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BC: I feel as though both me and my teacher have reached Identity Achievement (the state of having developed well-defined personal values and self-concepts though identities may be expanded and further defined , basics are there and are committed to an ideology, having a strong sense of ego identity) in terms of James Marcia's identity states. I might be saying this prematurely but I feel as though I have formed my value system already, the beliefs and morals that I hold today I will abide by forever. My teacher definitely knows where she is at in terms of identity; she has a clear sense of who she is.

1: Shreya Dhital | My Baby Book AP Psychology Development Project

2: My mother knew she was pregnant within the first month because she started vomiting right away. When the doctor confirmed it, she was surprised but she was ready for it and she wanted to have a baby, she pictured me right away as a girl, she wanted to raise a strong girl.

3: "She would feel most pukey around meat, garlic and onions and felt nauseas when she was in the kitchen. She was very weak from throwing up. She remembers me kicking around 6 months into the pregnancy; at first it was scary but later she was soothed by it. Her back ached and around 8 months I was so big it was hard to sleep. Her and her three friends were pregnant at the same time, she was 27. The first thing she remembers was me crying and the doctor brought me to her cheek for a kiss.

4: My parents had to read a book about pregnancy as they were totally new to it. My dad talked to me all the time when I was in my mom. My dad was sick on the night of, but apparently he completely recovered: when he first saw me it was beyond anything he could imagine, he's not usually emotional but then he felt like a kid .

5: My dad was concerned about my mom's surgery but she didn’t show sign of fear | My name means ‘perfection’ in the Hindu book. My parents wanted a unique name, and something religious.

6: I first: Sat up at 5 months Teethed at 7 months Walked at 8 months All of these within the average time. My vision is also normal,it always has been. | It took my parents 2 years to name me other names that they were contemplating include "Sauravi".

7: I was officially potty trained: 9 months | My mother wasn’t in labor, I was a Ceasarian. My birth weight was 2.9kg and birth height is unknown .

8: My first word, was “Mamu” while I was calling out to my mom. | I never had any language barriers...

9: Funny sounds that I used to make were “Mola” in trying to say ‘Mora’, like my grandmom. In Nepali, it basically means rascal, and I was pretty much yelling it out at anyone ( got my grandmom into some trouble)

10: I was most attached to my mom because she was always with me, we’re still very close. | Imprinting: A type of basic bonding , when a newborn animal follows the first moving thing it sees after it is born, this theory definitely supports my attachment, my mother was the first person I came in contact with and I was always most intimate with her.

11: I never really had anything similar to Harlow’s contact comfort for blankets or toys, contact comfort comes from a child’s physical contact with the mother or caregiver, however my mother remained my primary source of comfort. | Overall affects of no attachment (caused neglect, abuse, or separation from caregivers after about six months but before about three years) include a lack of emotional responsiveness from the child and later on social problems.

12: Puberty to me means growing up, and reaching the point in life when you are making the transition from childhood to adulthood. | Adolescent egocentrism talks about adolescent belief that others are highly attentive to their behavior and appearance. I definitely care about what I look like, and I’ve often been accused of thinking that everyone else does too, but I know no one’s really so attentive to my looks. However, the boys in my class are immaculately attentive when it comes to pointing our any flaws of the girls, so when I do get conscious I know its not paranoia.

13: Imaginary audience is Elkind’s term for adolescents’ delusions that they are constantly being observed by others. To be honest, I don’t experience this that often, so I am capable of doing some really wacky things in public without a care. However, I do get the feeling that everyone is watching when I’m in the pool, I feel extremely self conscious at those moments. | Personal fable is Elkind’s term for adolescents’ delusions that they are unique, very important and invulnerable. I think I am very unique and important all the time, sometimes, however I get the shock of my life when I see people in the exact same situation as me asking questions in the College Boards blogs and things. I don’t think I am invulnerable though, I feel very vulnerable at times.

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