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Choose three out of the six

short answer questions. You are to answer in APA format,

minimum of one page response(length) per question, not including title page and

reference page(ref. pg. needs to have textbook listed as a reference, minimum)



Th. May 23 2019


Among American women born before 1900, a mere 3 percent

had experienced

premarital sex by age 18. In the United States today, almost half of high school

students report having had sexual intercourse. How do these changes in sexual

behavior reflect cultural changes that have fueled a preoccupation with needs for

social relatedness? How effectively have these sexual behavior changes served to

fulfill people’s need to belong?


While hiking in the woods Sonya and Paul encountered a snake on the trail. While

Sonya was extremely frightened of the snake, Paul, realizing

the snake was

harmless, picked up the snake to examine it more closely. Explain how the James

Lange theory and the two

factor theory would explain the emotional reactions of

Sonya and Paul.


David’s history teacher asked him why so many German people compl

ied with

Hitler’s orders to systematically slaughter millions of innocent Jews. David

suggested that the atrocities were committed because the Germans had become

unusually cruel, sadistic people with abnormal and twisted personalities. Use your

knowledge o

f Milgram’s research on obedience to highlight the weaknesses of

David’s explanation.


According to a number of distinguished psychologists, a major purpose of the

defense mechanisms described by Freud is the protection of self

esteem. Give an

example of ho

w repression, reaction formation, projection, rationalization,

displacement, and denial could each be used to protect or even enhance a positive




Jane is wary of those who suffer from psychological disorders because she

believes that they are ag

gressive and violent. She also thinks they are more likely

to commit crimes than those in the general population that do not suffer from a

psychological disorder. What would you say to Jane to convince her that she is

mistaken in her assumptions?


One of yo

ur best friends feels that he fails at everything he does and that his life

isn’t worth living. When you suggest that he talk to a psychotherapist, your friend

responds, “Talking won’t help. The more I talk about myself, the more I think

about my problems.

The more I think about my problems, the more depressed I

get.” Explain why your friend’s comment illustrates his need for cognitive

therapy. What procedures would a cognitive therapist use to help your friend

overcome his negative feelings?

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