- The journal is an exercise in applying the principles of various approaches of personality to your life. Post at least one journal entry for each chapter read that week, using the online Journal tool. More posts are welcome, as you make connections and discoveries in your learning.
Journal entries are meant to reflect how you and other people react to day-to-day life situations, both positive and negative. Describe the strategies you and others may use to successfully navigate the challenges of life.
For example, and regarding the writings of A. Ellis, you might want to share how your language habits impact your perception of events (as seen in the four examples listed under the Ellis lecture). Considering Jung, you may address how some archetypes are notable in your character. Be as creative and prolific as possible in making relevant connections between lectures, readings, and your own life experiences. The journal will provide examples and material for your Essays 1 and 2.
Your journal writing shows that you understand the theories and can apply their main concepts to real people. Post at least one journal entry for each chapter read that week, using the online Journal tool. Multiple daily posts are welcome, as you make connections and discoveries in your learning. Practice careful writing and critical thinking. Toward the end of the term, you may edit out any parts you prefer to keep personal. Please cite and reference any sources of information other than our textbook, so you can use those in your papers.
The journal will be graded along with Essay 2 as the summary of your discoveries. It is graded on four criteria:
1. Degree of personal exploration: Use of Personal Experience exercises, objective assessments and real-life examples. Insight and learning evidenced in journal entries.
2. Application of theories from each chapter, using correct terminology and concepts. Uses assessment and personal experience exercises. Opinions are backed with evidence or references.
3. Insight and Growth: Shows a pattern of realizations about own personality stemming from application of theories and assessments.
4. Good writing: Thorough and well-written with theory-specific vocabulary. Flawless spelling and punctuation. Thoughts are logically organized and easy to follow.