Developing an understanding of who I am and why I matter has been an interesting journey. For those that know me, they know that my work on my dissertation has been exhausting yet extremely rewarding. The reason that I have found it to be so rewarding is that quite frankly, it is relevant, specific and worthy of being shared. Throughout my dissertation I focused on learning more about the economic system within the United States, the culture of wealth and the differentiation of mental behavior for the people in poverty. What I learned was extremely interesting, which is why I began to see how entrenched our system actually is.
Each social position within the United States has a role to play. My focus was guided by the mental set of people who have wealth guiding the mental set of people on poverty. What is most interesting is that through my research I learned that the people at the top have no idea what it means to live in poverty. Therefore, all of the guidelines that are created are done so from the mental set of wealth. Comments such as “If they only worked harder” or “They just need an education” are comments which are elitist.
As I continued to develop my research, a theory continued to come to me. Social Cognitive Reality. Simply put, people living in any given socio-economic location have their own developed social system, which is enveloped into a person cognitive map, which is that person’s reality. There are definitely people who managed to find their way out of poverty, yet, for the most part, people in poverty remain in poverty. The same is said for people of middle class and of wealth. It is not that people at each stage intend to remain this way, rather the people don’t know any better, and to learn a new reality is extremely difficult.
Consider where you are in life right now. Consider making a complete life change. Would you be able to adjust to a complete alteration of who you are, what you are and why you are.
Just saying to be successful requires hard work is an almost impossibility. The factors associated with changing locations, positions and cultures are far more ingrained than people understand. Therefore, the mental model of removing poverty from our system is not the way to go. Nor is it simply increasing minimum wage or even giving out funds to the needy. The American society needs people from all walks of life to sit down, collaborate and discuss options for redeveloping our society. The people in poverty survive in poverty, the people in wealthy live in wealth. Giving to one and or taking from the other may seem to politicians as the correct sentiment, yet, the most important lesson I learned from my research is that in order to change a society we need to change the culture..which cannot be done with money.
The following is copied from Teaching High School Psychology – Posted – Tuesday October 29th 2013
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Learning Styles: Myth? I’m interested in hearing how teachers and administrators in your district talk and think about “learning styles.” I remember learning – learning style “theory” during staff development workshops as a young teacher, and the main impact was that I felt guilty for not diligently including visual, auditory, and kinesthetic experiences in my lessons.
So I was glad to read Daniel Willingham’s work on “debunking” what he calls the “learning styles myth.” It turns out there really isn’t much empirical evidence that learning styles exist or impact learning (they might be learning “preferences”). Willingham has been dedicated to adding some science to the discussion of “learning styles” for quite a while and created many resources that are usable by many audience. The FAQ document linked to below is a good overall summary of his thinking:
Learning Style FAQ http://www.danielwillingham.com/learning-styles-faq.html
More recently, Howard Gardner chimed in to try to clarify how his multiple intelligences theory is different form “learning styles,” and how people misinterpret his theory too. Howard Gardner: ‘Multiple Intelligences’ are not ‘learning styles’ http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/10/16/howard-gardner-multiple-intelligences-are-not-learning-styles/
Thoughts from Cade Resnick – The original idea of learning styles gave a reason to explain behavior. The more Neuroscience arrives into the world of Psychology and understands human interaction, the more we understand of learning styles. I believe it is in the best interest of educator’s worldwide to realize that every student is not a learning style the same way no 1 person is just one of 5 senses. We know more now and now we need to utilize this new knowledge to educate as such. Thanks for listening.
When considering what we are all able to offer the world, I believe that my future lies in developing a world view understanding of my research, analysis and perspective. I am not writing to inform the world of my own arrogance, rather I am writing to develop an understanding of a theory I am choosing to develop and then enhance. The name of my theory is social cognitive reality. The reason for developing my theory relates to my own experience of trying to explain to people how their situation, environment, perspective etc are theirs alone.
While working on my dissertation I poured over years of research in the fields of psychology, sociology, philosophy and politics. There is an understanding within each of these fields as to the value of a single person and their value in relation to society and culture. The research is there within each field as a separate entity, yet it does not seem to be combined to explain how society and social influence effect the system of YOU. As a systems theorist I find life to be fascinating in that we all operate in harmony to work together. Even when we all think we are different, psychology steps in to remind us that we are all very similar. We all play a role in the development of others, and they in turn play a role in our development.
Questions we should ask on a continual basis – How do the people around me, affect me. How does my environment affect me? Who am I? Why am I? What am I? These may seem like philosophical questions, yet they also have answers within social cognitive reality.
As my blog develops, I am going to write weekly for everyone to read about different aspects of social cognitive reality are part of who YOU are.
As I get myself back into blogging, I am going to leave all of you with the following two thoughts
1) How do you know, what you know?
2) Is what you know Universal, or only to you and a small spectrum of people?
My goal with my Blog is to open up people’s thoughts of people, culture, community and society. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing.
The following is an Opinion Article Written by Cade Resnick
The world that exists today, in 2012 is filled with a lot of fear, terror and negative trepidation. Although this seems to be the rhetoric from the people I spend time with, I personally disagree with them. At every juncture in society there has been a time of fear, terror and negative trepidation, and every generation says the same thing. One of the ways in which society is able to move forward is through being able to forgive the past that has occurred. In the field of psychology, research continues to understand how the power of forgiveness can be utilized to alter previous generation’s negative viewpoints. Every culture has a different way of altering their past, yet research teaches us that every culture does find a way to teach its people some form of forgiveness. One of the most important aspects of this research is to understand how different cultures approach forgiveness, before we judge them in their behaviors.
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The following is an Opinion Article Written by Cade Resnick
When a person is talking to another person and shares with them that they are educated, the person receiving the compliment often says thank you and leaves it at that. Over my tenure of being involved in education, I have come to learn that the term, educated is used far too often without a true measure of its value. In the field of studying conflict, and human culture he meaning of educated extends to the ability to question and research all systemic possibilities. The most important aspect of being educated in the field of culture is to begin your research trying to remove all aspects of your bias. It is after all, bias that is the downfall of the validity within research.
The following Opinion Piece was written by Cade. The thoughts and concepts are derived from extensive research.
Salespeople are considered to be the snakes of our society. Many people who are sales people share in them tenacity and inner strength for rejection, seclusion and from time to time, reward. The importance of thinking about salespeople as I begin this analysis is that religion is one of the biggest sales gimmicks society has. If I were to walk up to a person and offer to them a promise that if they follow all the rules I am about to set out for them, and that they are to pay me a percentage of their earned money, then upon their death, they will receive a kind hand in heaven. Most people would laugh at me, and say, not a chance. Religion has learned to be a powerful sales person. This paper will explain the ritualistic notions of religion, and how the more ritualistic and exact (fundamental) a religion is, the better chance it has to succeed.
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