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Raymond Lowe – Blog #6

4 Commentsby   |  04.23.13  |  Student Posts

Third Force Psychology focuses on the humanistic side of psychology. This approach deals with self-determination and free will. In North America free will is a very strong a prevalent topic, one that has been positively present in our culture. Third Force Psychology is actually being used in the classroom in order to change the current state of the children’s belief system. Beyond that is it being used as well for sensitivity training. It is all about changing the current mindset into something better; something more productive. With third force psychology this is possible. Another aspect that this effects is conflict resolution. With these being implemented in the school, children have a chance to receive a better education while still in public schools.

Raymond Lowe – Blog #6

0 Commentsby   |  04.11.13  |  Student Posts

An example of Psychoanalysis in every day life is seeing a psychiatrist. Their job is to analyze the patients situation based on what is said. By asking the right questions the psychiatrist is able to find out what is the root cause of the problem. This can be done both consciously and unconsciously. Some psychiatrist even use hypnosis, but not all of them use that procedure. Through this it can be discovered that the patient has deep seated issues with his/her father or mother, or even that a grandparent is the cause of the now present trauma. Psychiatrists find out the present problems by searching into and analyzing the patients past experiences.

Raymond Lowe – Blog Post #4 – Behaviorism

0 Commentsby   |  04.02.13  |  Student Posts

Behaviorism has been an intriguing topic of study for me since I am not a Psychology major and have, up to this point, never extensively studied this area of psychology. What I find most interesting about it, is how, through this, people and animals can be “trained”. The example of the Pigeon with B.F. Skinner was fascinating to be, especially with how he was able to train the bird to turn a full circle in under 2 minutes. Also, I agree with this form of Psychology in that I believe that it is the observable that can best be studied and evaluated, not the unobservable which cannot even be seen. The only thing I can see, at least in my life, that goes against this is religion, which can not always be seen. Faith is, believing in things not seen. Outside of that I strongly consider only things that can be seen and observed to be truly valid. This is why I agree so much with the idea of Behaviorism.

Raymond Lowe: Blog #3 – EP

4 Commentsby   |  03.06.13  |  Student Posts

I thought that the concept of Evolutionary Psychology has a lot of merit, but that it lacks in other areas. The best example that I noticed came from last classes reading. My article said, “Evolution may explain our capacity to hold these principles [systems of morality and meaning and purpose] and beliefs, but it does not explain the principles and beliefs themselves. This was an important explanation for me, because it gave up the idea that the theory was perfect. Plus, it is an easier way to explain and understand the idea of what Evolutionary Psychology is and what is has to offer. Knowing the evolution of the brain and how it developed is critical, but understanding that it does not explain the evolution of thoughts, which adapted from different times, cultures, and races, is just as crucial. As psychology continues to advance, then maybe someday thoughts can be integrated into Evolutionary Psychology in a way that is both logical and rational. But for now, we must suffice for the current state of EP.

Blog Post Number 2

3 Commentsby   |  01.31.13  |  Student Posts

It is obvious that the Greek way of thinking is different than our own. One way that our thought differs is that the Greeks had to spend more time in discussion to find and solve problems when now days I can just jump on to google and read what other people have written in order to solve my problem. Face-to-face conversations are not a necessity today to find an answer like it was in the time of the Greeks. Something else that I have observed is that deep conversations, at least in college, do not revolve around issues like the position of the earth relative to the sun and the capacity of the mind. More often than not deep conversations today revolve around mistakes and relationships rather than world issues. There is no real problem with this difference, its just a distinction that I have observed. The reasoning behind this is that since we have the internet we do not have to stress to find the answer to any question we type. Therefore we tend to focus on other issues, issues that cannot be strictly solved doing a google search. One last observation that I have is that the Greeks tended to spend more time in discussion than we currently due.

