Reply to these discussions from my classmates either agree or disagree and expla

Reply to these discussions from my classmates either agree or disagree and explain the answers.
1. Adolescence is one of the most critical and vulnerable stages of human development. This phase applies to both boys and girls and is, in reality, the most susceptible to changes, influencing the psychological level of the human person. Earlier, video games were thought to harm an adolescent’s quickly changing mind potentially. At the moment, however, the media, which includes both print and television, has a considerable negative role in adolescents’ mental health. In today’s culture, both auditory and visual media significantly affect adolescents’ minds. Previously, violent games on mobile devices harmed young minds that were fast developing. This function is now shared by films, ads, and a variety of television programs depicting extreme cruelty and severe life-threatening actions of many types, displaying the female body as a product and emphasizing sexual material. All of these aspects, as well as many others, are constantly conveyed on advertising, television, and radio commercials, heavily misguiding adolescents’ brains to potentially disturbing realities. Physical images depicted on television, particularly in ads, are only an attempt to control the minds of youths. The media is continuously displaying numerous idealistic images of a beautiful body, putting extreme pressure on the lives of teens or their expectations about various ways of living. This fact demonstrates that young people face a great deal of stress in their life. As a result, the idea of being viewed as likable by someone is depicted in various literary works. However, what counts most is how teenagers and adolescents interpret this concept and attempt to modify themselves to be accepted in modern society, particularly by their friends. American television is sexually provocative, and it has become increasingly so in the last decade. Hugging, kissing, physical and verbal suggestiveness has more than doubled in that time, and sexual behaviors that were not depicted ten years before are now depicted.
2.Social media has affected and influenced adolescent behavior for as long as it has existed. When you’re a teenager, all you think about is wanting to fit in and be a part of the popular crowd. In my opinion, I would say around 80% of adolescents will be influenced by a post on social media. If a famous person such as Kim Kardashian posts an outfit and is trying to sell it, all the females will want to wear that same clothing. It has become a trend to look the same, put on the same makeup, and wear the same brands. I’m not sure what caused everyone to not be unique or try to be original, but in the past ten years society has changed enormously by being persuaded by social media. The music that was produced ten years ago compared to the music now is disturbingly terrible. All the rappers speak about is violence, crime, and corruption. Adolescents listen to this nonsense and want to act or do the things that rappers believe is normal. Committing crimes for money and using drugs while young is not behavior that should be motivating yet nowadays that is all I see. In the past, music was calm, smoothing, and puts people at peace. Society has changed tremendously, and I hope in the future this behavior does not proceed. Also, growing up my mother would always play the news and I would see people donating to charities, information on the school board, and traffic. In my time as an adult, I barely watch the news anymore because all I see is negative things going on in the world. Adolescents were more peaceful ten years ago and their behavior has become worse in this generation. My parents were born in the 1960’s and they were raised in a completely diverse environment. They don’t understand certain things like some technology and how to use social media apps. In our society now, most people can’t go a day without using their media accounts. Everything has changed and will continue to evolve; more technology is being built and adolescents will be even more influenced by the media.
References:
Steinberg, Laurence. Adolescence. McGraw-Hill US Higher ED, 2022.
3.One of the eight psychosocial crises that I experienced and remembered clearly was in the stage of adolescence. Adolescence is the period from puberty to young adulthood and is one of the most crucial developmental stages because a person must gain a firm sense of ego identity. The identity and identity confusion crisis reaches its ascendance during these stages (FEIST & FIEST, 2017). My experience revolved around what I wanted to do with my life occupation-wise. I attended a magnet high school, and all students had to pick a major they wanted to focus on throughout their time in school. There were majors such as nursing, early childhood, IT, veterinary, etc. I have always dreamt of becoming a veterinarian since I was a child, so I decided to major in veterinary medicine.
