Sunday, October 20

Excerpts from my psychology textbook

My psychology textbook is the book of wonders! It always got those nifty sidenotes of quotes from famous people and little neat information to know about life and people.

This little story tests your moral thinking and determine which stage of moral you are at. [Preconventional morality, conventional morality, or postconventional morality accordingly to Piaget's theory]

In Europe, a woman was near death from a very bad disease, a sepcial kind of cancer. There was one drug that the doctors thought might have save her. It was a form of radium that a druggist in the same town had recently discovered. The drug was expensive to make, but the druggist was charging 10 times what the drug cost him to make. He paid $200 for the radium and charged $2000 for a small dose of the drug. The sick woman's husband, Heinz, went to everyone he knew to borrow the mone, but he could get together only about $1000, which was half of what it cost. He told the druggist that his wife was dying and asked him to sell it cheaper or let him pay later. But the druggist said, "No, I discovered the drug and I'm going to make money from it." Heinz got desperate and broke into the man's store to steal the drug for his wife.
Now, think about those questions in the following: Should Heinz have stolen the drug? is Heinz wrong to break into this man's property? should heinz be arrested? Is the druggist wrong to want to have more money? Who is right and wrong? Who is breaking the law? and finally- WHY?

Now another little story that may explains why men are so stupid. [no offends!]

"The gender difference in connectedness carreis into adulthood. Women, being more interdependent, use converstation to explore relationship; men use it to communicate solutions (Tannen, 1990). Asked difficult questions- "Do you have an idea why the sky is blue?" "Do you have any idea why shorter people live longer?"- men are more likely than women to hazard answers rather than admit they don't know, a phenomenon that Traci Giuliano and her colleagues (1998a,b) call the male answer syndrome."

Now to the nifty sidenotes of the psychology book:

"What is the difference between a man and E.T.? E.T. phoned home." Anonymous.

"They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist--." General John Sedgwick's last words uttered during a US Civil War battle, 1864.

"It's not that gay men are oversexed; they are simply men whose male desires bounce off other male desires rather than off female desires." Steven Pinker, How the Mind Works 1997

"I contend that nature has given males the heaviest burden of all: the burden of always having to Make the First Move, and thereby risk getting Shot Down. I don't know WHY males get stuck with this burden, but it's true throughout the animal kingdom....It is always the male bird who does the courting dance, making a totaly moron of himself, while the female bird jus stands there, looking aloof, thikning about what she's going to tell her girlfriends. ('And then he hopped around on one foot! Like I'm supposed to be impressed by THAT!')." Dave Barry, Miami Herald 1999.

"The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder." Ralph W. Sockman.

"When the pilot told us to brace and grab our ankles, the first thing that went throught my mind wa that we must all look pretty stupid." Jeremiah Rawlings, age 12, after a 1989 plane crash in Sioux City, Iowa. (on the chapter about teenagers worrying about others' thoughs and opinions)

"How will you look back on your life 10 years from now? Are you making choices that someday you will recollect with satisfaction? In one survey, adults' most common regret was not having taken their education seriously. (Kinner & Metha, 1989)"

"I am still learning." MIchelangelo, 1560 at age 85.

I love this book. ^_^

The book for psychology class I take at my school is the sixth edition of Psychology written by David G. Myers.

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