Psych2240_Chp_9 copy - Psych Chp.9 it is not how much money you have but rather how you think about your existence including comparing yourself to

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- it is not how much money you have but rather how you think about your existence, including comparing yourself to other people Existentialism: -existentialism: an area of philosophy concerned with the meaning of human existence - sometimes speak of being-in-the-world -this is an idea of Martin Heidegger Being in the world: the existentialist idea that the self cannot exist without a world and the world cannot exist withough a person or being to perceive it -a traditional positivist view positivism : the philosophical view of the world that focuses on the laws that govern the behvaior of objects in the world i.e. left turning rats have been trained to do so -nonpositivist: nothing would exist if people were not here to see it the world changes as people's ideas about it change -the idea of the world is distinctly human construction -problem: positivism usually works, there are laws and regularities that do a good job of explaining the world ***self cannot exist without a world and the world cannot exist without a person to perceive it - we must examine people striving to make sense of their worlds by examining human beings in their worlds - does not consider why we think this way but rather that we think this way -ethics are part of being human Phenomenological View: camus: absurdity of existence sartre: must be free actors in which we decide on our fate phenomenological: the concept that people's perceptions or subjective realities are considered valid data for investigation i.e. two people can view a situation very differently and this difference is what should be studied Humanism: A philoshopical movement that emphasizes the personal worth of the individual and the importance of human values. -attends to matters of ethics and personal worth Dialectical Tension: Concept used by Mihaly Csikeszentmihalyi for the idea that creative people tend to ahve traits that are seemingly contradictory but that play a role in their creativity. -Maslow called humanisitc osychology the "third force"
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This note was uploaded on 09/09/2011 for the course PSYC 2240 taught by Professor Mattheson during the Spring '10 term at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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