Erickson believed that exploring questions of occupational identity were critical issues during adolescence (FEIST & FIEST, 2017). As I got into my junior year, discussions of college and certifications began to come up, and I decided that I wanted to pursue my vet technician certification. I had to get 500 hours of community service and pass my exam to do so. I began an internship at an animal hospital from my junior year to the end of my senior year, reaching my goal for community service hours. I also passed my exam, so I was a certified vet technician by the time I graduated. But I began to question if this was what I wanted to do. During my internship, I wondered if I could become a veterinarian. I love animals so much, but I did not enjoy certain aspects of the job, such as surgery. So, when I graduated, I was lost and confused about what to do since I always thought I would want to be a veterinarian. All my friends were ahead of me, set ideas on what they wanted to do, and enrolled in college immediately. While I was left uncertain of what to do, I chose to take a year off to think of what I wanted to do. Some identity confusion is normal and necessary; young people must experience doubt and confusion about who they are before evolving to a stable identity (FEIST & FIEST, 2017). I figured out what occupation I wanted to pursue through my identity confusion stage, took some time off, and decided to enroll in college. I took an intro to psychology course and was fascinated. Not long after, I spoke to my counselor about having psychology become my major, and I have never looked back ever since. I love psychology so much, and I am glad through my experience, I was able to find what I wanted to do with my life.
References:
FEIST, J. E. S. S., & FIEST, G. (2017). Theories of personality. MCGRAW-HILL US HIGHER ED.
4.Shaping while forming an identity is crucial during the “identity versus role confusion”. It is the fifth stage of Erik Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development. I experienced this stage during my teen years given how it is enlightened during the childhood to adulthood era. During this transition, we establish a sense of self, and a platform is created for us to identify ourselves. Reflecting on my personal experience given the topic, I remember it was hard to balance who I wanted to be and how I wanted to be perceived. I cared very deeply and s a big overthinker which made me doubt myself and truly know my worth. I was lucky enough to have the support and guidance of my parents, who have always clothed me with love. My mom on one hand has always established that she was once my age, and tries not to forget that. Then my dad has always reminded me that my biggest obstacle or “enemy” is myself. Both of my parents have raised me to follow my intuition, to listen, to learn, to get up when I fall, to learn from my mistakes, all incrementing my knowledge. When it came to school I have always been very determined but there was a time during this phase that I doubted what career path I wanted to take. I did a lot of research and asked myself questions such as, “What makes me happy?” and “What will benefit me in the long run?”. Pushing those doubtful thoughts aside; allowing room for maturity, confidence, and determination to transcend and enlightened my mind. Eventually, all the factors that contributed to my development allowed me to successfully resolute towards the person I am now. I am a firm believer everything happens for a reason, and I do not take anything back otherwise I would not be where I am or who I have become.
Reference
Feist, G. J., Roberts, T.-A., & Feist, J. (2020). Theories of personality (10th ed.). McGraw Hill Education.
5.The multiple intelligence assessment quizzed us to get an idea of our strengths. My results revealed that my top three strengths are nature with a score of 4.57, social with a 4, and body movement with a score of 3.71. I have also received scores for five other strengths such as musical, self, spatial, language, and math, with music being the highest of the five with a score of 3.29 and math being the lowest with a score of 1.43. These results are pretty accurate because I find enjoyment in all three and feel they describe me well as a person. The assessment described nature as being sensitive to nature and the environment and having knowledge of plants and animals. Nature and animals are very important to me, and I believe this has to do with my upbringing. Both my parents and grandmother have taught me the importance of nature and always respecting it. We have always had many plants and gardens at home, which has always stuck with me. Now I have my own collection of plants, I enjoy caring for them, and I always try to add more plants to my collection. As for animals, I have always been an animal lover and always had many pets when I was growing up. I majored in veterinary medicine in high school and had an internship at an animal hospital. By the time I graduated high school, I had passed my exam to become a certified vet technician. I even joined a livestock group in high school, which I never thought I would do, but it allowed me to work with many new animals. Interest will motivate people to encounter new things (Silvia, 2008). Though I am no longer not studying to become a veterinarian, I still love animals.
