PSY100H1 Lecture 1: Fundamental Insights of Psychology
University of Toronto St. George
Tuesday 13th September 2016
PSY100H1 - Lecture 1
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“ 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
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
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