1.Write at least two paragraphs, describing your cognitive and emotional reactions to the following videos (a) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mP5RveA_tk (b) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCGBpuxBN1g&feature=youtu.be
What topics stand out to you most? How do you think all of these topics relate to psychology?
2.Provide a thoughtful response to my classmate response to question one which is as follows:
The first video, Girls Ages 6-18 Talk About Body Image, really struck me. I personally struggled with an eating disorder for years, and seeing girls as young as eleven years old saying they wish they were as skinny as one of their friends is very sad. Past the age of 7, all the girls in this video were talking about disliking their bodies, and the hurtful things that have been said to them. I think that this is absolutely related to psychology, because this kind of negative self talk and dislike of your body is a path to depression, anxiety and eating disorders. In the age of social media it has only gotten worse, because so much of what we see online is fake or heavily edited and so much pressure is put on girls and women to conform to these unrealistic and unhealthy beauty standards.
The video Black Boys Dont Cry interviewed several black men to get their personal experiences with dealing with emotions and mental health. There is a huge stigma when it comes to men showing emotions, theyre expected to be strong and never cry or feel sad, but that is unrealistic as all humans are meant to experience emotion. These men talked about the last time they cried, which for many had not been a long time, and their reluctance to seek help or counseling because it would somehow affect their masculinity. This is related to psychology, multicultural psychology in particular, because it is so important for the stigma around mental health in the black community and around males to be dismantled. Mens suicide rate is higher than women becaus they are less likely to seek outside help, and I think that this video is a great testimonial to this need.