Psychology of Adjustment: The Search for Meaningful Balance combines a student focus with state-of-the-art theory and research to help readers understand and adjust to life in a context of continuous change, challenge, and opportunity. Incorporating existential and third wave behavioral psychology perspectives, the authors emphasize the importance of meaning, mindfulness, and psychologically-informed awareness and skill. An inviting writing style, examples from broad ethnic, cultural, gender, and geographic areas, ample pedagogical support, and cutting-edge topical coverage make this a psychological adjustment text for the 21st century.

Experience and Learning

Experience and Learning

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the principles and techniques of classical and operant conditioning.
  • Discuss ways that individuals experience social learning and its advantages.
  • Explain the principles of Piaget’s and Vygotsky’s theories of cognitive development.
  • Explain what active learning is, how it can be achieved, and how it impacts adjustment.

It had been only a few months—less than half a year really—and the young college student returned to his familiar haunts from high school. What he found was comfortable and known. The businesses in his hometown were the same, and the people who walked the streets and interacted with each other were friendly. Yet the student noted that they saw him as different. The student spoke at a different pace, used new words, thought of ...

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