Kristen Wood - Psych 229

  • First 2 Years - Biosocial

    Infants will start to weigh near 30 pounds, grow to be 32-36 lbs, sleep more, improve reflexes and being to talk more. Personal: When I was little, I was told that when I started talking there was no end of it. Even though I couldn't make out complete sentences or things that made sense, I was always making noise. My uncle even bought me a shirt that said "I've started talking and I can't shut up!"
  • First 2 Years - Cognitive

    Talking starts to improve, Primary, secondary, and tertiary reactions develop and memory is stronger. Personal: I could start to understand more of what was going on around me.
  • First 2 Years - Psychosocial

    Seperation anxiey begins to show as well as secure attachment and social learning. Daycare might being around now. Personal: When I was little, my grandparents were my "daycare" while my parents were at work. This brought me much closer to grandparents which was a secure attachment.
  • The Play Years - Biosocial

    The toddler starts to decide waht kind of food they like and what kind of food they don't. This is usually around the time when the parents can tell if they are right handed or left handed. Impulses are more prevalent. Personal: To this day I am a picky eatter. Ever since I can remember I've been a picky eater and I am now right handed when I write.
  • The Play Years - Cognitive

    This this time when instead of just sentence fragments and incomplete thoughts, conversation happens. Theories and own thoughts start to come into effect and there is knowledge of about 10,000 words at this point. Personal: This is when I would have more conversations with my parents and start to understand what they were trying to tell me as long as with other adults.
  • The Play Years - Psychosocial

    Self esteem starts to rise, and now the sterotype between girls vs boys prevails. Peronal: I was a very personable child. I had a lot of friends and was very outgoing. I talked to anybody and everybody. This is also the time that I was very intrigued with dolls and Barbies...anything that I could be a mom to.
  • The School Years - Biosocial

    More exercise and physical play become part of a lifestyle. Self control becomes more specific. Personal: This is around the time that I really wanted to play soccer. My impulses were less prevalent and I feel this is why I was such a good student in school. I never really got into trouble for doing impulsive things.
  • The Play Years - Cognitive

    This is usually around the time for elementary school to start for kids. This is also a good time for parents to start to teach their kids a second language. More use of operational thought. Personal: I went to Hull Elementary of Livonia, and I was always having fun. I had many friends and positive experience.
  • The School Years - Psychosocial

    There are more responses to stress. Whether it's denial, reaching out, or just ignoring it. Friends start to become more of more importance. Personal: My best friend at Hull was a girl named Alex. We were inseperable but never exclusive. I was devastated when she moved away and we no longer went to the same school.
  • The School Years - Biosocial

    During these time of life is when kids start to grow less rapidly and physical problems start to present themselves. Because of these physical problems, a healthy exercise routine is really important. Self-control and faster reactions are developing more. Special needs for learning may start to appear. Personal Experience - When I was about 8 years old, that's when my asthma became more prevalent and I ended up needing an inhaler that I had to take before I could play any sports.
  • The School Years - Cognitive

    Around this age is when kids develop operational thoughts, and are more accepting of learning from their mentors. Memory, knowledge, control, and metacognition improve. This is also the time when a second language could be better learned and gain more of a vocabulary. Personal - When I was around this age, this is when I was able to start to learn spanish and I must admit I remember more during that time of learning than what I learned in high school.
  • The School Years - Psychosocial

    This is around the time when parents are not as influential as much as friends are. This is when rejection and bullying become a problem. This is the most crucial time for the parents to provide stability and harmony. Stress defenses show. Personal - I remember when I started to break away from my parents more and started following more of what my friends did. I was never really bullied and considered a bully, but I remember other kids getting bullied and it was sad.
  • Adolescence - Biosocial

    Hormone production increases as well as possibilities of reproduction if sexually active. Primary and secondary characteristics start to show. Drugs become more of a curiosity rather than a fear. Personal - The first cigarette that I smoked was when I was 12. I was curious because both of my parents smoked even though they both would preach at me as to why it was so bad. My girl friends started to develop more, but I was a "late bloomer".
  • Adolescence - Cognitive

    This is the time when thinking hypothetically and deductively. Egocentrisim is more noticable and intiuitive thinking. Bullying should still be taken seriously because it seems to be more destructive during these years. Personal - When I was 12 years old, I thought that nothing could ever touch me. I was invincible in my own eyes. I would do stupid things just to say that I did them and hope that my friends thought it was cool. Insecurity was an issue too because I was an individual.
  • Adolescence - Psychosocial

