Psychology and Personal Growth

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-07-10
  • Publisher: Pearson

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This established collection of readings uses articles and photo-essays to apply psychology to personal growth and development. The text guides students in learning about themselves and interacting with society. Its six major themesidentity, human communication, growth dynamics, feelings and emotions, human relationships, and leading a quality lifeprovide a thought-provoking look at how psychology influences personal development.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
Thanksp. xiv
And More Thanksp. xviii
Identityp. 1
Introduction and Overviewp. 1
The Search for Identity: A Modern Problemp. 4
Rubricizingp. 8
The American Inquisitionp. 12
Mindfulnessp. 16
Tomorrow's Sunsetp. 17
More or Less Inventoryp. 18
Suddenly I'm the Adult?p. 19
The Emerging Adult: Challengesp. 21
CrazyBusyp. 25
Harrison Bergeronp. 31
Occupational Explorationp. 36
The Emerging Adult: The Work Worldp. 37
Gender Roles: Positive and Negativep. 40
You're in Prisonp. 41
If I Were a Car, I'd Be a Lemonp. 46
Think "People First"p. 53
Applied Activities for Section One
Childhood Surveyp. 54
Are You an Adult?p. 56
A New Identityp. 57
Symbolic Identityp. 57
Human Communicationp. 59
Introduction and Overviewp. 59
Interpersonal Communicationp. 61
To Hear and to Be Heardp. 66
Johnny Bear and the Empathp. 70
John Steinbeck on Listeningp. 72
Self-Disclosurep. 73
Continual Partial Attentionp. 81
You Just Don't Understandp. 84
Assertive, Nonassertive, and Aggressive Behaviorp. 87
Personal Journaling as a Life Companionp. 94
Awakening Intuitionp. 100
Sensational Livingp. 104
Soldier on a Planep. 109
Applied Activities for Section Two
Lifestoriesp. 110
Sender-Receiver Exchangep. 111
Point of Viewp. 113
Effective Communicator Checklistp. 114
He Said, She Saidp. 114
A Communication Medleyp. 115
Intuition Historyp. 116
Intuitive Problem-Solving through Guided Imageryp. 117
Journal Beginningsp. 118
Growth Dynamicsp. 119
Introduction and Overviewp. 119
Self-Actualizing and Beyondp. 123
Uniquenessp. 127
Getting Unstuck: Joyfully Recreating Your Lifep. 131
The Emerging Adult: Finding a Passion, Modifying Dreams, and Furthering Educationp. 137
The Unpredictablep. 139
The Lesson of the Cliffp. 142
Small Terrors, Secret Heroicsp. 147
Herbiep. 152
Fooling Yourselfp. 155
Too Perfectp. 160
Advice to William Somebodyp. 166
Left Behindp. 170
Vital Momentsp. 172
The Pace of Growthp. 176
No One's Perfectp. 178
Applied Activities for Section Three
Evolution of a Person #1p. 179
Stretching Limitsp. 179
Trait Exaggerationp. 180
Strengths Recognitionp. 180
First Timesp. 181
Depression Checklistp. 181
Human Relationshipsp. 183
Introduction and Overviewp. 183
Shouldersp. 186
Intimate Relationship Choicesp. 188
Making Marriage Workp. 190
Sometimes It Rainsp. 197
Are Money Fights Ruining Your Marriage?p. 199
Thoughts on Intimacyp. 204
In Your Facep. 207
Kinds of Friendsp. 209
Lamenting the Fading of Friendshipsp. 210
Thoughts on Friendsp. 212
The Human Potential of Whip Gimbyp. 215
Parentsp. 219
The Emerging Adult: Finding Friends, Living Alone, and Living with Parentsp. 225
Thoughts on Siblingsp. 227
Think Nannyp. 230
Thoughts on Mentoringp. 232
Resolving Interpersonal Conflictsp. 234
Making an Apologyp. 238
The Missing Halloweenp. 240
Applied Activities for Section Four
Perception Inventoryp. 242
Love Mapsp. 244
Sexuality Quizp. 245
Heroes, Heroines, and Role Modelsp. 247
Family Sayingsp. 248
Emotions and Feelingsp. 249
Introduction and Overviewp. 249
What's Your Emotional I.Q.?p. 252
Grumblesp. 256
Worryp. 258
The Positive Face of Anxietyp. 261
You Never Knowp. 264
The Causes of Lonelinessp. 266
Little Joysp. 273
Angerp. 276
A Matter of Principlep. 280
Sarcasm and Apathyp. 283
My Tyrantp. 285
Jealousy and Envy: The Demons within Usp. 288
On the Death of a Fatherp. 293
Loss and Mourningp. 296
Applied Activities for Section Five
Emotional Charadesp. 300
Emotions and Perceptionp. 300
Listening to Emotionsp. 301
Nonverbal Observationsp. 302
Anger Managementp. 302
The Neighborp. 304
A Quality Lifep. 305
Introduction and Overviewp. 305
Having the Time of Your Lifep. 309
Time Quotesp. 314
Man's Search for Meaningp. 316
The Happiness Machinep. 320
The Last Leafp. 326
Teachers in the Forestp. 331
Nature Quotesp. 336
Personality and Money Orientationsp. 338
Thoughts on Moneyp. 341
Personal Death Awareness (PDA)p. 344
Silicon Snake Oilp. 348
Controlling Your Technologiesp. 351
Ten Symptoms of Computer Addictionp. 352
To See Anewp. 354
Who Will Play Your Music?p. 357
Applied Activities for Section Six
The Someday Listp. 362
Talking to Wise Personsp. 363
Evolution of a Person #2p. 364
Epiloguep. 365
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