The field of psychology evolves with time.
Social media is new and there is plenty of room to research on and study.
There are some things that I still find puzzling as a psychology student and I intend to find out why people behave the way they do. Some scenarios that intrigued me include;
- Crying on camera – a person says he/she has mental health issues. This person then decides to film themselves crying their eyes out and broadcast it on social media. The justification given was to raise awareness and keep it real.
- Filming other people (as the core topic/idea) and making it their content on social media. I get that when you film yourself in public, you’re bound to accidentally stranger’s faces here and there. But to purposely capture someone else, without their consent and make them the star of your videos seems weird.
- Becoming an instant expert – suddenly everyone is an expert in skin care, business or irking health.
- Loyal, innocent and unsuspecting fans/followers – no matter what, the influencers they ‘follow’ are always in the right.
- The viral phenomenon – what makes something viral? what are the key features of something being viral.
I am sure there is more to this.
This is the last leg of my 3rd year. Next year, I would be in my final year. I am just so glad to have started this journey. I think the mind reset helped a bit. It is one of those, even if it takes me 4 years to finish this, I am still going to be 41 years old at the end of it, no matter what. Might as well just do something. And if I decide to pursue a Masters after that, I would still be 45 at the end of it. Something like that.
For this semester, the Industrial Placement module is still on board. The other two subjects are Cross-Cultural Psychology and Introduction to Counseling. Online classes will start next week.
For Semester 8, I got an A for Clinical Psychology. I was proud of it as I did put my heart and soul into the assignment with the tables and all. It was interesting to explore and write up. I am still waiting for the final marks of my Chinese language subject.
I attended the pre-conference workshop. I think I would make a note to try and attend their conference next year. I couldn’t commit to the full conference because I’ve already got this week swamped with holiday plans balik kampung.
I was particularly excited to attend this because I really wanted to hear Dr Alizi Alias speak LIVE. I have heard him on talks online but I really wanted to know if it is better with a live audience. Indeed, he was! He was very knowledgeable yet humorous. Not one of those very stiff academics we see most of the time. He is known to be well versed in Islamic studies but hey hey hey he speaks MOVIES too!! Not just any movie but the famous ones like Harry Potter and LOTR. He even knows the cockney accent! If he was many years younger, we could actually be friends!!!
I recorded all the speaker’s topics but once we get the slides, I think I want to edit it to become a video so that I could listen to this talk over and over again. It was enlightening and very entertaining as well!
I am a fan!