I also love being outdoors, much like the assessment described, and I have always been that way. The second highest intelligence is social, described as likes developing ideas and learning from people. I enjoy engaging with others, especially when discussing ideas we may or may not agree on. I think it’s important to listen to other perspectives on different ideas because we may learn from each other. I also like talking, which the assessment pointed out. I can have a conversation with someone or a group and never get tired of it. The third highest intelligence was body movement. The assessment stated that body movement means you like to move, dance, wiggle, walk and swim. It also mentioned being good at sports, puzzles, and incorporating body movement while learning. I think this intelligence goes back to nature and being outdoors. I love staying active, whether it’s activities outside or going for a walk. I must run every day because it helps me destress from being at a computer all day. I have always enjoyed sports and love playing any sport with my friends and family. I also agree that incorporating body movements helps me retain information. I often pace while trying to remember new concepts, change locations while studying, and take a break from everything while I run. My lowest strength was math which was not a surprise for me. I have always struggled with math and truly felt miserable in math classes. When interested, students persisted longer at a learning task, read more deeply, remembered more of what they read, and got better grades in their classes (Silvia, 2008). I did not spend much time studying math and would want to spend as little time doing it. Through the multiple intelligence assessment, we got the opportunity to see what some of our strengths are that we may not have been aware of. Robinson (2010) stated in his TED talk “Bring on the learning revolution” that human talent is tremendously diverse, and people have very different aptitudes. Robinson’s words and this week’s assessment made me realize that we should spend more time figuring out our strengths and talents. Human resources are like natural resources; often buried deep, you have to go looking for them as they are not lying around on the surface (Robinson, 2010). By finding our strengths and talents, we’ll find our passion in life, bringing us excitement and happiness in what we do every day.
References:
Bring on the learning revolution! (2010). Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! | TED Talk. Retrieved February 21, 2022, from https://www.ted.com/talks/sir_ken_robinson_bring_on_the_learning_revolution?language=en.
Silvia, P. J. (2008). Interest—the curious emotion. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 17(1), 57–60. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8721.2008.00548.x
6.Listening to Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk “Bring on the learning revolution” made me realize that people who are not happy with their work or job are most likely not using their strengths or talents. Silvia (2008) describes interests as a source of intrinsic motivation for learning. Those who are interested in the subject at hand will not find it a burden to learn a task, to study the material, and will find it easier to remember more of what they are reading. From personal experience, I agree that I have a much easier and enjoyable time learning and studying science and psychology than I do studying American History.
Although it is evident that working or studying something you love is less of a burden, sometimes you have to do some work in order to discover what your interests are since they may not be so obvious. Robinson (2010) stated that human resources are like natural resources that are buried deep and you have to create that circumstances that allows for their discovery. Education often dislocates people from their natural talents and like the example Sir Ken Robinson gave, some institutions discourage certain careers such as a fireman even though that is what someone may genuinely have a passion for. After this TED talk, I was even more curious to take the multiple intelligence test.
The multiple intelligences test gave me a good idea of what my strengths are and the results were accurate. My first strength was being social (4.71), second came body movement (4.43), and third was self (4.14). The descriiption of social involves developing ideas and learning from other people. Those who are social like to talk and have good social skills. I would say I fit the descriiption since I like being around various types of people and make friends easily. I am not shy to start a conversation.
As for body movement, I consider myself a very active person. I grew up doing gymnastics and playing tennis and now go to the gym five times per week. I also do not like to stay in the same place for too long. I often have to get up and walk around a little if I have been sitting for too long. As for self, I do consider myself to be independent and like to be on my own. Despite loving to be social I also greatly appreciate my alone time. When it comes to group work, I rather work on things alone since I hate relying on people or trusting others with responsibilities that involve me. The assessment encourages journal writing and breathing for relaxation which are too things I will be incorporating into my daily routine because I know I will find them beneficial.
Meanwhile, my world intelligence was spatial. This does not surprise me because I consider myself to be disoriented. I need google maps for everything unless I have taken a route many many times.
references:
Bring on the learning revolution! (2010). Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! | TED Talk. Retrieved February 21, 2022, from https://www.ted.com/talks/sir_ken_robinson_bring_on_the_learning_revolution?language=en.
Silvia, P. J. (2008). Interest—the curious emotion. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 17(1), 57–60. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8721.2008.00548.x

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