Questions on Psychology

Please answer the following questions for Psychology Part 1 and 2

Part 1

Please select ONE of these topics. 1) Adolescence and Adulthood, or 2) Emotional Intelligence 

1) Topic One:  Adolescence and Adulthood, Phases and Stages

Briefly discuss one or more of the issues involved in adolescence, adulthood or old age (e-Reading, Chapter 6, Human Development, Sections 6.3, 6.4 and 6.5 

Why do you think adolescence and/or young adulthood might be a stressful time? What are some of the phases and stages associated with these years?  In addition to commenting on the reading from your textbook, take a look at one of these  videos about the adolescent brain and let us know what you found out. 

For the middle adult years, search the internet for us concerning midlife crises or the empty nest. From what you have found, do you think the middle years are a time of turmoil or crises?  Do they have to be?

What about the transitions in family life, i.e., marriage and parenthood?

What can we expect from old age? These are only some of the topics that you might wish to discuss.You may pick your own.

Try to relate your answer to the readings and to your personal experience (Note that your personal experience can be your own experiences or someone else’s you know or have read about.)


Topic 2)  Take an Emotional Intelligence Test

Your textbook defines emotional intelligence as “ the ability to accurately identify, assess, and understand emotions, as asll as to effectively control one’s own emotions” (from Feldman-Barrett & Salovey, and Mayer,, Salovey & Caruso, as quoted in Stangor, 2012, chapter 9, Section 1, Psychology in Everyday Life: Emotional Intelligence) 

Discover your Emotional Intelligence Quotient by taking the Emotional Intelligence Test. The test is the abridged version and consists of 10 questions and takes about 5-10 minutes. If the abridged version does not come up, search for Emotional Intelligence Test Abridged Version and take that one.  It has 10 questions. The longer version has 146 questions takes about 45 minutes, and you may take it, but if you do not have time, please take the shorter, abridged one.  I used Internet Explorer or Google Chrome to access the link, so try that if you keep getting the longer version and wish to take the shorter one.

When you enter the PsychTest site, you do not have to log in or provide your email address.

Were you surprised with your results? If so, how did your score differ from your expectations? What are the benefits of emotional intelligence? Do you think we can improve our emotional intelligence? How so?

Note that it is not necessary that you share your score or the range of your score, if you do not wish to do so. Most of us are….average, by the way! =-)


Part 2

ESSAY questions, Please answer both of them

1. Read the information in your Saylor textbook in the chapter on Growing and Developing,Sect 4 (What makes a good parent?). 

For additional Information 

so that you can adequately answer this question, you will need to go to:

How should we raise our children?

Reflect on parenting stylesand the advantages and 

disadvantages of each. Which style (or combination of styles) would you prefer? Why? 

What might be a problem with the research on parenting styles?

2.  On your way to work, you hear someone on a talk radio program arguing that the government 

is wasting money on educational programs because intelligence is inherited and 

some groups are born smarter than others. What are some possible weaknesses of the caller’s argument.  

Note: In addition to discussing the importance of early educational programs on development, be sure to address the research on group differences in intelligence.  

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