First Nations Spirituality

Origins -Archaeological evidence suggests humans came to North America approximately 14,000 years ago, across the Bering land bridge -Most First Nations creation stories suggest that people have simply always been here (e.g. The Haida people’s Raven story, Iroquois people’s turtle island story Beliefs -Many First Nations people practice Christianity – a reminder of the impact…

Three Aspects of Religion

Religion as Belief Belief in what? The truth and existence of God(s) and/or Goddess(es) Cosmic Order? Afterlife? “Something out there” Truth contained in religious texts, doctrines (beliefs), and/or ethics? Why do people believe?  What convinces them of their belief? What does this sort of belief do for the believer? Religion as Rite (practice) Sacraments, prayer,…

Mental Disorders: Types and Causes

What is “abnormal”? Mental disorders are characterized by abnormal behaviour, thoughts and feelings “abnormal” – any departure from the norm (different) Examples?? Pejorative connotation – characteristics we dislike or fear Behaviour is maladaptive Causes distress or discomfort, often interfere with people’s ability to lead useful, productive lives, make it impossible for people to hold jobs,…

Wilhelm Wundt: Biography and Contributions

Introduction: Real name: Wilhelm Maximilian Wundt Was a German medical doctor, psychologist, physiologist, and professor. Widely known as the father of experimental psychology Studied at many universities in Germany especially in medicine the first one in history to be called a ‘psychologist’ Best Known for: Voluntarism Introspection (observation or examination of one’s own mental and…

Schizotypal Personality Disorder

Definition Schizotypal personality disorder is characterized by an ongoing pattern in which the affected person distances him- or herself from social and interpersonal relationships. A person with Schizotypal personality disorder has odd behaviors and thoughts that would typically be viewed by others as eccentric, erratic, and bizarre. Incidence in the Population Prevalence of Schitzotypal disorder…

Avoidant Personality Disorder (APD)

Avoidant Personality Disorder (APD) is a condition characterized by extreme shyness, feelings of inadequacy, and sensitivity to rejection. Causes: Avoidant Personality disorder usually appears in early childhood with signs of excessive shyness when the child is faced with new situations and new people. This disorder may also be influenced by a combination of social, genetic,…

Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD)

What Is Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD)? a personality disorder/psychological mental illness that involves disregard for the rights or others, as well as impulsive, irresponsible and aggressive behaviour. Incidence in the population 3% in males and 1% in females. It is seen in 3% to 30% of psychiatric outpatients. even higher in prisons (80-85%). higher among…

Physical Anthropology

–         Most people look to religion to explain human existence, the origin of the universe, and the meaning of existence However many theories from science have surfaced over the past 150 years… –         The Theory of Evolution states that human ancestry is from lower life forms –         Many paleontologists have overwhelming fossil evidence that supports…