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The mix of feelings and expectations I have as I enter this course has already captivated my attention and the anticipation of topics to cover is sustaining it as well I have always felt that science is and will always be that mysterious and thought provoking arena that is full of questions and answers that lead to more questions about why things are and what may be I suspect psychology holds true to that model as my expectations for this class has inspired feelings of excited apprehension for me The excitement is based upon the opportunity of discovering the fundamental composition of my personality learning about and maybe having an opportunity to refine the motivation behind why I may behave the way I do and learning about how this subject goes well beyond my individuality as it is applied to social groups regardless of cultural or environmental backgrounds The apprehension which in all honesty may be too strong a word for this example stems from the mild intimidation I feel when studying topics entirely new to me somewhat like the statistics course of which I am currently enrolled It is not that I am timid when confronting a challenge but more along the lines of being overly concerned about the what if For example What if my work merits a poor grade Will my grade point average suffer Will it happen with the next class You can imagine the other frivolous questions that make their way into thought Fortunately I am able to remind myself that these feelings I have are just feelings and though they may be strong at times I do not have to act on them but can use them to my advantage in keeping me in check when I do for that rare instance become too confident Case in point As the first chapter of our text points out we are generally over-confident in our thinking Generally that may be so
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