Blog 1: The Good Life

3 Commentsby   |  01.16.13  |  Student Posts

“The Good Life” is a very common phrase used mostly by those with a desire to appear above, or better, than others because of their financial stature or position in society. I view a good life being one of peace, fulfillment, and love. My “good life” is one filled with family and friends, where nothing matter but the fact that you are all together. It is being able to nurture and raise a family that truly creates an accurate portrayal of “The Good Life” in my mind. But just as people are different, so are their thoughts, and I understand that others will interpret and evaluate this idea in many different ways. I still stick to my own view, that “The Good Life” is one filled with family and friends.

Raymond Lowe's Comment Archive

  1. Raymond Lowe on Third Force Psychology
    12:39 pm, 04.24.13

    Third force psychology is structured in such a way as to be easily comprehended, even by an extreme outsider. That is one of its strongest appeals. You have done a good job laying the foundation for this idea. Plus your analysis of how it relates to other schools of psychology just goes on to make it more acceptable.

  2. Raymond Lowe on Blog #6
    12:37 pm, 04.24.13

    I agree with Emily, it is important that you state the fact that third force psychology was built and founded on the aspects of other and past theories. Third force psychology has done a good job effectively stressing the overall appeal of free will and why it is a necessary component of humanity.

  3. Raymond Lowe on Blog Post 5
    11:58 am, 04.12.13

    Your example is very valid. Projection would be an accurate analysis in accordance to how we judge and perceive others. Subconsciously we do make assumption about others, which is not a good thing. Words, dress, and attitude lead the list. These also affect futre perceptions based on past decisions. A person can be accused of doing something in the past because their present behavior suggests the possibility of the act accruing prior.

  4. I agree with your correlation between modern art and psychoanalysis. Art brings about so many emotions. I can look at a piece and be instantly transported back to a different time or place. The unconscious and conscious become mixed realties. Past experiences resurface explaining present circumstances. It is for this reason, that I think your example is so perceptive.

  5. Raymond Lowe on Blog 4: Behaviorism
    9:18 am, 04.03.13

    Behaviorism has been proven to be an effective method involving classical conditioning. Examples of potty training, making a pigeon do a full circle, creating a fear that did not exist, and yes, even pulling pranks, are just a few of the ways this method can be utilized. I like your example, and when I saw it I thought of Little Albert and the White Rat/Rabbit.

  6. Raymond Lowe on blog post #5
    9:13 am, 04.03.13

    I like your honesty. Those kinds of people bother me as well. One of my best friends is an only child and I get on to him for that as well. Your example is very good. Sometimes it’s just the person, not the situation, that causes these types of outcomes to occur. In this case it was the person. Being able to reinforce an idea, and have it positively received, is a prime example of effective behaviorism.

  7. Raymond Lowe on Blog Post #3
    1:33 am, 03.07.13

    It is important to list your own opinion and I agree with what you said, that Evolutionary Psychology has its limitations. Thoughts, opinions, and other cultural facets of society, I feel as well, did derive from our past. Those would develop as we develop and would be manifested from instances and actions from our past. Thoughts could, in essence, evolve as humans evolve. I say this in the sense that as people learn new things and gain more understanding so too will their thoughts become more learned and understood.

  8. A topic like this would be valid at ACU and I would like to see this discussion raised in Campus Conversations. Are you saying that the holes are strong, positive arguments. I also agree that it is important to realize that Evolutionary Psychology cannot explain all facets of the evolution of psychology especially where the mind is concerned.

  9. Raymond Lowe on Blog 2
    10:16 pm, 01.31.13

    I agree with your opening statement. It seems that many Americans are not very complacent and are always looking for the next thing, whatever that may be. So what you are saying is that we have too many solutions that, in all actuality, cause more problems? So what exactly does that formula actually mean?

  10. Raymond Lowe on Blog Post 2
    10:07 pm, 01.31.13

    I agree with your opening, we do derive a lot of our current thoughts from those already established by the Greeks. I would say, however, that we only focus on the Greeks philosophy and way of life in school, but outside of that those ideas are seldom as frequent in our every day lives. Those movies are enjoyable because of the epic grandeur and the struggle to accomplish something seemingly impossible. I agree that we do value movies of that nature, and that these types of films will continue to be popular in the future.