Archive for the ‘Psychology’ Category

A video on change blindness from youtube


What is a phobia???


Some of my phobias….Achluophobia, a fear of darkness. Now I am okay, but I was overly afraid of the dark when I was younger. Even in middle school I was afraid to be in a room with no lights. Another one of my early phobias is acousticophobia, fear of loud noises. The woman who used to live on the floor above our old house always made loud noises. I always heard “THUD THUD RUMBLE THUD” and it was verrrrry scary. Acrophobia, a common phobia; a fear of heights. I remember walking on the second floor of Macy’s, looking down through the glass on the railings and getting goose bumps. Although I am afraid of heights, I looove things like bungee jumping. In Seoul Land(in Korea), there is a ride called “Sky-X.” It’s a ride where you drop yourself from 80 meters and swoop through the air. I do not know how it is possible to be afraid of heights and like bungee jumping. Something I still have is arachnophobia, a fear of spiders. This is a common fear along with entomophobia, a fear of insects. I do not remember all these names, I just know I don’t like spiders and heights and noises and insects and……More phobias: amathophobia(fear of dust), anginophobia(fear of choking or narrowness), and scoleciphobia(fear of worms).


I think I can describe my personality with some other phobias. Why am I so sensitive? I think it is because of agliophobia(fear of pain) and basophobia(fear of falling). For example, when it rains I am afraid I will slip on a slippery surface, so I avoid or walk very slowly on sewer covers. Since I can remember I have never slipped, thanks to my phobias. Another set of phobias that describe me is doxophobia(fear of expressing opinions or of receiving praise) and scriptophobia(fear of writing in public). For people who do not know me very well, I AM NOT SHY! Also, I used to get lower grades on in-class essays than on essays done for homework because I “fear” that people around me are watching my writing. Now I know that nobody cares about my essays, and scriptophobia is a very stupid thing-_-;;. One simple word that can define me is polyphobia, a fear of many things. With that one word I can replace this whole post.


Hobophobia, a fear of bums or beggars. I am not such a bad person; when I see beggars I always want to help them(THAT IS TRUE). However, they do look a bit freaky. Another one is peladophobia, a fear of bald people. I am not offending anyone, but it is very true for myself. I’ve had a funny experience at a pool in America. A bald man was trying to push me into the pool, and I got so scared at his baldness that I ended up crying….and jumping into the pool before he touched me.


All these phobias I mentioned earlier are not very big for me. They may not even be phobias at all, but have definitions that define my fears. However, there are two things that bother my life very often. Metallophobia and textophobia. The former one is a fear of metals, and the latter is a fear of certain fabrics. I have almost never touched any type of accessories because of my fear of metals. I do not know how or why, but just seeing them makes me uncomfortable and dizzy. Especially when eating or drinking, accessories make me want to puke. There are many other kinds of metals that I do not like, but they are mostly accessories such as necklaces, rings, chains, etc. I am also very sensitive to certain fabrics. I think the color of the fabrics also have effects on me. Some seem okay, while others seem…gross. I remember having trouble in second grade for an year because the new sofa our family brought in was very repelling of me. These two phobias have gotten better, but they still bother me a lot.

So…do we have anything in common?

Everybody knows music psychology…something that shows up at almost EVERY science fair in middle school. In experiments, classical music gets a kid good grades on a test, while rock music gets a kid bad grades. There’s a story of a college student who experimented with music psychology on mice. He put mice in a maze and let them listen to classical music. Obviously, they were able to get to the cheese quicker. A funny ending to the experiment-the mice that listened to rock music did not just have trouble finding the cheese, but they got so excited that they started fighting with one another, and the fight eventually led to some missing lab mice.


– power, stability, strength

– intelligence

– serious color

– evokes strong emotions


– helps provoke creativity



– catches attention quickest

– gets people excited(a lot of red can get a person to feel a bit out of breath)


– most calming of all colors…but if seen too long it can get people agitated


– color that helps the most with people being productive

– helps focus


– relieves stress

– improve reading ability!


