Positive education (Jarvis)

This week’s reading was about positive education and it had talked about how a major key to one’s positive education is one’s surroundings and workspace. I can say from experience that when I’m busty and everything is cluttered in my schedule I’m just all over the place and can’t really retain info. Positive education was said to be about how students can be better minded and put more effort into work and this is also effected by one’s environment. With more positive emotions it is shown that it will make students feel more focused and even more satisfied.

I feel as if all of these things are impactful but what do you guys think effects one’s learning?

small things (Jarvis)

This article which was about the small interactions one has day to day and how much of a major impact it has on people every day made me start thinking about mine day to day and how little communication I have with individuals. Today I was walking home with groceries and my box of grape soda broke and my sodas went everywhere leaving me a pissed off and tired man until this lady came up to me asked if I needed help and then we had a conversation about soda and this talk turned me from a pissed off guy into a guy who is not anymore. This small conversation really helped my mood so why don’t I do it more often? Do you guys recall the small encounters you have and ow they change your mood?

Character Strengths (Jarvis)

In this week’s reading it discussed the different character strengths of college students and how they use them. It had focused on strengths of these features in relation to positive psych. Each person has different personality traits there for all have strengths that very. These strengths are the things peoples are really good at and this can be like studying in collage, which is something that I am awful at. What I found most interesting in this article however was college students tested high in the categories humor, love, kindness, integrity, & social intelligence. These thing upon my further review can be seen as some of the most important things to college students yet I’m honestly wondering where actual intellect and learning skills are rather than just social. What do you guys think about this however?

Addiction (Jarvis)

As many of you know I am a former addict of a very addictive substance that shall go unnamed for this articles sake but as a former addict this “hard” substance and a present nicotine addict I believe I have a lot of insight into addiction and such. In this article there was a section that really resonated with me and that would be the three stages of use. These stages are listed as experimentation with drugs, transition to regular or heavy use, and compulsive or unconditional use, respectively. Now I found these stages to be quite accurate I stared after a massive tragedy and I experimented my way up until I peeked with regular use then to addiction. Another point talked about in this was the effect on adolescence and that addiction is likely to happen during such periods. “A period characterized by significant changes in social and cognitive functioning, a shift from parental supervision and behavioral management to independent decision making and self-governed behavior, and an increase in autonomous peer interactions and exploratory behavior.”, this is what the article defined this period as and with independent decision making it is more likely for an individual to try things such as drugs during it and this experimentation may lead to regular use, as It did in my case.

Do you think that having a parent have a loser eye on a child during this time it would diminish the chances of one experimenting and becoming addicted to drugs?  What other things could help one not lead down the tragic path of addiction?

Side note: 9 months sober today woooooh

relationships (Jarvis)

This week’s article was about the idea and the behavior of interpersonal relationships. It discussed how our early life experiences effect our relationships later in life. With this statement it gave me memories about how my aunt used to tell me that we date a person only to see what we don’t want in the next until we reach the perfect person for us. It is shown that many variables link early life development and later life relationship values like infancy attachment, this connection just blew my mind.
I really can start to see connections now with these studies now but my question now is is it all just the childhood that can develop these relationships this way or is it multiple factors that are linked with the childhood that determines the type of relationship one has and its strength?

Mindfullness and its impacts (Jarvis)

Mindfulness, not only was this the topic of this weeks readings but it is also a practice that our class has been trying to work on through meditation.  It was stated that mindfulness can help with one’s focus and attention. It also is said to help with emotional state and could benefit work performances and even one’s wellbeing.

I’m actually very curious about whether or not I could improve my own work performance and attentiveness while I’m working. Where I work now is the first time I have ever worked at an office and I will say I get kind of tired throughout the day. If I could improve my attentiveness by being more mindful I definitely will. What do you guy think?

(sorry for such a short post this week I was solving some personal problems of mine)

Positive psych two: the return of positive thinking (Jarvis)

I’m glad that we are going over more about this topic because I enjoyed learning about it the first time and maybe we can go more in depth which would be pretty cool. In the reading Frederickson discussed differences between emotions and affects. I learned that emotions are short lasting while the affect its the other end of the spectrum and last longer, I found this interesting to learn because I just thought emotions were both.

I really liked how they said that new positive life experiences trigger positive thinking but also slow down negative thoughts. This opened my eyes on how to see the mind working on positive thoughts rather than negative ones.

I’m super excited to learn how to become to be an even more positive person and deal with negative emotions in a more positive manner.

GPA and performance compared to habits (Jarvis)

This week’s article was, for lack of better words, obvious to me. If a student just stays up all night they won’t retain as much info. This study while it was very important to the study habits of students having to with their mental health and social life was just so clear to me, maybe others didn’t see this directly like I did but this study if someone read it would the better their habits and sleep to better themselves. This study was conducted on underclassmen but how would it differ for upperclassmen? I feel as if it would be seen that upperclassmen slept more because they would have seen the impact more than underclassmen.

depression and tms (Jarvis)

*I’m not saying this to be all like give me pity I’m just giving the closest example I know of someone that has depression so in reading this do not give pity or anything just read as if I was talking about me drinking cool aid or something not about me having depression. Thank you.

