“Sometimes it is culture that is the problem.” 

Taken from the article, Sociocultural Influences on Sexual Practices and Standards, of Abnormal Psychology, 16th Ed. 


The Giver

In our Cognitive Psychology subject, we were asked to choose a movie character that we can relate to what we’ve discussed in the whole semester. The Giver was what I picked.

Jonas of The Giver was the character I chose. He lived in a Community where memory was erased and controlled by The Elders. Residents were deprived of their fluid ability. They were like robots who were taught what to do and what not to, obeying every rule without even understanding why, thus lacking metacognition. The Elders were to decide which family unit to place newborns, what career to assign 12 year-olds, whom to marry, everything. Their actions were entirely automatically processed. They were taught to embrace “sameness”; they perceived things and situations using object-centered representation. They didn’t experience suffering, hunger, war, and didn’t have color, music, and love.

These were all because of The Elders’ strong dissension toward people’s wrongful choices and doings when they have their freedom.

“When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong.. every single time,”

the Chief Elder said. The Elders have had such trauma that they aimed to instill retrograde amnesia on the next generations and controlled the way they think, feel, and do to refrain them from repeating the unwanted.

Then came Jonas, who was chosen to be the Receiver of Memory during the Ceremony of Twelve. It was where children of the right ages were to graduate from childhood and be assigned certain careers. He met the present Receiver who has now become The Giver. He gave all his attention to everything he taught him. He was alert at all times. He was able to orient every stimuli introduced to him, no matter how exciting or painful it got. He attained executive attention. He was especially attentive when introduced to a sled. He seemed to know how to use it and feel the thrill of riding it down a snowy hill, which are called procedural memory.

They later devised a plan to bring back the memories of the residents. They felt that it was time for change. But, the only way to do so was for Jason to leave the Community. The actual plan did not work but the goal they did achieve.


This was the psychoanalysis I submitted in one of my major subjects last semester. Alibugha (Prodigal) was a stage play performed by the Dramatic Guild of our university, along with other organizations in the same field.

Ma. Hyacinth C. Estidola            December 16, 2014
BS PSY 3B          Expe Psy

Psychoanalysis of Behavior

Generally, personality refers to the pattern of relatively permanent traits and unique characteristics that give both consistency and individuality to a person’s behavior (Roberts & Mroczek, 2008). Culture, on the other hand, pertains to the enduring behaviors, ideas, attitudes, and traditions shared by a large group of people and transmitted from one generation to the next (Myers, 2013).

An individual’s personality can be affected by his cultural experiences, and it was manifested in the protagonist’s role. Eddie’s independent self was immediately shown when he asked for his inheritance from his father. He had his own goals and dreams, those that are different from the townspeople. He felt uncomfortable appearing exactly like everyone else, to be a farmer specifically. He asserted his uniqueness by not conforming to their simple lives. He had imagined his possible selves, dreamt of being a successful man in the urban areas and coming home to hear his father and brother thanking him for the prosperity they have. And so he left his father’s farm to seek his fortune in the city.

All the behaviors Eddie presented were results of internal locus of control and of teleology. He believed he can and will be able to control his own destiny. He did what he thought was right for him even when everybody told him he would be wrong. He was young, alike a morning sun. All he wanted was to leave and reach for his dreams, oblivious to the asperity of the life he sought for.

Junior Immersion: Educational Setting

I have been thinking it would be better if we visited a different campus, until the event began and I fell silent. There couldn’t have been any place better than ours, which I realized as I sat inside the Psychology Laboratory on February 2, 2015. Ms. Joane Regaspi, Student Development Staff (SDS) of Psychology, started off with familiarizing us with the Guidance staff of Makati, along with the complete organizational chart. She also stated its mission, vision, and the goal which is to facilitate the success of all students in their personal/emotional, social, and academic development.

The qualities and job descriptions of a Registered Guidance Counselor, a Psychometrician, and a Student Development Staff were tackled by Ms. Teresa Fatima Brailey, SDS of Medical Technology and Nursing. She reiterated this as often as she could, “Confidentiality is very important.” Ms. Regaspi talked about the Guidance and Counseling Section’s Services for Students, the sample modules, and their Testing Services. She noted that “Counseling is the heart of the guidance office.”

Ms. Brailey introduced CEU Makati’s Placement Services before giving the floor to Ms. Jacosalem. Personally, I liked this topic best. I found it very beneficial to every student. It feels good knowing our university won’t let us step out without assuring we can already stand on our own feet. Ms. Janine Jacosalem, Peer Moderator, discussed the Special Programs, beginning with the Peer Facilitators Program. We, PFs, were asked to state what is unique about the program we are in. Then, its philosophy, qualifications, specific function, and activities were explained to everyone. Other topics like dependencies, research, and collaborative services were briefly stated by Ms. Carmy, SDS of Pharmacy.

To further promote the educational field as our future endeavor, Ms. Brailey shared the perks of working in academe with us. First is it will make you look and feel young. Second, due to the wide scope of services, work is not “routinary.” Third, the students’ vacation period is yours, too. Fourth, you can study for free in the campus you will work for.