Observational Learning In Everyday Life

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“Psychology helps to measure the probability that an aim is attainable” (Thorndike, 2015). When someone takes a class about psychology they can learn things they can use in everyday life. This psychology course I took taught me many things I can use toward my life and my future career. I plan to continue my education after high school, and go to college for a business degree. Some people may not associate psychology with business, but ever since I have learned about psychology I realized some things do relate between business and psychology. Since psychology is the study of the human mind, people who work in business can run into people, situations, or problems that relate to the human mind. Three things that I have learned in this course,…show more content…
A lot of people become influenced by watching others. Observational learning is “learning by watching other people, or being influenced by them in other ways” (Jenkins, 2014).Observational learning is important in terms of practical application to my life, because the things I do can influence someone else and things other people do may influence me. When I am around people, especially someone younger, my actions my reflect how they react to things. For example, if I spilled a cup of coffee then started yelling and getting angry, it could cause the person watching my actions to react in similar ways. They might begin to get angry when they tip things over or spill their drinks. A psychologist named Albert…show more content…
Motivation can be described as “”the need or desire to do something” (Jenkins, 2014). Motivation is a big factor because it helps people perform everyday tasks or decisions. I use motivation everyday to work on homework and exercise. Without motivation I wouldn 't feel the need to get anything done. I would put everything off and never finish a task. There are many theories about how people view motivation. Two of those theories are evolutionary perspective and drive reduction theory. Evolutionary perspective involves people doing tasks or behaviors based on their instincts. This could mean that I do things because it 's my instincts and not because I feel the need to get things done for other reasons. Drive reduction theory means that a drive compels someone to reduce a need. When it 's late at night my drive may be tiredness so I reduce the need by going to bed. I feel the drive reduction theory applies more about my need for motivation. My future career would also rely on motivation. I would need the motivation every morning to wake up and get out of bed to get ready. Then I would need the motivation to actually go to work to get things done. Without the motivation I would have never gone out to get a job because I wouldn 't feel the need to. People must be motivated to get things done to have a fulfilling

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