In The Future of Love by Barbara Graham, she cites a variety of people and opinions as research about views on romantic love. These views fall into two general schools; those two schools are biological and environmental.
Morton Nancy Morton English 161 Ms Theresa Kahl October 11, 2012 Is It Love or Biochemistry In The Future of Love by Barbara Graham, she cites a variety of people and opinions as research about views on romantic love. These views fall into two general schools; those two schools are biological and environmental. She treats both of these schools of thought as valid and eventually seems to conclude that the way to overcome our cultures preoccupation with romantic love is awareness of that preoccupation. She seems to be working from the presupposition that our culture is over saturated in romantic love. This push towards romantic love influences us even from an early age, and she gives examples from her own childhood. Graham’s article begins by giving a picture of her first “wedding.” She and a friend are on a pier, Graham dressed from head to toe in white and the “groom” dressed in shorts. Graham didn’t seem to notice the disgusted look on his face in the picture her mother took. According to Graham, “We put our hopes on romantic love so early” (Graham), this can be seen in the example of her first wedding. Graham goes on to say that we search for perfect love all too young, which could be a result of growing up with fairytales where everything ends perfectly or “happily ever after.” One aspect she talks about is Joseph Campbell’s Myths To
Internet Group Suicide Suicide in Japan Internet Group Suicide Samson Lau 4/27/2012 ________________ Introduction Every 15 minutes, somebody kill himself in Japan. (PanOrient News, 2011) Being one of the highest suicide rate countries, Japanese now commit suicide in a different way – Internet Group Suicide. People call together through Internet and plan to commit suicide. It is unique to Japan and is a peculiarly modern Japanese fashion. In the very beginning, people try to explain this unique phenomenon by Emile Durkheim’s Suicide Theory and treat it as a kind of egoistic suicide. Yes, some factors inside the Internet Group Suicide are fit in to the Suicide Theory but this analysis is shallow. It is because it cannot explain reason that why only Japan has Group Suicide as other countries have even higher suicide rate than Japan. To the eyes of other people, Japan has a strange traditionally culture and history about suicide such as Hara-kiri and Shinjyuu. (Ueno, 2005) Unique culture and history generate unique society. And social factors are playing an important role in suicide. Therefore any explanations about the Internet Group Suicide should be built around Japan’s unique culture and history. Explanation in term of Suicide Theory A step before committing suicide, suicide candidates will try to air their grievances and seeking help on Internet and
Social Psychology Before answering this question it is important to set out clear definitions of the key terms 'social psychology´ and 'scientific.´ According to the Collins English Dictionary for something to be scientific it has to: '...conform with the principles or methods used in science.´ In this essay we will determine whether social psychology is scientific by answering two questions. Firstly, we will need to ask whether social psychology has been able to use the principles or methods used in science in the study of social psychological phenomenon. However, it would be unreasonable to classify social psychology as scientific simply because it uses these methods, for social psychology to be classified as a science we will need to look at the way in which these methods are used. Based on this, the second question we will be asking is whether the goals science are appropriate to the study of social psychological phenomena. Malim et al.(1992) state that there are four goals to any science: to describe events as objectively as possible, to use such descriptions to predict future events and propose hypotheses, to gain greater knowledge through hypothesis testing and finally, to give us a greater understanding of the world around us through understanding cause and effect. Scientific method is the means by which a scientist develops theories and collects data. A
Outline what is meant by trait psychology, illustrating and explaining its contribution to the study of personality.
Outline what is meant by trait psychology, illustrating and explaining its contribution to the study of personality. Many theories have been postulated in an attempt to clarify personality. One approach is known as individual differences research, which seeks to not only explain personality but to identify its biological and genetical basis. Within this individual differences framework is trait psychology. This essay will give an overview of this approach and give examples of its main contributions to the study of personality. My position, however, is that while trait psychology has provided substantial data about behaviour, it has not contributed to a better understanding about personality or its causation. Outline of trait psychology In brief, trait psychology attempts to examine the differences (and similarities) of personality traits within a given population in order to determine the root causes of such differences. Its basic premise is that traits are organic in origin and consistent over time. Traits are defined as 'dimensions of individual differences in tendencies to show consistent patterns of thoughts, feelings and actions' (McCrae & Costa, 1990) and are described using adjectives from everyday language that 'label' aspects of an individual's personality. For example, a person might be considered 'easy-going', 'good-natured' or 'fun-loving'. Further definitions
November 2003 Student Number 532403 Why should we and how can we study the media? Since starting the course in Media, Culture and Society, it has become evident to me that studying the media is not only interesting but a vital tool in analysing contemporary society. So far in our lectures and seminar sessions we have examined the role of the media, the message and the audience. During this essay I aim to provide a deeper understanding of the importance in studying the media and the shifting ways of approaching its study. There are many different ways of defining what the media essentially is, which therefore makes the study of it all the more challenging. Throughout our daily lives, we come across diverse forms of media and interact with them in a variety of ways. According to many writers, it is the media that creates 'who' and 'where' we think we are. We rely on the media, or more specifically the mass media, for information, entertainment, ideas and education whether we realise it or not. According to Michael Real, (1996, cited in O'Sullivan et al, 1998, page 3) the variety of differing modes that modern media takes form in, are particular ways of creatively participating in the life of modern culture, namely by reading, watching and listening to certain entities around us. In this essay, I focus on the mass media as the driving force of media itself since it has