PSYC 290 West Coast University Psychology Discussion
Too Mature, Too Fast?
Some researchers believe that early maturation might make girls susceptible to premature sexual activity and unwanted pregnancies. Do you agree? What are some of the possible consequences of the body maturing more rapidly than the mind for both girls and boys? Support your reasoning with information from the text and other course materials.
|Resiliency in Adolescence
What makes some teens more resilient and better able to handle adolescent stress than others? Offer an example of a common teen stressor, and consider Erik Erikson’s ideas about identity development during adolescence, cultural influences, and peer and family relationships. Support your reasoning with information from the text and other course materials.
Technology and Love: Is it a match?
Developmental theorists claim that finding a partner is one of the things we focus most on during young adulthood. Today, research indicates that more and more individuals are turning to online dating in the search for love. Do you feel this is an effective way to search for a companion? Why or why not? The article, Five Myths about Online Dating, briefly addresses some issues that arise with the quest for finding a partner through the Internet. Support your reasoning with information from the text, course materials, and the article.
|A Creative Life: Is it all about curiosity?
Some psychologists claim that creativity peaks in early adulthood. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyl is a psychologist who offers strategies for increasing creativity in one’s life. He claims that creative people regularly experience a state he calls flow, which is a heightened state of pleasure experienced when they engage in challenging tasks that absorb their interest. Csikszentmihalyl claims that the first step in achieving a more creative life is through curiosity and interest. Do you agree with Csikszentmihalyl that curiosity and interest can lead to a more creative life? Do you think heredity plays any role in creativity? Why or why not? What other factors may lead to heightened creativity in early adulthood? Support your reasoning with information from the text and other course materials.