– makes person feel optimistic

– makes brain release more seratonin<-chemical to make person feel good

– intense shade of yellow speeds up metabolism

Did you know….?

– black clothes can make people look thinner!

– red clothes normally look heavier than other colors

– dangerous criminals are sometimes put in cells made of pink to drain their energy o.O

Media violence is a topic that I focus on very often for some of my school projects. What media violence is, is obvious. However, it looks as though the severity of this psychological influence is not given much thought on. I did a research project on this topic once, and I found out that the TV provides children in the states access to endles hours of increasingly violent programming. I thought I might want to show that project on my blog, so I only took the important and interesting things.

Media violence is very dangerous because many students spend more time watching TV than they do homework or play with their friends. In numbers, it is estimated that a normal US citizen will witness about 20,000 television deaths in their lifetime. An interesting quote I found was “If you don’t like what’s on TV, just turn it off” is like saying “If you’re troubled by air pollution, just stop breathing” This was said by Mary Ann Watson. Ways media violence can harm children are by conditioning them to accept violence as a way of settling conflicts, by leading them towards real-life violence, by making them more afraid that they will become victims of violence, and by causing them to commit real-life violence.

This video may seem very obvious and unintelligent, but for little children who are learning this is something that can really happen.

Also….an interesting piece of the project that I want to show exactly as written:

Why do boys get influenced more than girl

Children tend to act out what they see because they only know how to do that or because they find it amusing or attracting. In most media, mostly movies, the violence is carried out by boys, which makes it seem as if girls do not use violence. Young girls will learn from that and will be given the thought that girls should not use violence, while boys would be given the thought that violence is an okay way to settle with conflicts. Media violence can also effect boys because it might make them seem unworthy if boys can not fight, or if they do not have the physical strength that others have. Although we think it is normal, media violence has lead up to the point where children are always comparing each others’ strength by arm wrestling or taking on fighting matches in the “attic”. Also, because of media violence children get disappointed when they loose in an arm wrestle, or they are embarrassed.

I am currently reading a book called How to Simplify your Life. The book gives many interesting ways to organize your thoughts permanently, starting with the organization of your environment. I do not know when I will be finished with this book, but it IS very fun. There is one short section on procrastination and gives tips on how to avoid it.

First of all, whatever is on your desk(or your working environment) is a reflection of your mind. You need to have an organized and clean working space to have a good working mind. One method of getting organized that the book reveals is the “Four-Quadrant Method.” When you have a great pile of papers on your desk or in a folder that needs to be cleaned out, divide an area into four parts. The book says not to do it directly on your desk, but on a table next to it or the ground. The four areas would be:

1. Throwing away

all the useless or unnecessary paper items such as old travel brochures, newspapers over one week old, papers from school or college, old cards, old drawings, wall calendars from previous years….

– you can put a bin here if you want

– Do not resist from throwing away papers that you’ve become fond of!

2. Forwarding

– This area is for the papers that you will pass on to other people to deal with

3. Important

– Pile for things that you will have to do eventually(homework…other paper work…)

4. Immediate action

– This area is for papers that you CAN deal with as you clean up

– if you can take care of the matter by phone, if you can fax the letter, if you can immediately put it into a file that is already organized…If you cannot take care of the paper with any of these three ways, then put the papers in the area 3


– don’t make any intermediate heaps

– don’t pick up any piece of paper more than once

– don’t form any more areas beyond these four

I do not remember when I became interested in Psychology. It just happened over time. But there is a very common book that I read in ninth grade that got me thinking of psychology as a future goal. This is the book

At first I only read this book because there was red text on the back that said, “…….this story takes less than an hour to read….” The book gives a story to help you get ready for a change in your life and how to adapt to the change.

After reading Who Moved My Cheese?, I started reading some more of Dr. Spencer Johnson’s books. I read The Present, and One Minute for Yourself. These were all interesting books with very good psychological messages.


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