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Milgram’s Obedience Study: BAD!!!

Published February 27, 2014 by konchk

As of recently, my good friend Noodles and I are learning about ethical standards to be followed during psychological experiments for that Research Methods class of ours. Specifically, we’ve been learned what not to do. For instance, do not lead participants believe that they are killing anyone. That’s just mean in itself. I would be so conflicted about myself as a human being if I were one. Eeesh… Yup, that’s what I learned. Enjoy watching.

P.S. This video gives me the creeps

 

 

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A Dozen Things About Me I Am Okay With

Published February 25, 2014 by konchk
Little troll says it's okay to not be perfect. It's okay to settle for happy :)

Little troll says it’s okay to not be perfect. It’s okay to settle for happy 🙂

As it is Tuesday, and I am supposedly supposed to share a bit about myself, I will listen to my good ole friend, Sully, and write about what I like about myself. But despite what he thinks me having “low self esteem” and always “putting myself down” this actually won’t be entirely too difficult for me. What people don’t know is that I poke fun at myself, reject compliments, and typically don’t go on and on about awesome stuff about me, is because I don’t feel like I need to. Sorry, that sounds a bit conceited. But it’s a whole loving-me-for-me thing. I promise.

It might surprise you that the people that feel the most vulnerable about themselves are the ones who search for compliments, put themselves in gorgeous, glamorous lights, and deny any sort of fault they possibly may have. I don’t necessarily think I’m perfect…God no…but I feel perfectly fine waking up every morning knowing I have plenty of issues. Ha. I know I’m clumsy, so I laugh it off when I slip on the ice or trip over my own steps. I know I may have a funny-looking face so I joke and say how hideous I look. I know I can be a bit absent-minded and daydreamy at times, but I’ll keep on being all happy-like in my own little world. It doesn’t bother me none. I know I can be a bit lazy at times, but everybody needs to be a little lazy at times or they go crazy. Especially in college. I know I am kind of a scrawny string-bean, but I won’t put myself down for it. Everybody’s bodies are built a little differently. And I know I can make some silly mistakes, but so does everybody. I know that I am far, far from perfect, but I still do love being me.

1. I love that I can say the alphabet backwards. It kind of is a useless talent, unless I plan on getting drunk and pulled over anytime soon. Which I don’t, for multiple reasons (one being that I don’t have my driver’s liscense yet). But it is an ice-breaker and conversation starter at parties.

2. I love that I am able to look on the bright side of things, even if it doesn’t feel like there isn’t much good around to see. I believe more than anything that the strongest people try their best to keep their smile showing.

3. I love that I’m nice. It may sound a bit cliche, but it seems like our society puts down people that are just nice. You know, the whole “nice guys finish last” ordeal. But simply being nice doesn’t make you any less strong-willed, confident, or successful. And it sure doesn’t make you anymore fragile. Just imagine how difficult it actually is to put up with others crapola with a bit of sympathy. It’s actually fairly difficult to be nice and get treated with respect. But not impossible.

4. Keeping the positivity thing in mind, I like that I am able to move past my regrets, mistakes, and heartbreaks. It makes me seem pretty flippant about my situations, I know. However, I try to keep myself moving, looking for what others people have to offer me, and mostly what I have to offer others.

5. I love that I am curious, always looking for ways to understand absolutely everything and everyone. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I do not know everything, and that not everything is as what it seems. It’s all part of the journey, I suppose. But that is, I guess, part of the reason why I am so enthused about exploring the world of psycho-ology.

6. Even though I am a very sensitive and emotional person, I am indeed pleased in how my way of thinking has sort of changed since leaving that strange world of Saint Paul. I am more prone to rational thinking than emotional outbursts than I used to be. Or is it the other way around? Not entirely sure yet.

7. I actually do like being very imperfect. It makes people feel a bit more comfortable around you.

8. I love that I place much more importance on the right things than I used to. I have grown to having unbreakable loyalty to the good people in my life: my lovely friends and family.

9. I love how weird I am. I am proud to be a part of a Cheaper by the Dozen family and to have been born in my mother’s bedroom. Amongst many other oddities.

10. I love being passionate about the things I’m passionate about. That sentence doesn’t seem quite right, but neither do I. I have to be passionate, though, because the only for me to get things done is to be absolutely-dutely enthralled about them.

11. I love that dogs and babies just stare when I’m around. It might be because I’m kind of a strange human being, but it also might because babies/animals have some special, instinctual sense about people…and that makes me feel a bit special myself.

