Lecture 7 - 25.01.11

Lecture 7 - 25.01.11 - 25th January 2011 Psych 178 Lecture...

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25 th January 2011 Psych 178 – Lecture 7 The Person as a Machine Lewin’s Theory – The person as a point in space Approach avoidance conflicts are also difficult to resolve: you want to buy a new car but it’s expensive. You want to drink a milkshake but it’s fattening. o They are stable difficult to resolve. Substitution: how can one goal substitute for another. When one goal is unavailable can another substitute for it? o You are madly in love with Mary but Mary moves to Alaska. She is no longer a feasible mate but you do not want to choose anyone over Mary. She cannot be replaced. o Freud thinks that this is a closed energy system and once you spend all this energy on Mary and wanting to be with her, you have less energy to do other things. o Lewin does not think this is true, but nonetheless this dilemma makes a tense system. This is partially permeable and the tensions can spread. The tension can spread to Jane and she achieves a positive valence only because you are interested in Mary. Jane now has substitute value for Mary. (Open energy system) o Something acquires its value because something else is unavailable. Jane is only a substitution for
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This note was uploaded on 03/07/2011 for the course PSYCH 178 taught by Professor Weiner during the Winter '11 term at UCLA.

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Lecture 7 - 25.01.11 - 25th January 2011 Psych 178 Lecture...

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