One of the goals of this course is to understand the relevance of psychology in your life. Your assignment is to
review the chapters you have read and integrate the material into a meaningful self reflection paper. The purpose of
this paper is fourfold:
1). Develop and enhance reading, writing, and critical thinking skills;
(2) illustrate an understanding of the major theorists;
(3) examine how these topics impact, influence, and explain your life;
(4) Help you better understand yourself and your relationships with others.
Having read Chapters 6, 10, 11 and 14 consider the following:
How Classical, Operant, and Observational learning has shaped your behavior. What did you learn through associations?
How were your reinforced or punished as a child? How has that reinforcement or punishment influenced you as an adult?
As a child, what did you learn by watching? Which type of learning had the greatest impact on you?
From Development describe your childhood in terms of Piaget’s model of cognitive development. Explore your current
stage from Erikson’s perspective. Examine Ainsworth’s Attachment Theory and determine your attachment style. Think
about how your attachment style explains how you interact with others today. Describe your parent’s style
(authoritarian, permissive, or authoritative) and how that has impacted who you are today. How was your moral
development shaped and where do you see yourself in that area of development?
From Personality describe your personality from a psychodynamic, humanistic, social cognitive, or trait perspective.
For example, how would you describe your id, ego, and superego? Have you ever used any of Freud’s defense mechanisms?
Is your personality the same or has it changed from childhood? How?
From Stress and Health identify your sources of stress. Are these stressors likely to change within a month, a year,
or five years? How do you cope with your stressors? Explore your coping strategies. Are you more likely to use a
problem or emotional focused strategy? Do you describe yourself as an optimist or a pessimist?
Paper Requirements- The reflection paper must be 5-7 pages in length and have a minimum of 6 paragraphs
(Introduction, 4 body paragraphs-see above-, and a conclusion. You are not limited to the topics above; however,
these areas should be included in your paper. Be sure to fully explain the theoretical concepts and relate those
concepts to your personal experiences. Use transition sentences so your paper has some “flow”. Close your paper with
a short summary.
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