictionary”? Try analyzing one of your own dreams? Etc...