Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Should I Major In Psychology? What I Learned...

So your thinking about majoring in psychology?

I did. And I loved it.

Of course I learned a bunch of  things through my psychology courses:

  • I learned that psychology is interesting. 
  • I learned that in order to actually practice in the filed of psychology, AT MINIMUM a Master's degree is required. 
  • I learned that I was not willing to devote another 2-4 years to my education, in order to continue on in the field of psychology. 
  • I learned that with an associates degree or bachelors degree, your career prospects open up, regardless of what you majored in. 
  • I learned that with psychology there are no "right" or "wrong" answers like there are with math or other similar fields. With psychology it's all about perspective and explanations. 
  • I learned that just having a crazy family helped me understand and comprehend psychology as a science better. 
    1/2 of my crazy family.
  • I learned that I love science.
  • I learned that both nature and nurture play an equal part in who we become as adults.
  • I learned that I am an introvert 95% of the time the other 5% of the time I am an ambivert
  • I learned what constitutes a reliable source and APA formatting.  
  • I learned that every behavior has an underlying explanation. 
  • I learned empathy. 
  • I learned ethics. 
  •  I learned that when it comes to cultural diversity - I suck.
  • I learned to step back, analyze, and think before judging, acting on, or speaking in situations. 
  • I learned that stereotyping is far from acceptable. 
  • I learned that everyone has a story to tell. 
  • I learned that we are all a "little bit crazy" by definition. 
    My silly kids. 
  • I learned that stigma exists everywhere. 
  • I learned what stigma means. 
  • My vocabulary, perspective, and mind has opened up 150%.
  • I learned that private (online) school was not the right financial choice for me ($$$$$). Community college would have been a much better choice financially ($$), but my lifestyle would not have allowed it. 
  • I learned my personality type
  • I learned how to be a better parent. 
  • Most of all I learned that I love to learn. 
It's me. 
I'm a writer at heart. Had I never majored in psychology I may have never known that about myself. Courses in psychology require a TON of writing - everything you do will be focused around writing, explaining your perspective and/or understanding, and experimenting. Little did I know when I signed up for a major in psychology that I would find my true passion through it - I've come to realize that college is made specifically to figure out who you are and what you want to do with your life

Looking back, I probably should have minored in something else, like social services, to give my degree more weight after graduation. Instead I'm pigeon-holed with the flexibility my psychology degree grants me. 

Can you handle all of the above? Can you devote a ton of school time to writing and sharing your perspectives? Can you formulate your thoughts and make a strong case? Can you be a student for 2,4,6,8 years after high school? 

If so psychology may be the right major for you. 

Check out Careers in Psychology to see all the possibilities. Good Luck! 

Friday, April 3, 2015

60 Cool Psychology Facts

Psychology Facts About Love

1. Romantic love is biochemically indistinguishable from severe obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

2. The brain associates rejection with physical pain.

3. Holding  hands with someone you love, or cuddling, and embracing them  can alleviate physical pain as well as any feelings of stress and fear.

4. Your brain knows within the first 4 minutes of meeting someone whether you like them or not. 

5. Studies show that couples who are in love are so bonded after just 3 minutes of looking into each other's eyes their hearts beat in sync with each other. 

6. Falling in love has the same neurological effects as cocaine.

7. People generally prefer an attractive face over an attractive body. 

8. People who suffer from anxiety, depression, loneliness, and low self-esteem; have a limited ability to experience love. 

9. Safety is a precondition for love.

10. A broken heart can cause physical chest pain.

11. A person's smell is directly connected to how attractive they are perceived

Psychology Facts About Life

12. Spending money on experiences rather than possessions suggests you will live a happier life. 

13. When a person cries, if the first tear falls from the right they are tears of happiness. From the left, tears of pain or sadness. 

14. Average high school students exhibit the same anxiety levels as psychiatric patients in the early 1950's.

15. The brain operates on the same amount of power as a 10-watt light bulb. 

16. On average it takes 66 days to form a habit. And 21 days to break one. 

17. Your attention span maxes out at 10 minutes. 

18. You have a friend limit. The maximum number of close ties a person can have hovers somewhere between 50 -150. 

19. You cannot multitask. Your brain is only capable of performing one task (that requires thought) at a time. 

20. When you read your brain tries to "guess" what's next - allowing reading to flow easier. 

21. Stress causes you to perform worse in all aspects of life. 

22. You are lazy. People always look for the best way to handle a situation with the least work involved. 

23. The brain, itself, cannot feel pain.

24. Laughing lowers stress hormones and strengthens your immune system. 

25. 85% of the time someone is angry with you is basically hurt or disappointment driven.

26. When a person is happy they are more productive. 

27. Birth order is said to have a direct effect on how you develop and handle life. 

28. Happiness peaks at age 50. 

Psychology Facts about Dreams & Sleep

29. We forget 95% - 99%  of our dreams. 

30. The colder the room you sleep in the more likely you are to have a bad dream.

31. Your brain is much more active at night then during the day. 

32. During sleep your brain is consolidating information from the days activities. 

33. The strangers in your dreams people you have seen before - regardless of if you remember them or not. 

34. Your brain, on average, has between 1,460 - 2,900 dreams a year. 

35. Depressed people dream 3 times more than those who are not depressed. 

36. Night terrors are different then nightmares. A person experiencing a night terror is unable to wake up from their sleep but often has their eyes open. 

Psychology Facts About Music & Technology

37. The type of music you listen to affects the way you perceive the world. 

38. Ever wonder why your favorite song is your favorite song? You associate it with something taking place in your life. 

39. Upon examining internet trolls, scientists found an overwhelmingly large part of them were narcissistic, psychopathic, and sadistic.

40. In the not to distant future an Internet Addiction may be classified with other addictions.


41. 68% of people suffer from phantom vibration syndrome - they feel their phone vibrating when it is not. 

42. Music helps people get through stressful, anxious, & emotional times. 

43. 99% of people type faster when they are angry. 

Psychology Facts & Phobias

44. There are more than 400 unique phobias well recognized by psychologists. 

45. Phobias are said to be memories passed down from generations prior via DNA. 

46. Phobophobia is the fear of having a phobia. 

47. Nomophobia is the fear of being without your cell phone. 

48. Philophobia is the fear of falling in love.

49. Ommatophobia is the fear of eyes. 

50. Fears or phobias can be retrained with with positive memory associations. 

Psychology Facts About Thinking

51. There's a rare mental disorder where people think they are decomposing or already dead. 

52. Your personality type is known to be directly associated with health and wellness.

53. A specific gene can cause you to be negative most of the time. 

54. A syndrome, the Truman syndrome, makes patients believe they live in a reality TV show. 

55. Patients with Erotomania believe a famous person is in love with them. 

56. Your short term memory can hold 5-9 chunks of information at a time. 

57. Most of our everyday decisions require little thought and are subconscious. 

58. Your mind wanders 30% of the time - making everyone a "daydreamer". 

59. People with low self esteem are 80% more likely to criticize others. 

60. People who get recharged from being alone are known as introverts. People who love to socialize are seen as extroverts, and those in between are categorized as ambiverts. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Are Children Born with Autism?

What is Autism?

Autism or Autism spectrum Disorder(s) are developmental brain abnormalities.
A diagnosis of autism, or it's closely related spectrum disorders, indicates that a child has a genetic, neurological disorder that will be prevalent throughout life and in varying degrees of severity.

The Autism Spectrum

A child diagnosed with autism or any disorder on the spectrum of autism such as Asperger's or Pervasive Developmental Disorder has issues with social interactions, verbal and non-verbal communications, and often engage in repetitive behaviors.