Image Source: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/facts-balance-joseph-keller ( Jospeh Keller)
The two topics during the weeks 7-10 that related to each other were anxiety and depression. These two topics linked together because they stem from the same biological vulnerability. In the slides that were shown we were informed that depression could make anxiety worse. I also saw some connections from the Big 5 in the personality traits slide show and the things that cause depression. The Big 5 is Neuroticism, Extraversion, Openness, Agreeableness and Conscientiousness. In Extraversion there is attention seeking and this can cause depression if you are feeling lonely with nobody to talk to. I did not see anything that differed for these weeks only because I was focused on how it linked that way I could understand these topics better. The bigger picture is that positive psychology is the study of a wide variety of components that contribute to our overall satisfaction with our lives. This means positive psychology is aiming to make our mood states better and lessen our chances of depression anxiety disorder. I noticed that twin studies were used a lot through this semester. We looked at how a twin study shows us what causes behavior and we also looked at how twin studies show heritability for panic disorders. Also, we talked about certain techniques that help with forgiveness. Those techniques that we discussed included writing it down and throwing it away or keeping a journal. These techniques reoccurred when we looked at how to challenge negative thoughts. The larger lessons I’ve learned are how important it is to take care of you and never be afraid to ask for help or assistance because everything we do contributes to our overall happiness. I have received insight on what could possibly be an alternative to anger and how I can channel my anger. I do plan on letting how I feel out more often and not hold things in. My mind, body and soul overlap. The picture I chose symbolizes the balance that I need to have in my life. I need to develop good coping strategies for my emotions, communicate with family and friends more often and also get a healthy amount of sleep in order to take care of my mind, body and soul.