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explanatory style by janel glidden

Explanatory style is one’s habitual way of explaining life events.  It is negative and atrributes failures with stable, global, and internal causes.

This type of style reminds me of my sister.  She is very depressing to talk to because she is a lot more realistic than me.

Recently she got the okay for her job to be transferred to Utah from Missouri.  When things got shaky and things might not happen she realistically was telling me about what could happen.  She said that she would be stuck in Missouri and back in her same old rut.  I reassured her and let her know that it would be okay by saying that whatever was meant to happen would find a way.  On the other hand, she was very realistic in keeping in mind that it was up to the managers and corporate.  She does look at some things like it is the end of the world, but she is much more realistic than me.


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Retelling by Janel Glidden

When someone retells a story they change it around and it is often exaggerated or twisted.  It often also depends on who they are telling it to.

I find that when I am trying to hook two friends up that I find myself only repeating the good things that the other person says.  I might retell what they say so that it will appear to the person’s benefit.  This is retelling.

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Food norm by Janel Glidden

I think in our culture it might seem a little strange to offer and accept food from strangers. 

At least this is the impression I got one day when I offered some peanuts I was eating. 

I know that I hate it when I am sitting in class hungry and the person next to me is chowing down!  I was eating some peanuts during class and simply offered some to the people sitting around me.  Because they did not know me perhaps they were confused or wondering what was wrong with them.  I just wanted to politely share.  Maybe it is the norm to politely turn down food.  (Whereas in South America or Latin cultures it is extremely rude to turn down food.)  I think because I have had a taste of both that I am in the middle but at the time when everyone turned it down I felt silly!

I think it is conforming though.  There was one time when I offered everyone around me and everyone laughed and said no. 

There was another time when I offered my food and after one person accepted, those who had politely turned my food away asked for a bite. 

I think when people got more comfortable around me then they were more likely to accept the food. 


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Love Languages (Fearful attachment) by Janel Glidden

Fearful attachment

is an avoidant relationship style marked by fear of rejection.

“I am uncomfortable getting close to others”.  (Due to fear.)

The girl in this video is avoident because she is scared of rejection.


Day 1: She reads his lips and simply lets him borrow her pen. (avoidant)

Day 2: She points to her headphones when he talks to her to suggest that maybe she can’t hear him. (avoidant)

She says no he can’t listen to her song because she was embarrassed.  (scared of rejection)

When he asks for her number she simply says, “No, I don’t have one,” rather than explaining anything further.  (scared of rejection)



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Janel Glidden Overjustification Effect

Overjustification effect is the result of bribing someone to do what they are already doing.  This makes it seem like a task rather than something to do out of enjoyment.  Because it seems controlled, it is less appealing to the person doing the task, when originally they would be doing it anyway.

I always played volleyball for fun.  Once I was in college and on scholarship, it became more of a job and although I love the sport I think I may have enjoyed it less.  This is an example of overjustification effect.

I remember going to the Food and Care coalition and volunteeering my time.  When they offered me a job I felt silly because the pay wasn’t where I wanted it to be.

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Janel Glidden weight discrimination

Discrimination is the action towards another of a certain group or category.  It is not based off the person alone, but the group that someone categorizes them in.

In an article by USA today, weight discrimination is discussed.  Weight discrimination especially in women is increasing and is nearly as common as racial discrimination.

“Reported discrimination based on weight has increased 66% in the past decade, up from about 7% to 12% of U.S. adults, says one study, in the journal Obesity. The other study, in the International Journal of Obesity, says such discrimination is common in both institutional and interpersonal situations — and in some cases is even more prevalent than rates of discrimination based on gender and race. (About 17% of men and 9% of women reported race discrimination.)”


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Janel Glidden Showing off for the boys

Social facilitation is performing better with an audience present.  After practice we use to run sprints on sprints on sprints.  It was a conditioning session that lasted longer if we didn’t make our times.  One time, one of my teammates ran over 100 down and backs by the time we left the gym.  The basketball team shared the same court and had practice right after us.  Ocassionally they would come in a little earlier to watch.  With this social facilitation, when the boys were watching, it was more likely to make our time.  Things went a lot smoother and we got in and out of the gym a lot faster.  Social facilitation is all about the boost of the perfomance that was added when we had an audience.

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