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Studying Psychology Week 1 Discussion1

Describe the psychology theories that you have studied in your program that influence your thinking the most and explain how they have influenced you.

The psychology theory that has influence me the most throughout my time here at Capella is psychology in the workplace which is an individual?s behavior. Behaviorism is different from most other approaches because they view people (and animals) as controlled by their environment and specifically that we are the result of what we have learned from our environment (Smith 1986). I have learned that being in the workplace can be very stressful and you need to know how to handle it without losing your mind and to stay professional. I like how I have learned to be more confident in whom I am and to not always wear my feelings on my sleeves and how to understand my clients and my coworkers better. I have learned some principles of knowledge of recency bias has helped me thru many situations that could have gone left. Recency bias is when people recall things that happened more recently over things that happened a long time ago. Freud believes that events in our childhood can have a significant impact on our behavior as adult and I truly believe this (DeRobertis & Bland 2020).

The other psychology theory that has influenced me the most is Humanistic psychology which is a perspective that emphasizes looking at the whole individual and stresses concepts such as free will, self-efficacy, and self-actualization (Taylor, 1995). Working with individuals with disabilities and my coworkers showed me how to be more sensitive to them and their needs. This leads to stronger relationships with the families and the clients. This helped the clients that do work in the community how to have better relationships with their coworkers and peers that they live in the group homes with.

Describe what meaning studying psychology has held for you, now that you are approaching the end of your degree in psychology.

Studying psychology for me has meant a lot since I have mental illness in my family. It has taught me to take a different approach with different situations and not react to everything and just have empathy and understanding. To let that person, know that I am there for them and understand what they are going thru and when they are hearing those voices, I know they are real to them. I want to be that case manager/family member that they know will be there for them without judging them. Getting a degree in psychology and almost at the end of my degree with the type of world that we are living in now, which people are stressed with no jobs and the pandemic in my opinion America is struggling right now and people mental health is not good at all.

Discuss how studying psychology has influenced the direction of your personal life and career goals.

It has influenced my personal life and career goals tremendously and I am pretty sure I have a lot more to learn and experience. When I get my degree, I will get a promotion and like I said earlier I will be able to help my family, clients, coworkers and friends.

Refer to any other aspects of your time in your program that held a significant influence for you. (It might be concepts you have learned, research you have read, or interactions with others, such as instructors or peers).

The thing that stuck out to me the most is statistical understanding of how a person?s mind/brain works just to understand how people operate, as so many people have no idea how their own mind works, even at relatively obvious levels.


Smith, L. D. (1986). Behaviorism and logical positivism: A reassessment of the alliance. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press

Taylor, E. I. (1995, August). Four humanistic revolutions in American psychology. Invited address presented at the History of Psychology Division, 103rd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, New York City.

DeRobertis, E. M., & Bland, A. M. (2020). Lifespan human development and ?the humanistic perspective?: A contribution toward inclusion. The Humanistic Psychologist, 48(1), 3?27.