What will I take with me from the Psychology 1001 course? The answer is simple- question everything. Even when reading the text, many findings are simply theories at best; they are not yet proven to be an ultimate truth. The human brain is extremely powerful and skilled in many domains, yet the one domain where our brain repeatedly fails us is overcoming our own biases. From the representative heuristic to the availability heuristic, the hindsight bias to the confirmation bias, our own cognition can blind us from truth. However, this realization in itself is extremely powerful. Recognizing that our brains are flawed and that we have biases is the first step to overcoming them. Overcoming such biases allows us to become more worldly individuals who have the ability to grasp not only our own interpretations of the world, but other's interpretations as well. Doing so allows us to undergo accommodation of our experiences to create harmony based on ultimate truth rather than perceived truth.
Many topics of the Psychology course were very intriguing, and I enjoyed learning and discussing them. I've learned that the study of psychology is an ongoing process, continually being tested and altered to make sense of our complicated world. From the course, I will always remember to see experiences, opportunities and even people in a new light- never resulting to the first thought that comes to mind.