Theoretical Section Michael’s personality is best explained by the social learning perspective. His social behavior is driven by past experiences with reward and punishment (Kenrick, Neuberg, Cinaldini, 2015). Michael developed his personality watching his parents, specifically his mother and others in his environment. Being a minority and experiencing racism he came to admire Martin Luther King for his outspoken ways and for standing up for his race and speaking for equality. These are all things Michael wanted and desired in his life. Michael focuses on things or events that have happened to him in the past and these social learning experiences are what determine his social behavior today. Learning from his past experiences Michael knows …show more content…
This viewpoint is based off of an individual’s social behavior caused by factors such as nationality, social class and current historical trends. The main concept of this perspective is culture, which is defined by the beliefs, customs, habits, and language shared by the people living in a particular time and place (Kenrick et al., 2015). Michael was raised Catholic because that is the predominant religion in where he lived. He was sent to a private boarding school where there were very strict rules and regulations. This environment taught Michael discipline, responsibility and respect. Michael continues to use these behavior techniques in raising his children, who also attend a private Catholic school. They are taught appropriate behavior and social norms that stem back to his Nigerian roots as well as his schooling in …show more content…
He is very set in his ways and as he said in his interview, stubborn. You could argue that Michael’s tendencies are rooted in his ancestor’s predispositions, which is true, but Michael has made many changes in his life to acclimate to the American culture. The evolution perspective is based around natural selection (Kenrick et al., 2015). It says that humans pass along traits to their offspring that will help them survive. Michael’s children do not exhibit the Nigerian roots as much as Michael does. They have adapted to American culture and more specifically the Midwest. The social cognitive perspective which focuses on our behaviors being influenced by events in the real world also did not fit Michael’s personality. Michael is pretty calm no matter what the situation. He tends to base his behaviors off of other people, rather than the situation, which goes back to the social learning perspective. People’s interpretation of a situation tend to be based off of their goals at the time (Kenrick et al., 2015). As this is true, Michael goes back to his roots and bases his behaviors off of what he has learned throughout his life.
Soon after the story begins we get an insight into who Michael truly is. One could easily describe him as a Meek young man, as the narrator states Michael is very unsure of himself while asking the townspeople questions on the subject of the whereabouts of the Hangman. Though, his insecurities do not stop him from his ability to do his job. To be a decent writer you have to be observant, which fits Michaels personality perfectly. While describing the Hangman's appearance he notices small details that most people would skim over. Describing him as “a little fellow, without
Sometimes in life we are quick to judge a book by its cover, but once we begin to read, we sometimes often discover that the book we once judged, was something special after all. This is exactly what was demonstrated in The Blind Side. Many people saw Michael and was so bothered by his appearance that they did not bother to figure out who he truly was. It wasn’t until they were forced to deal with him, that people saw him for who he really was. Michael was not just some bad kid from the hood, he was a child with a lost spirit that came from a broken home and a bad situation that needed someone to guide him and show him the true meaning of love. As Christians we are taught to love our neighbors, but stereotyping often gets in the way of that. Stereotyping can compel negative results on a person’s character, but in this case, it opens ones heart to mother someone who needs mothering.
Since a small age, Michael had hated everything around himself. He was always ignored in the silent family. Everyone at school thought he was a loser due to his quietness. He needed freedom, real freedom. He also needed a true friend, a friend who could understand his world. After several intense auditions amongst all kinds of things in Michael’s mind, David received this honor of being Michael’s friend with her great personality and innocence.
I would agree with these results for the most part. INFPs are described as creative, imaginative, and “never lose their sense of wonder” (www.humanmetrics.com). I think one way that Michael exhibits these traits is through the original questions he asks me on a near-daily basis. A few of these questions include “If you were a big, scary dragon would you attack people?”, “If you had 1000 feet of yarn, what would you do with it?”, and “If you had a six inch copy of Hitler in your pocket would you mess with him?”. When he asks these questions, I always wonder where he comes up with them, because of how simple yet random they are. INFPs are also very loyal to those closest to them, which Michael showed when he admitted that he actually did vote for the four senior girls in our STA period, as well as his homecoming date, for Homecoming Court. Finally, INFPs can be very stubborn on some issues they feel strongly about (http://www.teamtechnology.co.uk). For example, our STA period has an ongoing conversation about how well we would each survive in the event of a zombie apocalypse, and, unfortunately, everyone besides Michael is in agreement that he would die first. Michael fights this everyday and is adamant about the fact that he would “survive until the end”. Sorry Michael. We don’t
This is where he fell in love with the game of football and he knows that to play in the pro league, he had to improve his education. He received educational support and it was critical since he did not develop education prior to living the the Tuohy’s. Moreover, when having a conversation with Leigh Anne Tuohy, his adopted mother, about his football decision, she replies: “It’s your life, Michael, it’s your life” (Hancock, Netter, Smith,..., 2010). Michael comes to the understanding that his identity as a Tuohy, a black male, and a football player, does not have to come with any pressures or expectations (Kim, 2017). He realizes that he is able to decide for himself who he wants to be, and chooses to attend University of Mississippi and accept his football scholarship . This is essential on his development because his choice to focus on athletics, improve his GPA, and choosing a school to attend and play football allows Michael to develop a sense of identity and
