Throughout this course of psychology there seems to have been a general trend that reaches across almost every chapter: things are not always as they first seem, and that it may take time to truly understand a situation that you are a part of. Looking back to concepts like inattention blindness, representative heuristics, confirmation bias, etc., it is imperative that we need to stay skeptical and understand that our 'common sense' may prove to be wrong.
Here are some general but interesting facts taken from our textbook:
-Parenting and childhood will have little effect on the personality of an adult.
- People are generally very resilient to stressors as well as traumatic events in their life.
- Most people can remember about 7 things at one time (+/- 2)
- You make most of your decisions unconsciously.
- Memories are not solid replays, we reform and recreate memories every time we recall them.
Many times, for example, we rely on our beliefs of the world to get us through the day. Some people may defend themselves saying they know exactly what they say and do at all times but the simple fact is that this is not really true. Of course, there is a lot we still don't know in the field of psychology, but what has been shown is that reality may be different from the way we perceive it. In five years I will be cautious of biases and heuristics, to take each situation with an open but skeptical mind, and realize that there may have been something I could have missed.