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Psychology and my life

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Five years from now, I hope to be just recently graduated from the University of Minnesota and starting my career as a journalist. When asked how I think psychology will affect me at that point, I had to stop and think for a moment. Even though I may not be majoring in psychology, I can see how it will shape the way I think about the world. First, I would be more conscientious on how to get people to do what I want them to. The first type of skill I could use would be the foot-in-the-door process, which would involve me starting at a lower demand and slowly increasing until I receive my desired sum. The second type would be door-in-the-face, which would involve me starting at a higher demand that seems completely unreasonable, and moving downward until I reach the desired sum. Also, I would be more conscientious on parenting styles. I would be aware on whether I wanted to be an authoritative parent (treats their child with equal scold and praise), an authoritarian parent (treats their child with only scold), or a permissive parent (treats their child with only praise). Hopefully, with the knowledge I gained in psychology this first semester of my freshmen year, I can make wise decisions on the way I live my life.

Psychology and my life

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Five years from now, I hope to be just recently graduated from the University of Minnesota and starting my career as a journalist. When asked how I think psychology will affect me at that point, I had to stop and think for a moment. Even though I may not be majoring in psychology, I can see how it will shape the way I think about the world. First, I would be more conscientious on how to get people to do what I want them to. The first type of skill I could use would be the foot-in-the-door process, which would involve me starting at a lower demand and slowly increasing until I receive my desired sum. The second type would be door-in-the-face, which would involve me starting at a higher demand that seems completely unreasonable, and moving downward until I reach the desired sum. Also, I would be more conscientious on parenting styles. I would be aware on whether I wanted to be an authoritative parent (treats their child with equal scold and praise), an authoritarian parent (treats their child with only scold), or a permissive parent (treats their child with only praise). Hopefully, with the knowledge I gained in psychology this first semester of my freshmen year, I can make wise decisions on the way I live my life.

How birth order and IQ

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According to recent information, there is a small but reliable negative correlation between IQ and birth order. This is that the more older siblings one has, the lower the person's IQ is. This result came after many speculations of the finding; before, there was little evidence that birth rate and personality coincided. There is a major flaw in research because the size of the family plays a large role. According to Joshua Hartshorne, "A child from a two-kid family has a 50 percent chance of being a firstborn, whereas a child from a five-kid family has only a 20 percent chance of being a firstborn." Therefore, if you are part of a smaller family, it is much more likely that you will be a first born than if you were part of a larger family.
The first born tending to be more intelligent could be linked to many factors. The major reason is that larger families have to distribute their resources more thinly (time, money, etc). Also, well educated and wealthy parents tend to have fewer children, while less educated and economically unstable families tend to have more children.
Even though new evidence supports these claims, there is still not a strong correlation between intelligence and birth order, so the evidence, to me, seems unreliable.
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According to recent information, there is a small but reliable negative correlation between IQ and birth order. This is that the more older siblings one has, the lower the person's IQ is. This result came after many speculations of the finding; before, there was little evidence that birth rate and personality coincided. Before, research was flawed primarily because the size of the family played a large role. According to Joshua Hartshorne, "A child from a two-kid family has a 50 percent chance of being a firstborn, whereas a child from a five-kid family has only a 20 percent chance of being a firstborn." Therefore, if you are part of a smaller family, it is much more likely that you will be a first born than if you were part of a larger family.
The first born tending to be more intelligent could be linked to many factors. The major reason is that larger families have to distribute their resources more thinly (time, money, etc). Also, well educated and wealthy parents tend to have fewer children, while less educated and economically unstable families tend to have more children.
Even though new evidence supports these claims, there is still not a strong correlation between intelligence and birth order, so the evidence, to me, seems unreliable.
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In a recent study from North Western University, researchers found that people who feel powerless may feel the need to eat larger portion sizes in an attempt to boost their social status. Researchers also discovered that those who were told that they were supposed to eat less at a high-end restaurant actually ate less. This shows how important social status is to many individuals. It also shows how heavily food effects our lives and the way we think people perceive us. People who suffer from bulimia nervosa, mainly young women, binge on food, and than vomit in after in order to maintain weight. This is usually accompanied with the fear of gaining weight, and the regret of having eaten so much. Likewise, people with anorexia nervosa feel are afraid to gain weight, so much that they starve themselves. This also mainly effects young women. These diseases, along with the portion control, are all ways in which people can make themselves feel better, whether it's too boost their image, or to make them feel less guilty and more beautiful.

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