Sociopaths–Final Blog

I feel that something that stuck out to me throughout the semester was when we learned about Sociopaths. I feel this because over the summer, I was introduced to one. I was not told he was a sociopath until I hung out with him a few times with some friends. He told me, and I did not believe him, then his friends confirmed. He was on several medications, and he also used drugs, and drank alcohol. During a conversation with him, he told me that he had an anger problem and his girlfriend made him angry one time and he hit her, so he went to jail. He had just recently gotten out of jail for assault. He also tried many times to seduce me, but he did not succeed. He sacred me greatly so I tried very hard to lose contact with him. He tried to contact me a couple times and I did not answer him or talk to him at all. When I saw him in public, I avoided him and made sure I left places before he could get a chance to talk to me. I have not seen him since the summer, and I do not plan on it. Nobody came out and told me that he was a sociopath, but in my head I diagnosed him, mostly because I though he was crazy, but mostly because he told me he had anger problems. I feel this will help me by knowing the “symptoms” and how they act.

Honestly, I did not like this class of Psychology 101, I did not feel that the things covered in this class were a one hundred level class. When speaking to a counselor who reviewed my notes, she told me that she did not learn the things we are being taught until she reached graduate school. I also did not like the way that this class was a lecture based class. I do not do well with just taking notes and listening to a professor talk. I like more interactive classrooms, and feel that the class should better fit the likings of the students. I feel that I talk for a lot of students when I say that.



I feel this article is very on point with all six of its points.

I have had many personal experiences with pretty much all of them. For example; number four: interpersonal relationships. I have had many relationships where my boyfriend was a musician, and usually the music they played were some of my favorite bands. (The Beatles, Nirvana, Radiohead, etc.) I feel that I was more attracted them due to the fact that they did play an instrument and that they did play some of my favorite artists. Another example; number two, negative mood management. And number one, positive mood management. I always listen to music; when I am happy, when I am upset or mad, when I am content, with friends, by myself, doing school work, in the shower, driving, pretty much all the time. Sometimes I even listen to music while I sleep. I listen to different kinds of music when doing it. When I am mad, I usually listen to loud, or “angry” music. When I am happy, I listen to more upbeat or fun music. It just puts me in a good mood, listening to music. When I want to be mad for a while, I would just go on a walk and listen to really angry music and just walk out my anger to the beat of my music.

The song I picked for this assignment is Outside Looking In by Jordan Pruitt.

You don’t know my name
You don’t know anything about me
I try to play nice
I want to be in your game
The things that you say
You may think  I never hear about them
But word travels fast
I’m telling you to your  face
I’m standing here behind your back

You don’t know how it feels  to be outside the crowd
You don’t know what it’s like to be left out
And you don’t know how it feels to be your own best friend
On the  outside looking in

If you could read my mind
You might see more of  me than meets the eye
And you’ve been all wrong
not who you think I  am
you’ve never given me a chance

You don’t know how it feels to be  outside the crowd
You don’t know what it’s like to be left out
And you  don’t know how it feels to be your own best friend
On the outside looking in

I’m tired of staying at home
I’m  bored and all alone
I’m sick of wasting all my time

You don’t know  how it feels to be outside the crowd
You don’t know what it’s like to be left out
And you don’t know how it feels to be your own best friend
On  the outside looking in

You don’t know how it feels to be outside the  crowd
You don’t know what it’s like to be left out
And you don’t know how it feels to be your own best friend
On the outside looking in (lyrics found on (found on

The term I used was (social) ostracism and I feel it shows in the title and in the song itself that the girl singing feels excluded and nobody likes her. In class we said that it is used worldwide as punishment, and that it threatens the need to belong. In this song, it says that someone is saying stuff behind her back, and she says she has heard it all before, but if you look deeper into the song, you can tell that this really hurts her that people will not give her a chance to get to know her, or even try to be her friend. This song was written for a Disney movie called Read it and Weep, which is about a girl who writes in her diary about everyone in her school, good and bad, and it gets out as a new book, and pretty much everyone in the school shuns here (social ostracism) but at the end of the movie, she gets her friends back. In class, we also talked about how there is physical and emotional pain that comes from ostracism. In the song, you can tell that she is in extreme emotional pain with the fact that she keeps saying “you don’t know how it feels…” she is saying it in a more emotional than physical sense.

Social Psychology Re-blog

The term I picked was “Scapegoat Theory“. I picked this term, because I have heard this term before a bunch of times, and I never knew what it meant, and I have always been curious about what all it entailed.

The blog I have found is

This blog talked about the history of the word scapegoat, and how it was used many times. It explained that in the Hebrew culture they actually used a goat and let all their sins on to it, then took it out into the wild to let it die. The Ancient Grecians chose a beggar, cripple, or criminal to be shunned out of their society due to a natural disaster. Henry VIII scapegoated his wives by saying they were the reasons they didn’t give him a son (heir). It also said that the witch burnings were scapegoats due to the fact that they could not explain some of the phenomenas. A lot of people then, and now blamed the Jews for WWII because they thought that Hitler might have been right, and that they did do something wrong.  It basically says that people always want someone or something to blame other than themselves.

This blog relates to what we learned in class because, in class we did talk about this history and what happened in World War 2. Even from the beginning of time, people pointed their blame on other people or objects so that they could just direct it onto something else. Many people pointed at helpless things as their scapegoat, like what we do today. People pointed it at animals, beggars, cripples, criminals, wives, witches, and even Jews. Most people thought this was the right thing to do, and if you tried to speak up and not go with what the majority of people agreed on, they became the next target.


