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This is a comprehensive set of all my blogs for the past 10 weeks. I can honestly say that this was one of my favorite and most educational classes I took at UCLA.
My topic for the chapter is "desire", and the overarching theme for the book is "sex". After some research into these two highly related topics, I decided to focus on writing about the cultural suppression of female sexuality and how there is a double standard for expression of sexuality between males and females.
What is love? It seems as if it’s all around us. The number one biggest selling holiday in America is a love holiday, where the sales just this past Valentine’s day reached over $19.7 billion dollars (White, 2016). The Western Society is infatuated with love from the music, movie, and entertainment content. We hear it every song we like, every radio show we listen to, and in every genre of movie, no matter if it’s James Bond or Mr. Beans.
Perceptions vary from person to person to person, so, I will be delving into the various aspects of sensory and psychological perception. My introduction begins with the sensory system and input through the five senses. The stimulus/input is always the same but perceptions are what give things new meaning to us. Our brain utilizes many techniques for categorizing and classifying incoming information based on previous experiences. Our brain is also able to sort out important information from all of the hodgepodge we are bombarded with on a daily basis.
When I look back at the history of my time at UCLA, I can surely name many stimulating classes that have made me question the society we live in. One of the first classes I ever took was “Sociology of Health, Illness, and Disease.” On the first day of class our professor began asking us a range of questions.
What does it mean to be ill?
What is considered a mental illness?
If depression and anxiety are considered mental illnesses, then aren’t we all a little mentally ill?
Do you know if you are mentally ill?