Psychology of Human Relations
Lead Author(s): Trey Mireles
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A whimsical yet in-depth examination of how humans are psychologically constituted in the world and how that extends to others around them. An approachable text for sophomores or juniors.
Welcome to Psychology of Human Relations!
My name is Trey Mireles and I'll be your instructor for this course.
We will explore Psychology in our in 4 Units:
1. The Self
Who am I? For many, this is a difficult question to answer. We struggle with questions surrounding self-concept. How would you answer questions such as: Why did my personality develop this way? How did my self-esteem develop and how can I improve it? What motivates me? How can I better cope with all the stress in my life? The first section of this workbook will help you answer these questions.
Developing an improved understanding of one’s self-concept, including the internal and external factors that have played a role in the development of the self-concept, allows one to focus on their strengths and improve on their weaknesses. Building successful relationships, both personal and professional, requires an understanding of these strengths and weaknesses. We can develop relationships with others who benefit from our strengths while we work towards improving our weaknesses and thereby further solidifying these relationships. Further understanding self-concept allows us to make proper career choices by entering into a career that meets our needs and fosters our abilities. With individual fulfillment in personal and professional relationships and through one’s career; the opportunity to give back to the community through citizenship will arise. Citizenship allows the self to transcend individuality further maturing the self.
The workbook is a guide to help you answer difficult questions. In doing so, it will require you to be honest with yourself. Analyzing one’s self-concept in a truthful manner can be a challenging endeavor but the rewards of doing so can be great. As you complete this workbook, do so with an honest appraisal aware that you have the opportunity better yourself.
With an improved understanding of who you are, you can begin to develop strong interpersonal relationships. The 2nd section focuses on the development of personal relationships from the very beginning experiences. This section provides the opportunity to analyze why relations start, how they are fostered and why they continue. It requires further self-discovery while allowing for exploration of the interplay between oneself and others.
With many of our personal relationships taking on non-intimate forms this section will address how to manage and mind these relationships. Further topics related to intimate relationships such as friendship, love and sexuality are also examined from beginning through potential marriage and family.
There will continue to be opportunities to explore the past as well as the future evaluating one’s own strengths and weaknesses as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the relationships we are developing. It is often easier to evaluate those with whom we maintain relationships or to be hypercritical of one side of the relationship. It is important to recognize there are always at least two parties involved in any relationship and to recognize the role of both parties.
Finding the right career is one of the most challenging and important choices an individual can make. Much of the challenge comes from a need to understand who you are, what motivates you and what you want and need from a career. The work that has been completed within the workbook so far has prepared you for this challenge. The next step is to recognize how your personality values and needs relate to potential career path. The correct career path will lead to an increased opportunity for personal and professional happiness as well as a sense of fulfillment. This section will start by helping you make the proper choice in finding a career.
The section further guides you down the road you will take towards career success by addressing how to obtain a job and advance in your career once a job is obtained. It helps to develop soft skills related to leadership, motivation, teamwork and conflict resolution. Soft skills are important in any field and are those which most employers cannot teach.
With recognition that one’s career will affect their personal life this section further addresses issues such as stress management in the workplace. An analysis of values and ethics helps to guide as to when it is best to conform and comply to workplace demands.
Use this section as an opportunity to analyze your past employment and future plans ensuring your future success.
Citizenship allows for continued personal and professional growth. Through self-exploration an improved understanding of oneself has developed. This understanding can be utilized to find a service opportunity that fits with an individual’s needs and motivations.
Service provides an excellent opportunity for professional growth through resume building and networking. Employers appreciate an individual who is willing to work hard for others and to give back to the community. This demonstrates selflessness and a strong work ethic, two characteristics all employers desire in their employees. Citizenship develops chances to network, a proven skill in finding new opportunities.
Altruism, or providing for others without an expected return, has an unexpected side effect; we feel good about ourselves. Take the time to develop a relationship with a community partner further developing your self-concept, your network and an optimistic worldview.