Letter to Prof Duncan by maryanng11


									                                                                         Maryann Glascock
                                                                                 PSY 200

                                          Quiz 12
Professor Duncan,

        When I tried to write this assignment out in essay format, it sounded too

conversational, so I decided it would be best to write it as a letter.

        I enjoyed the Principles of Psychology class this semester, and I learned a great

deal from you. I initially signed up for the course because I needed to satisfy the social

science requirement for my degree, and I was hoping to have an experience similar to that

of your Social Psychology course. Unfortunately, the classroom dynamics were a little

different and we didn’t have the same group chemistry in this semester’s class.

Nevertheless, I was able to learn some things that I will be able to take with me and apply

throughout my life.

        First, I was able to understand the different kinds of therapies, the types of

psychologists, and the education required for each profession. I think this is extremely

important information to be aware of in case I or someone close to me needs to seek

psychological treatment. Most people probably have no idea what to look for or what

questions to ask prospective therapists and doctors. I would probably lean more towards

treatment based on Humanistic theories. I like how this type focuses on one’s full

potential and becoming aware of and striving to reach that potential. I also like that

Humanistic theories encourage patients to take personal responsibility. I think a lot of

other psychotherapy methods have the tendency to create excuses for maladaptive

behaviors or thinking.
       I also found the bio-psychology material that we covered in the class to be very

valuable. Because I am planning to study human biology and medicine, it was very

useful for me to relate this course’s subject matter to what I am passionate about. I was

honestly surprised at how much biology is involved in the study of psychology. I

especially enjoyed studying neurotransmitters and genetics in this class; those two areas

really fascinate me. Another thing that sticks out to me is circadian rhythms. I think I had

an understanding of the concept, but I didn’t know the actual term prior to this class. I

find myself using the term a lot now.

       Principles of Psychology provided me with the foundation I’ll need to further my

education. Most medical schools require several psychology courses. A pre-med student

usually needs to take Principles of Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and

Abnormal Psychology. I plan to take all of these and probably will end up with a minor

in Psychology. Another class I would be very interested in taking is Positive Psychology.

I never knew this field of the discipline existed until I heard you discuss it in class. I

hope that this will eventually be offered in colleges because I think many students,

including myself, would benefit from it.

       Relating this class to my own career goals again, I was able to receive a better

understanding of the business aspect involved in the helping professions. I loved hearing

about your experiences as a therapist. It’s very obvious that you found your career

rewarding and that you truly were an advocate for your clients. I would like to apply

those same principles in my own career and make a positive impression on people as I’m

sure you have. I will definitely remember your discussions about insurance companies

and the control they have over a patient’s treatment. This is something I will need to be
aware of as a physician, and it will be helpful to have an understanding of this sad reality

prior to entering the profession.

       Due to the nature of a “survey course”, I received a very basic knowledge on a

variety of subjects relating to psychology. What I gained most from this was the

inspiration to further explore certain areas of the discipline and the desire to continue on

with my psychology education. There were many areas of the course that I would have

liked to explore in more depth. Specifically, learning and memory interested me, and I

will look to learn more about these specific areas in the future.

       I am delighted anytime I can use classroom material to broaden my own interests.

I was happy to discover a new author, Tich Nhat Hanh, per your recommendation. I also

am able to apply some of the philosophies I learned in class to my own life. I use

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as a sort of personal checklist for myself. Whenever I am

feeling upset or overwhelmed, I start at the bottom of Maslow’s pyramid and see which

need I have neglected. Usually, it’s the very basic things like hunger or sleepiness. I

often try to complete insurmountable tasks while skipping the necessary basics.

       I have to say, one of the most applicable pieces of information I have been given

at Lord Fairfax Community College was your discussion on “mirror imaging” in our

Social Psychology class. You talked about the impact we can have on others by our own

behavior, and the impact that other’s behavior has on us. What stood out to me was the

emphasis you placed on creating a positive mirror image for others to see. The way that

you relayed the information to us, made the concept seem very profound to me. I think

about this often, and I try to be a positive mirror image so that those images will be

reflected back to me.
       I am grateful to have had the opportunity to spend another semester with you, and

I thank you for everything you have taught me. I hope to keep in touch with you, as you

have made a lasting impression on me.

                                                           Thank You,

                                                           Maryann Glascock

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