12. I love being me.

Well, I sure do hope that is good enough for Sully. Have a lovely night all 🙂

11 Tips On How to Avoid Heartbreak

Published February 14, 2014 by konchk

I thought I would be fully prepared to give some all-knowing love advice, in the spirit of gold ole Saint Valentine’s Day. But if I were to be perfectly honest,  I don’t know the slightest thing about love. I only know the “what not to do or you will get terribly hurt” tips. I guess I can share a bit with all of you lovely ladies out there.

1. Don’t be yourself. When you start showing your inner weirdness you seem…weird. Boys like to be able predict an outcome without any effort involved into getting to know you.
2. Don’t ever show you care. They will use that against you to get what they want.
3. Don’t show your feelings. Those things are a nuisance.
4. Don’t go out of your way for them. It’s giving them a reason to expect you to go out of your way.
5. Don’t share any personal information.  They don’t want to know.
6. Don’t expect anything out of them. You will be thoroughly disappointed and awkward conflicts arise.
7. Don’t ask for a future with them. If they didn’t ask you for one,  it means they don’t want one.
8. Don’t look anything less than a Victoria’s Secret model. Men are purely visual and criticize anything less than perfection.
9. Don’t date because you want to form some meaningful connection. Date for some easy sex.
10. Don’t text the guy faster than he texts you. And don’t even think about texting first. You’ll seem over eager and easy.
11. Don’t fall in love.

Scratch that…. these are all rules if you are wasting your time on the wrong guy.  There are fish-a-plenty out there. There are men who would willingly treat you like a lady. And even if it takes you forever to find him,  you’ll still be okay. I’m sure there is something about you that’s pretty/amusing/funny/smart/absolutely stunning. You most definitely deserve someone who can make you happy. That’s about it…. Don’t mind me. Gonna go finish that Domino’s pizza I ordered.

What Neuropsychology Has to Say About Male/Female Minds

Published February 6, 2014 by konchk

Male and Female Brains

I am, as of now, looking for another way to side-track myself from perfecting my essay for Neuropsychology. Paper due tomorrow. It’s a pretty cool article that I need to kick my butt into gear and write about, if I must say so myself. Put this on your must-read list: https://bb.ndsu.nodak.edu/bbcswebdav/pid-2590604-dt-content-rid-11339623_2/courses/143-NDSU-16053/PNAS-2013-Ingalhalikar-1316909110.pdf

In short, there are a bunch of fancy words that basically say what we all know about the differences of the brain structures of dudes and dudettes. Basically, guys can only think about one thing at a time and gals think about everything all at one moment. I’ll try explaining it in better terms: Men have faster neural connections in one hemisphere at a given time, while women have faster neural connections between both left and right hemispheres.

This makes it so dudes can perform on spatial and motor related tasks. For example: Man sees how far away football is. Man can catch football. Ladies, on the other hand, are able to use those interconnections in both left and right hemispheres to, let me quote: “to facilitate communication between analytical and intuitive processing modes”(Ingalhalikar, Smith, Parker, Satterthwaite, Elliot, Ruparel, Hakonarson, Gur, Gur, & Verma, 2013). Basically, ladies focus on memory and social communication with other humans. For example: Lady looks for ways to assess and understand social situations so she can make problem-solving decisions and communicate her desires. I do suppose I am a bit biased because I am part of the female gender, but you get my drift…even if you have intra-, instead of inter- neural connections.

I guess this is partially where the whole, male-female tension stems from. From a male’s perspective, the female is thinking too much or looking too deep into a situation. Why not just catch the darn football? It’s five and three-quarters feet in front of you! From a female’s perspective, the male isn’t thinking nearly enough. Why do you need to catch that football? What good is going to come out of it? How do you think catching that ball is going to do good for anyone? Why not do anything more useful/meaningful with your time? To spell it point-blank for all of you lovely ladies out there–most of the time, guys don’t think about everything all at once like you are. They probably aren’t wondering where you got your dress or what you’re feeling at that specific moment unless you straight-up tell him. I’m not bashing on any gender in particular…we’re all just different, thanks to those complex neurons firing in/between our left and right hemispheres. And men, women don’t merely think too much or are digging too deep into a situation. Maybe they see something you might be missing because you were too busy trying to perfect those precious motor skills of yours.

Well, yep…That’s all I have to say at this particular moment. I should probably stop distracting myself. I’ll go write that darn paper.

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