Bonus Blog Prompt

From a psychodynamic perspective, it may be that Miguel is irritable during the day and picks fights with his roommate because he is releasing his anger as an outlet for unconscious hostility. Miguel may not want to be hostile or cause fights with his roommate, but he is finding it hard to keep his behavior together.  Behavioral psychologists would believe that Miguel is having these outbursts of anger because he is sleep deprived and tired most of the day.  Scientists from a cognitive perspective might believe that Miguel is negatively interpreting his situation with his roommate which then affects his overall way of thinking. This could be why Miguel has doubts about his ability to do anything correctly leading him to think very negatively about himself and others.  Humanistic psychologists could say that he has harsh and strict parents or guardians who have very high expectations of him and limit his needs of feeling accepted. This could be why Miguel is angry at himself when he makes simple, tiny mistakes.  Neuroscience psychologists may believe that he could be suffering from a mental illness due to him being a perfectionist, having an inability to fall asleep at night, and showing unconscious hostility.  From a cultural perspective, Miguel may have been exposed to violent video games, movies, and TV shows during his childhood that now have contributed to his angry outbursts towards his roommate.


Introductory Blog Post #1

Hello, my name is Emily! I am a first-year Biology-Allied Health major and I am from Baltimore, Maryland. I am taking this course because it is a requirement for my major but also because I am interested on how the brain works and want to find out why people do certain things. This is my first psychology class so I do not really have any background on this subject. When I hear the word “psychology”, I think of “the study of the brain”. The three topics that look the most interesting to me are mood disorder & anxiety, psychotic, traumatic & personality disorders, and how to make memories. I would like to be more knowledgable on what happens in the brain to cause mental illnesses and disorders and also I think it would be interesting to learn how and why the brain stores certain memories. The three topics that look the least interesting to me are psychology then & now, classical conditioning, and observational learning. I am not as interested on how psychology has changed over the years and I also do not know anything about conditioning or observational learning. A question that I would like to know by the end of this psychology class would be “How do our mind-body functions effect our emotions?”.