PSYCH 476 October 19, 2011 Notes

PSYCH 476 October 19, 2011 Notes - 1 PSYCH 476 Positive...

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PSYCH 476 Positive Psychology October 19, 2011 Note.—If you did not take the midterm exam, please contact us immediately to arrange a makeup. Interests, Abilities, and Accomplishments Formula for accomplishment (Ingredients for accomplishment) o Accomplishment= instigators + opportunity + interest + ability + instruction and practice sustained over years in a context that recognizes purpose and efficacy o Instigators: similar others who show us what is possible. o Need instruction, ability, mentors matter o Accomplishments occur in places that recognize a larger purpose and the efficacy of an individual The ingredients of success from a positive psychology perspective (see Chapter 7 of the textbook for details) A Man Named Pearl The importance of achievement and success Positive psychology is often presented as a feel good, everything is beautiful approach to the human condition But part of what makes life worth living are achievement and success—doing well against objective standards of excellence Our attention is therefore drawn to what leads to achievement and success: psychological notions like interests and talents So, these are topics of great interest to positive psychology if not always to the fans of positive psychology The formula for accomplishment Emerging from positive psychology research is the following formula: Accomplishment = instigators + opportunity + interest + ability + instruction and practice sustained over years in a context that recognizes purpose and efficacy Instigators: those who show what is possible for similar others in 1
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an accomplishment domain. (eg., sports: Roger Bannister, Pele, Doug Williams, Se Ri Pak, Yu Na Kim) o Steve Jobs o 1 st year college students What needs to be emphasized in this formula is the “over years” qualification, captured in various research summaries Many years of practice before you can have an accomplishment o The 10-Year Rule: Must do something for 10 years o The 12-7 Rule: 12 hours a day 7 days a week o The 10,000 Hour Rule The Beatles in Hamburg. Beatles logged more hours in performances than most other live entertainers. Bill Gates as an 8 th grader: 10,000 hours programming Bill Joy at the University of Michigan … “the Edison of the Internet” … time-sharing. Put in 10,000 hours programming for U of M. o
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This note was uploaded on 12/19/2011 for the course PSYCH 476 taught by Professor Christopherpeterson during the Fall '11 term at University of Michigan.

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