    Right now is the time in life where a person is trying to find themselves and what individuality means to them. Friends in both sexes start to become more important and parental guidance is essential because these are really trying times. This is when sexual activity might occur. Depression and rebellion are more common. Personal - I was 14 when I had my first long term boyfriend. This is also when I noticed that my sad moods were more than just sad periods, and was diagnosed with depression.
  • Emerging Adulthood - Biosocial

    The human body is usually at its phyiscal peak during this time, and teenagers become sexually active. Eating disorders are more prevalent because most people this age are at phyiscal peak. Risk taking is more common. Personal - When I was 17, I had my first and only "bad boy" boyfriend. He had a nice car, an edgy attitude, and nobody wanted to mess with him. I quickly grow out of that phase.
  • Emerging Adulthood - Cognitive

    Intuition and rationalizing thoughts become important and not everything is black and white anymore. Morals become more mature and religion gets questioned. College begins typically. Personal - I was 18 when I started Madonna University. With all the anatomy classes that I have taken it really makes me question whether or not I believe in God. I don't really think that he dictates the world, I believe more in science.
  • Emerging Adulthood - Psychosocial

    Right around this time is when a person figures out who they are, and becomes okay with who they are. They feel more accomplished because typically they are working and going to school. Friends become even more important as outlets of stress and more intimate relationships form. This is also when the stresses of life become overwhelming and more diseases are diagnosed. Personal - Around this point in life, I had my first college semester done and I was working. I also had a long term boyfriend.
  • Adulthood - Psychosocial

    Midlife crisis does not happen to everybody, but it can happen. Age is no longer such a definition of a person. More prosperous relationships form but can be very problematic if things go south. Caregiving becomes a big role. Personal - I had the hardest time turning 20. I did have a quarter life crisis because I felt like I had nothing to show for it. My friends are now all older than me it's not such a big deal anymore. I also had rabbits this year so I had something that I could take care of
  • Adulthood - Cognitive

    Intelligence begin to fluctuate. Some can improve or some can decline. Common sense seems to become more important than most things learned in school. A good way to deal with the aging phenomenon is to become an expertise at something and to teach it. Personal - It killed me to find out that I was too old to play hockey anymore on a reasonable schedule. I had never felt so old in my life. So I started to coach it.
  • Adulthood - Biosocial

    Aging begins to be more noticable. Hair, muscle, skin, body shape look different and vision and hearing usually get worse. Medical treatment for obstacles, like high blood pressure, can be come routine. Personal - Each year that I got to my eye doctor, my eye sight gets significantly worse. My skin is also better than it was when I was an adolescent.
  • Late Adulthood - Biosocial

    This is the time when functioning starts to diminish, but not as quickly as most may think. Skin begins to wrinkle, eye sight begins to go, and becoming sick is more and more possible because of a weakened immune system. Personal - I hope that since I do not tan very much right now, my skin will still be in decent condition when I am 60. My grandma was a very active person at 60 years old still and she was cognitively with it until the day she died. I hope to be that lucky.
  • Late Adulthood - Cognitive

    Memory starts to decline and brain function starts to slow down. Dementia symptoms may develop. This is also the time when people seem to be most interested in their religions or aesthetic and philosophical views. Life review starts. Personal - I hope that I don't develop dementia. I did not live my life the way that did and trying so hard to succeed just to forget it at the end. My grandparents were very involved in church when they were around 60 years old to when they passed away.
  • Late Adulthood - Psychosocial

    Retirement happens around this age (60). Most poeple decide whether they want to move away from everything or continueto work on their own home and get it just the way they want it. Now is the time that people have the time to expand their horizons and do everything they wanted in life. Friends and relatives become more important in life satisfaction. Social support becomes more crucial. Personal - If I don't get to go to Ireland soon, I'm doing it as soon as I retire!
  • Death & Dying

    The average life age is between 70 and 80. Due to my relatives living past 80 and dying of age and disease and not natural disaster, I think that I will probably go somewhere around that age as well. The most important thing about death is accepting it. The people who accept death and can appreciate the life that they have had are the people who are happiest to the end. This also makes it easier for the family and friends to say goodbye. Acceptance is easier when a person is very spiritual.