Parayaoan, Eugene P.

092822 PSY101-J 23 March, 2011 What I Have Learned Everything comes to an end, even if it is a good experience. Though one may feel sad about this end, one must face it. But as everything ends, there must be something that one can carry as a memento, a pabaon to remind himself/herself of this good experience. This is what I feel about knowing that PSY101 is about to end. I feel sad that I will no longer rush to B309 every M-W-F at noon in order not to be late. I feel sad that I will no longer be able to sit on the seat on the back of the room near the window, where the wind is at its best. I feel sad that I will no longer learn more about behaviour etc. and see my classmates in that class. In short, this feeling brought fear in me that I will no longer experience this, the fear of losing something I learned to appreciate. But these good experiences will always be on my mind, thanks to the things I have learned that I will always bear in mind. But there a lot of things that I have learned in this class. Should I enumerate? Maybe I shouldn¶t anymore, for it may just waste too much paper. But here I will attempt to shortlist the things that I have learned. First, after having learned about the goals of psychology, namely: to describe, explain, predict and control behaviours and metal processes, I felt rather interested after hearing it. I was most interested in the part about controlling. It would be good to curtail any unpleasing behaviour and to cultivate good ones. But it feels rather scary of trading one¶s free will and identity for the greater social good. I felt rather disturbed thinking of what would happen to the diversity of humans if they will become similar in behaviour, then that would make life a little monotonous. But if we choose to retain what we are now, diverse persons in behaviour and personality, life will be more exciting because of the complexities and diversity of life, at the cost of the loss of order. So, the first thing that I learned is that for everything we want to attain, there

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will always be a sacrifice of almost equal value for it, and that for every good thing that we want there is also an adverse effect. Can one attain all benefits? In the eyes of the optimist, yes, but the necessary thing in order to almost attain this is through control. The second thing that I learned in GenPsych is the value of the mind. I learned to debunk the old clichés of µfollowing your gut feeling¶, µloving from the bottom of one¶s heart¶ among others, thanks to what I learned. By learning the value of the mind in our daily life, my perspective of things changed, from guarding the head always when falling or slipping, my understanding of the different feelings and behaviour toward specific things, to asking questions about memory and the process of learning. Through this new perspective because of understanding the value of the mind, I seem to start to appreciate the subtle and very common processes happening in me out of me and around me. Maybe just because I got too much acquainted to these processes, I forgot their importance. This, in turn, made me think of God and how He works. He¶s like the mind; He¶s with the mind; He¶s the mind. The mind, like God, works so well, I cannot fully understand but works in a very beautiful way. The third thing I learned is related to the second, but still is somehow different. Psychology, being a science, should attempt to know much about a certain aspect of life, in its case²behaviours and mental processes. It also came from humans and humans are limited. Most things that humans make are also limited. Therefore, the third thing I learned is that even if psychology has a wide scope, it still has its limits and the sad truth is that it cannot fully capture human life as a whole. I learned this especially when the topic was about personality, that everyone is unique. With this uniqueness, I learned that no adequate amount of theorizing is enough to capture the exact human person. Though this improbability of exploring the person fully may seem hampering development of studying the person, it still gives the challenge to discover more and more things about the person. These are some of the things I learned but the greatest lesson I learned is to appreciate everything given for it affects even how I see the world.

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