Trauma Psychology Psy : 428. Dr. Charles Benight Professor of Psychology Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. SELF-EVALUATIVE PROCESSESING: COPING SELF-EFFICACY. Humans utilize self-evaluation in order to adapt to environmental challenges.
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Dr. Charles Benight
Professor of Psychology
Or Regressive Coping
Behavior: Psychological Outcomes
Relationships and Depth of Learning
Charles C. Benight, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology
Roman Cieslak, Ph.D.
Morgan Clinton, B.A.
Depth of Learning Through Meaningful Reflection
Working with Meaning
Journal Reflections. As part of the class I have found that students deepen their learning experience and their relationship with me as the professor if they journal during the day after each class period. This is NOT meant to be a lengthy time consuming exercise, but more a reflective one where you take a few moments to think about the class, what you learned, and how it has affected you. This gives me the opportunity to have a greater appreciation for you as a student and how the class is going for you. So I would like you to journal each week and send it to me via email to email@example.com.
I would also like you answer each of these questions at the end of every journal by writing down three numbers such as 5, 7, 9 or something like that.
How comfortable you are feeling in class scale of 1 to 10 (1 = Not at all Comfortable to 10 = Very Trusting and Comfortable).
Your perceptions of how capable you feel in mastering the material scale of 1 to 10 (1 = Not at all Capable to 10 = Extremely Capable).
And how motivated you are feeling 1 – 10 (1 = Not at all Motivated to 10 = Very Motivated).
This past week in class we learned a great deal about "trauma" and
what it means as well as how it effects the mind. It was quite
interesting to hear what happens to one's mind after a traumatic event
and to learn about the natural progression of intrusive thoughts. I
had always thought that it was best to just not think of such
traumatic events and they would just go away. After last class I
realized that not talking about experiences just makes things worse.
The trauma doesn't go away and instead is subconsciously integrated
into our lives. Bringing the trauma to the surface and dealing with it
is necessary to over come it and avoid the "black hole of trauma".
1. Comfort level: 8
2. Mastering material: 4. I'm a bit nervous about the paper we have to
write. I've never written a paper as lengthy and in depth before.
3. Motivation: 7
Today in class we talked a bit about the paper, which has me a little
concerned. I am slightly nervous about the length of my paragraphs; I
tend to have quite lengthy paragraphs. I'm going to really have to work
on that. Also I'm nervous about critically evaluating the articles for
our papers, what if I miss something or I'm not detailed enough? This
is going to be a difficult assignment for me. Also in class we talked
a lot about social-cognitive theory as well as self-efficacy. I'm
still confused about what exactly self-efficacy is. With the example
of Maddie throwing paper into the trashcan, is self-efficacy how well
she perceives she will do? She perceived her self-efficacy as a seven
and then received feedback from the class, which dropped her
self-efficacy to a six. So is self-efficacy highly influenced by
social aspects? My interpretation of self-efficacy in relation to a
trauma victim is their ability to cope with the trauma or their
perceived ability to cope with trauma. Am I on the right track?
Mastering Materials: 6
Hi Morgan. First off, we need to get your confidence and motivation up higher! I want to help you. As far as self efficacy is concerned you are definitely on the right track. We will talk more about it. Don't worry so much about the paper, let's work on that together.
Today in class we learned about Social Support Deterioration
Deterrence Model. I found the correlation between received and
preceived support very interesting. I would not have suspected the
perceived support to be such a big factor in psychological outcome but
it does make sense that one would have greater self-efficacy if they
felt they had a lot of support. It's also hard when your usual support
system is also impacted by the disaster trauma because now the people
who usually supported you are now also in need of support. I also
wondered if the perceived support would decrease with a second
disaster. For instance, with the Haymen fires the people effected by
the fire may have had a high perceived support system, but after the
recession of the social mobilization and seeing the effects of the
rule of relative advantage, how high would they perceive their support
system when the floods came through? I would suspect they would have a
much lower perception of support for the second trauma.
Hi Morgan, I think we should meet up to figure out how to get you back on
track. Are you open to that? Are you planning on coming to either of the
extra sessions? I like what you said in this journal. Your point about
the one-two punch for the fire and flood is a very interesting one. I
wish I had gotten up there before the flood so I would have had those
data. Hang in there with this class. You can do it! When we meet I
would like to set out a plan for you that will help you to get things
focused and you can succeed. You game? Take care.
Today in class we talked about Resilience. I'm still having a hard
time differentiating between Coping Self-Efficacy and Resilience. Is
Resiliency just the group of people who experience a traumatic event
but do not experience any psychopathology? Is that to say they do not
experience the stress of the event and intrusive thoughts or they just
do not experience the lingering effects of trauma? Would this group be
considered having normal responses perpetuated by the majority of the
population and other responses would be the abnormal way of dealing
with traumatic events? With the example of Joe in "Touching the Void",
his determination to live seems to be an extraordinary case of
resiliency far from the resilience of the majority of the population.
I do not think this individual should be classified in the same group
as resilient "normal" individuals; his experience is far from normal.
Resiliency, to my understanding, is the lack of psychopathology, not
the drive and motivation to keep going.
Our last and final journal.
This class has changed my life. Over the last few months I have had to come to terms with events and family situtations that in the past might have overwhelmed me completely. I have been able to set boundaries and create a more positive living conditions. I have been able to see short-term goals be achieved in my own life.
I have learned that setting boundaries are not just for keeping the bad stuff out, but for protecting the good on the inside. I have learned that I have the strength and compassion to work with others.
I have found that the connection of the academic and scholarly to the human condition be the most meaningful. We are cognitive beings and it is important to remember that we are only limited by ourselves. We can do anything if we put our mind to it. It isn't just a turn-of-phrase.
My life has already been affected by the knowledge i have gained. Like i said above i have been able to get out from under the abuse i suffered throughout my childhood. I have finally had the strength to take my abusers to court and get justice for myself. I have been able to face my abusers and stop lying to myself. I took the blind fold off my life and was able to see that their our people who can love me and not hurt me.
I want to thank you again for being kind to me. I don't know how to show the gratitude i feel for the insight, encouragement and kinds words who have offered me.
I hope to see you in my graduate school studies, even though i am not that interested in research.
See you next week.