I have really enjoyed teaching my psychology class this term. To teach something well and effectively, you almost need to master the material, or at least know it so well that you don’t have to look at your lesson plan when a student asks you a question. (Guilty). I always enjoyed Psych topics and possibly want to go into the field, but simply studying it in college never gives you enough. Teaching it is another story.
Here is an assignment I did recently for my class (among many categories, including personality, memory, sleep, behaviorism and learning, fears and anxiety, temptation) on Social Pyschology. The topic was threefold:
1. Are we really our selves? Or is my self just a myth that is created by the more powerful forces of society (called a social matrix) that make me think in certain ways and conform to certain opinions. This is your typical free will vs. determinism question.
Watch this clip to increase your thinking on the topic: Red Pill Blue Pill
2. What are the forces that make us behave in certain ways? Where does power come from and why do we want to be a part of it? Watch these clips.
Obedience to authority despite ethics: Milgram Experiment
Conforming to majority opinion for acceptance or avoiding discomfort: Asch Experiment
3. IF there is some credibility to the idea of a force that makes us into who we are (a matrix force), are we really experiencing these things in reality, or is there just a wool over our eyes? Are we awake, or are we dreaming? When we touch a chair, how do we know that it is real other than through our sensory perceptions. But if our sensory perceptions are just a dream, then what is metaphysically real?
Are we in the real world, or a dream world (can we know the difference): The Construct
Knowing when you are dreaming: Waking Life
Read this quote from RW Emerson: “Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. Society is a joint-stock company, in which the members agree, for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater. The virtue in most requests is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion.”
Are we slaves to the social forces around us? Is there a spoon? Or is there no spoon? I have my answers to these questions. Do you?