One of these is normative social influences, this is “the influence others have on us because we want them to like us (King, 2013, p. 447). Andrew shows this when he talks about how he got in detention. Andrew states he bullied a kid, so the kid would think he was cool. You see that Andrew does this disgusting action to this kid so he could be seen as cool. Another social behavior that is seen in the film is the fundamental attribution error, which is observers overestimate the importance of the internal traits and underestimate the importance of external factors when explaining others behaviors. We see the fundamental attribution error a lot in this movie. First we see it with Brian, everyone sees him as smart. But when Brian explains that he failed shop class people were surprised; they never thought this kid would ever fail, since he is so smart. Another is with Bender, they see him as disrespectful and aggressive. What they do not know is, at home, he is being verbally and physically abused by his dad and has to defend himself. This can bring us to conformity, which is a change in a person’s behavior to get more closely with group standards. We see this with all five of the students. Let’s start with Andrew, he covers up his hatred for him father so he wouldn’t be seen as abnormal. Then you have Brian who talks about contemplating suicide for failing a class. He did not want to
Aggression is stimulated in the amygdala in the brain and is defined by David Meyers as “any physical or verbal behavior intended to hurt or destroy” (Meyers, 2011). There are several scenes in which Michael shows that he can be aggressive, including scenes on the football field. Michael never showed too much aggression on the field, in fact, his head coach was talking to his assistant coach about how the opposing teams would view Michael: “They’ll be terrified until they realize he is a marshmallow” (Kosove, 2009). The coaches had to try to teach him his aggression, but Mrs. Tuohy was the only person who gave him the right advice. His aggression came from protective instincts, which is one of the many causes of aggression. His aggression goes to the extreme on the football field when he carries an opponent off of the field rather than just simply tackling him. The player had been taking advantage of Michael throughout the entire football game, and Michael finally had enough. When the whistle blew for the play to start, Michael remembered what Mrs. Tuohy had told him about protecting the team like they were his family (Kosove, 2009). He grabbed the opponent, ran while carrying him across the field, and threw him over the fence; this is the epitome of aggressiveness in sports. The term for people who are constantly aggressive is Type A. Michael is not a Type A person, but his old friend at his old home area that pulled out a gun is a Type A person. That scene is an example of when aggression is caused by a sudden event and the sympathetic nervous system is aroused. The Frustration-Aggression Principle is a principle defined as the quick process that turns frustration into anger and anger into aggression (Meyers, 2011). Michael was frustrated that the friend was talking badly about Collins, so he got angry. His sympathetic
The world is affected by culture, and in many countries if not all, base their ways of life around culture. For example, English culture influences kids in England to be proper, speak properly, and also eat properly. This is the case with many countries around the world. Many cultures teach young children to respect other’s way of life, to co-exist peacefully with different people, and also influence what we eat, the way we talk and pronounce things, and how we perceive things.
As we begin the novel, immediately we learn that Michael was born with a cleft lip. Ever since his birth, this lip has labeled him as an undeveloped human being. He has been mislabeled throughout his entire life as different, as well as a simpleton. These statements are untrue, but it is all he has ever known, so Michael learns to accept it. This disfigurement also affects his speech. Speech is a very important theme within the novel. He is a very clever individual, but his speech problems lead him to be institutionalized by society. Michael began to notice how he was treated because of his lip, and understood where he was placed into the semiotic system. At times, he remains silent and pretends to be dumb in certain situations, because he knew he could get away with it. This is the turning point in the novel when he begins to see the corruption of his society, and that his freedom was just an illusion. This results in Michael fleeing to the mountains.
Successful teachers develop the whole child by making integrated efforts to promote their student’s academic, social and emotional learning. Children need to be aware of themselves and others; make responsible decisions, and be ethical and respectful of the people around them.
The book starts out with Michael explaining his experience in high school and his lack of interest in his classes. His passion was somewhere else; he wanted a career in acting so he ended up dropping out and moving to L.A. Michael explains that even though he didn’t attend his high school classes, he was able to learn similar lessons from his own life challenges. Some lessons he learned along the way include the areas in economics, comparative literature, physics, political science, and geography. Although Michael did not follow a
Another reasons why I like him is that I am interested in his behaviors. There are always some topics around him. For example, he was under suspicion he treated a little boy cruelly, who was ten years old and Michael's best friend. Michael insisted on his innocence, but he paid 26 million dollars for reconciliation finally. Though he asserted he paid just to settle the commotion, people said he admitted he was guilty. Moreover, it is said that Michael has the longing to be a white, though he said in a TV program he suffered from the disease that pigment in his skin decolorized. When I saw these news, I considered the problems about child-abuse and human race. How does child-abuse hurt the child's heart? His or her hurt will not disappear forever. Which human race is inferior or superior?
For centuries, philosophers, personality theorists and other thinkers have been trying to answer: what personalities are like, how personalities are developed, why different personalities are developed and how personalities can be changed (Pervin & Cervone, 2013). George A. Kelly, an American psychologist born in 1905 in Kansa, is one of those major contributors in the field of personality psychology (Warren, 1998). In this paper, I am writing to critically review George A. Kelly's perspective on personality. I will first review Kelly's philosophy of personality. Then, I will review major concepts of Kelly's theory. Finally, I will critically evaluate Kelly's theory and share personal reflection on writing this paper.
Personality is made up of three parts Biological Influence, Psychological Influence, and Social Influence.(Exploring Psychology David Myers) A persons Biological Influence is made up of is someone’s genetically determined temperament and the autonomic nervous system and his brain activity. Psychological Influences are made up of a persons learned responses, his unconscious thought processes and his optimistic or pessimistic point of view. The Social- Cultural influences are made up of childhood experiences and a persons cultural expectation and social support. As years pass, life gets more and more complicated, especially the teenage years. Everyone’s personalities are always changing, which is natural because of the changes that they go through in life. Something that happens to them may change the way they think about that situation forever.