This week I wouldn’t say I “learned” anything new about myself but the results of both questionnaires solidified what I already believed to be true. I have always been a particularly empathetic, understanding person to even the worst of people and this rang true in my results. In addition, positivity has always been a strong area in my life. I tend to see the good/positive, free flowing person in almost every situation that comes my way. On the flip side, this week I talked to multiple people who are quite the opposite of my “free flowing” ways. Once I listened to their reasons for needing every day to be planned out down to the minute I began to understand why this helped them stay sane.
I will definitely use this knowledge of my strengths to benefit me in life. I will use my positivity to always stay upbeat for whatever task I need to complete. By keeping this positive outlook and momentum I try to let that rub off onto the people around me, whether that’s friends, family, peers, or coworkers.
In the first reading by Khan I learned a lot about the worries and concerns that are often raised when beginning to take medication and how this can affect the effectiveness of treatment. This opened my eyes to what could potentially seriously affect many clinicians ability to help their patients and after reading the article I hope that clinicians are aware of this.
After learning more about positive psychology from the other two readings this week I think that positive psychology would really help improve the wellbeing of the many individuals struggling with depression and anxiety. This could really help fix the public health issue of depression and anxiety that we discussed in class.
On the flip side of that, until this week I never really thought of the bright side of anxiety. Never did I think that being anxious was actually helpful. After this week I now see that anxiety can be helpful by giving you the extra motivation to do what needs to be done in stressful situations. Without anxiety I don’t think finals week would be nearly as productive for me and many other college students. Anxiety was what kept me up at night, focused on all of the study material and research papers that needed to be completed.
My random interview on campus went fairly well. The girl that I interviewed said that she has experienced stress fairly often. She said that distracting her mind by watching a few funny videos or looking at photos of puppies really helped to distract her mind from what was stressing her out. If she dwelled on the negatives of her stressful situation she said that it would do more harm than good. It would bring down her mood and only make her even more stressed out about it. After talking to her I came to the conclusion that if a person is stressed out, depressed, or anxious then going to your own happy place, (funny videos, in the gym, writing in a journal, whatever), will really help to lift your spirits. Doing that, in addition with the practice of positive psychology, I believe could really help to improve your wellbeing, no matter what the situation.
I tend to be somewhat sensation seeking. What will make me happiest? What will be more fun? Should I have the cookies now or later or even at all? .. The answer is always now with it comes to sweets. I lack self control to tell myself no. This gut reaction to run to the sweets is reflected slightly in my results. I’m generally an optimistic person which can hurt my decision making at times. I see the positive more than the negatives so I miss the downfall to risky decisions. I believe that trusting your gut is what your initial reaction is to a situation, its what you really want most out of a situation. This isn’t always the best decision because it might not be the correct decision for the whole situation. For example the light turns yellow and my gut reaction is to speed up and make it through. This is what I want most in the situation, to be able to continue driving to my destination instead of having to sit at the red light, but this isn’t the best decision for the WHOLE situation. The whole situation includes the potential of another can going through the intersection and me causing a collision for running a red light. The whole situation also includes a cop seeing me speed up through the red light intersection and me getting a ticket for this gut decision. These gut decisions may show us what we really want but what we want isn’t always what we should receive. Thinking completely through a situation can help to avoid negative results.
I believe that well-being is largely influenced by your own personal beliefs. If you believe that the weight of importance of things like money and power is heavier than family, friends, and personal acceptance than you will not be happy. People that allow things as minute as a bad hair day or the wrong bagel from Panera ruin their day or even something as substantial as not being a millionaire will not be happy. These people are focusing their energy on the wrong things and are not allowing themselves to be content with what they do have. A little gratitude goes a long way.