Author: Richard A. Kasschau
Publisher: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill School Pub (January 1, 2001)
From a psychologist’s point of view, Steve is demonstrating complex be ing, often ignoring havior. Steve stays on his computer from midnight until morn- physiological, or physical, needs such as sleep and hunger. He engages in this behavior because of cognitive, or private, unobservable mental, reasons. For example, Steve may go online because he likes the intellectual challenge of outwitting the other players. Or Steve’s behavior may be motivated by emotions—he goes online to avoid the pressures of college life. There may also be subconscious, emotional, and behavioral reasons. For instance, does the Internet reinforce his behavior? Does this Internet use reflect a weak self-concept? Learning about psychology can help you gain a better understanding of your own behavior, knowledge about how psychologists study human and animal behavior, and practical applications for enriching your life.
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