“Just get over it”, a common phrase uttered by my family. To many people hold this phrase about all sorts of mental disabilities including the topic of this week’s discussion and a topic that I myself know a little about through my own life, depression. Personal through reading this article I found it upsetting that the topic of depression only became a major point of research and into the eye of the public after the death of a celebrity (a great celebrity though, dead poets’ society changed my life).

I dislike going home to see my parents because I feel as if I have let them down by not “getting over it” and many people like me cannot explain why they have this affliction and for us to be told that we should just miraculously get better and “fixed” is difficult for me because I’ve tried and no matter what I do if I am not content with myself I feel as if I have failed leading me into a deeper spiral. Depression is not the weepies or even day sadness depression is depression and that is the best I can say about it. From my experience this mental illness is just like I feel constantly dead and slow inside and never truly feeling like I am in fat flourishing, not wanting others to realize this I put on a facade so that I can feel and be treated as a normal human.

The studies for depression as stated in this article really interested me in that the results were promising even for the placebo group. The way I was thinking about this was as some convoluted metaphor that goes like the study (sham or real treatment just the fact that they are there wanting and getting help) was the rails for the railway and the transcranial magnetic stimulation treatment or tms was a train to help push one along the tracks. Going out and finding your tracks is a start and a positive way to help one’s disorder you just need the guiding rail that is provided by help. These guiding rails are what will help people “just get over it”.

 

Positive psychology (Jarvis)

 

The article this week was about the formation of positive psychology and its use in present day culture/society. The first thing that caught my eye was one of the authors names, Csiksgentmihalyi is just cool to me like I really don’t know how to say it, and it even shows up as being spelt wrong on word. However back to the actual topic, it stated that prior to its formation, which was post WWII, researchers and psychologists were mainly focused on the curing of mental illness and the machining people more productive, including boosting one’s talents.

This all changed with the formation of positive psychology. What I pulled from this article about positive psych was that it was about pulling positives out of life from what you have already done and focusing on the positives. To me this really wasn’t psychology it is my day to day life and what I do to keep myself sane (as much as I can be) from day to day. So the fact that there are actual scientists such as the man with the crazy name (Csiksgentmihalyi) and Seligman that state that this is an actual way to live a better life and to be “happier” is a really great to me. I HAVEN’T BEEN NUTS TO HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR YEARS ITS ACTUALLY GOOD FOR ME.

To conclude the fact that this way of thinking is relatively new way of thinking is baffling to me because I just did it thinking it was a good thing to do. So if more people think this way it is great because it has helped me through some rough parts of my life.

Genetic Influences on adolescent behavior (Jarvis)

This article done by our very own Dr. Dick is on a topic that I think of constantly, and I’m not just saying that to kiss ass but the topic of nature vs nurture has always plagued me with questions. The correlation between nature and nurture really got to me even though I thought it would have been as clear as day to me. Addiction is an ailment that has been in my family for years.

My mother is a slight alcoholic and her father is a major alcoholic. These tendencies are not through genetics because she was adopted, However I have an addictive personality and I am her birth child.  So the nature vs nurture that is talked about is completely valid; personally I’m in favor of nurture cause I’m just like my mom.

So the topic certainly pertaining to addiction to alcohol and drugs really interests me due to my family and I have done much reading on twins that had been separated at birth but end up having similar life choices such as the same car, partners name, and job. So this topic is just interesting and the correlation between the two seems obvious yet so right.

blog post 1: Promoting and Protecting Mental Health as Flourishing (Jarvis)

This article really peaked my interest in the fact that it states that you don’t need to have mental illnesses to not be mentally healthy. The article also states that only 1/5 of adults are flourishing and that half of all adults will experience a serious mental illness in their life time is astonishing, because that is only serious illness which means that most humans will experience a mental illness and therefor implying that no one is mentally healthy for their entire life. This assumption is mildly terrifying to me, because the fact that happiness is a construct that not many people can reach constantly makes me think that without this happiness people may be limiting themselves on what they can do and limits their life in general. The tests to show Mental Health as Flourishing in my opinion is quite harsh and allows no “wiggle room”. To achieve a success in all categories is in my opinion impossible and to maintain all of these successes is even more so. This indicates, as said abundantly in the text, that the absence of mental illness is not mental health, and the absence of mental health does not mean one has mental illness. For one to live with the absence of mental health does that mean the worst for the world however many people live contently without this health. Another interesting thing I found in this article is that there are many factors that result in differing levels of mental health including education. This makes one wonder what other factors are there that are involved with different levels of mental health.

While trying to find a cure for mental unhealthiness is important the most important thing to find is a constant way to diagnosis mental illness and mental health. With a diagnosis comes a cure or a prevention and this will lead to more people flourishing. To be personally flourishing is a major goal for me and to find a way for the whole population to be so as well will be astonishing.