Encoding Failure

I chose the word Encoding Failure. I chose this word because I want to further understand what it does, and what can be easy to not remember and what can not.

I found this little blog about Encoding Failure

This blog tell you basically what encoding failure is, and what it does. This blog tells me that long term memory is never encoded, and that encoding is affected by age. Due to the fact that it is affected by age, this explains to us why the memory declines as you get older. (53) It also tells us that some things that contribute to forgetting is absentmindedness and blocking. (68)  It also tells us that humans are selectively attentive, but we also encode some information automatically. (84) Sometimes we have a hard time remembering things, but we eventually remember them, so that memory is not fully gone.

Emotion Detection

After reading the blog “Psych Your Mind”, I feel that I will do pretty good, because I feel I am very good at detecting emotions from people, and people show the most emotion through their eyes. I feel I will be in the average range, but I will do pretty well.

After completing this test, I feel that I was correct for the most part about my hypothesis of how I was going to do. That test was more difficult than I had originally thought it was going to be. My score was a 24. The typical score is in the range 22-30.  I feel I did do well, but I also feel I was a little over confident about knowing them. I do think they a couple eyes were the same, it was either my bad judgment, or they actually were some of the same eyes.

Re-Blog Assignment

The word I chose is cognition.

I chose this word because it has to do with a lot of things that the brain does, like thinking, knowing, remembering, and communicating. I also chose this because I don’t really understand the whole meaning, and I would like to understand it fully.

 A lot of people assume that educational success depends on children’s abilities in preschool age, it is also determined particularly by the family. The family’s influence is measured as the effect of education of the care taker and by their home environment.  The home life is determined by the material in the homes like toys, books, chores, etc. It is also determined by joint time, like going to an art/history museum, or some place educational and fun for the child. Home-influence is by educational and non-educational aspects of the families.

This source relates to my word by showing how it directly relates to the cognition of development of children in preschool. It shows how home life does relate to how the child learns, like if the child has a lot of home stimulation (i.e. books, educational puzzles, etc.) it also shows the difference between countries, and which one has more stimulation at home.64 It also shows social class, and how the difference between higher paid families differ from more poverty stricken families.83 It says “early cognitive outcomes do not consider the cognitive development of the child prior to the dependent outcome”.

What we covered in class was that it was part Piaget’s Stages of Cognitive Development, and that it was the mechanisms of learning.



  • Sensation vs. Perception

sensation: the brain receives input from the sensory organs.

perception: the brain makes sense out of the input from sensory organs.

IMG_1004 - Copy - Copy This is my dog, Hank. I am kissing him in the picture, and I can get the sensation that my lips are touching him, and my perception is that he is really furry.


  • Top-Down Processing: using models, ideas, and expectations to interpret sensory information.

 (picture source: )This is a picture I found online, and it is missing a letter, but our top-down processor can tell us that it is missing a T to spell “Gate”.


  • Signal Detection Theory: whether or not we can detect a stimulus.

You can sit in Starbucks and you are having your own conversation, but you can hear other people, but you can detect that they are not talking to you, and make them into background noise.

  • Shape Constancy: we perceive the form of familiar objects as constant, even while our retinas receive changing images.

(source found: This picture the is the same shape it is just turned different ways, but our brain tells us that it isn’t and even though we can put the same shape over every picture, but our brain can’t see that.

  • Opponent- Processing Theory: Opponent
    retinal processes enables color vision.
    How the retina detects color. If you look at this picture of a discolored American flag, then look at a white page, you will see and after image of what color is actually suppose to be there. (picture source:

All About Amanda Shear!

Well, first things first, my name is Amanda Michelle Shear, obviously.picture004

I am a freshman this year, so I am new, and really excited about starting college and getting ready to start my life!

I am an Education major and focusing on Middle Childhood, with Language Arts and Social Studies.

Two things that interest me…well that is a really tough thing to decide on.. I do love to read. I read more fiction based books, you know like the “Hunger Games” or “Harry Potter”, but my all time favorite book is a book that I picked up at a book fair in middle school. This book is called “Perfect” by Natasha Friend. PerfectBookCover It is about a girl who is in middle school and she develops and eating disorder after her father passes away. Her sister caught her and told on her and her mother made her go to a counseling group. Its very informative about eating disorders, but is also very entertaining.

Something else that interests me is hanging out with my friends.

Some of my hobbies include reading books, obviously and collecting sweaters. I have so many sweaters. I have at least 5 in my dorm and probably like 7 more back home. I like ugly ones, cute ones, long ones, fitted ones, all ones. Some of my friends tease me because I have so many, but I really love them.

The weirdest food I’ve ever eaten was peanut butter and pickle sandwich. It involves bread (it could be regular loaf, or hamburger/hotdog buns, or whatever kind of bread you enjoy eating,) and your favorite kind of peanut butter (it could be chunky, or smooth,) and your favorite type of pickles (dill, sweet, bread and butter, gherkin, etc.)  Apply the peanut butter as you would a regular sandwich, then cut your pickles (if they aren’t already pre-sliced) and put them on top of your peanut buttered piece of bread. (If you are feeling really feisty, you could put peanut butter on the other piece of bread too.) Get yourself a glass of milk, or whatever beverage you like, and enjoy! It is actually a really nice combo. You’d be surprised how good it is.pbandpickle

My favorite cartoon character is Cinderella because she is such an inspiration, she started from having a really bad home life, to going out to get her own destiny, and changing her life completely.

My favorite quote is..
Oh, that clock! Old killjoy. I hear you. Come on, get up, you say, Time to start another day. Even he orders me around. Well, there’s one thing. They can’t order me to stop dreaming.”  -Cinderella