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Lecture 1

PSY100H1 Lecture 1: Fundamental Insights of Psychology

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University of Toronto St. George
Dan Dolderman

Tuesday 13th September 2016 PSY100H1 - Lecture 1 Contact: [email protected] “ Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” - Victor Frankl We assume that a person acts the way they do because of certain conditions, perhaps because of the way they grew up. Why do we do the things we do? What about free will? Do we claim responsibility for our actions? We assume humans are deterministic, but we also think that humans are free. We can still choose our response. We have that power. Why do you want to study psychology? - Is it interesting? - Do you want to help people? - Is it an easy class? The course can be a drag, mostly because of the amount if reading. However, no matter how accessible the reasons are (how easy it is for you to know your reasons for doing something), the kind of reasons are really important. Extrinsic vs Intrinsic Reasons You either have an extrinsic or intrinsic reason. Intrinsic reasons: *more meaningful because you’re fascinated Extrinsic reasons: - autonomy *more superficial - drive - money - learning - title - self knowledge - discipline - belonging - prizes - passion - leaderboard - purpose - punishment - love - power The best way to learn is to be passionate. This is why intrinsic goals tend to lead many to success. Extrinsic reasons for attending this class can make it be a drag. The more extrinsic the reason, the harde
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