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Pinterest 101

Looking for creative lesson plans, an inspirational quote, a new healthy recipe or a good book? Now, you can find them all on one site—Pinterest, a fun tool for saving and organizing things you love.

Learn the Pinterest Lingo

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There’s new terminology to learn with every social media site, and, with Pinterest, you’ll need to become familiar with boards and pins. We recommend thinking about Pinterest as a collection of virtual bulletin “boards” to which you can attach your favorite pictures and links with virtual push “pins.”

The pictures you pin might be inspirational or might just be something you like. You can also pin links to sites or information that you think will eventually come in handy (pinning is similar to bookmarking web pages, only it's more visual).

Most people organize their boards by topic, so that they can easily find the pins when they are looking for them in the future. For example, you might have one board for party ideas, one for exercises and one for remodeling projects you’d like to do around the house. Most pins link to a website that includes the picture featured in the pin.

You can follow other people’s boards on topics you like so that you can see what they pin. Their pins will then appear in your feed, which is the first thing you see when you log in to Pinterest. You can even repin items that you like and that you want to save on your own board. If people like what you pin, they’ll follow your boards in return.

Get Pinning

If you’re new to Pinterest, you’ll need to set up an account and create your boards before you start pinning. Pinterest has some helpful forums that can get you going:

Joining Pinterest
Pins, repins and likes
Add, edit or delete a board
Following boards and people
And lots of other Pinterest basics

Start playing around. You’ll get the hang of it. In addition to re-pinning items you like, you can also install a “Pin It” button for your browser so that you can pin any image at any time while you are surfing the web.

If you have questions about Pinterest, post them on our Facebook page and we’ll try to help.

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Find Us on Pinterest

Find us at http://pinterest.com/argosyu/. Follow our boards for career advice, inspiration and more. You can also create your own board titled “My Argosy University” where you can pin photos that motivate you to keep going with your education or represent your field of study, your dream job or anything else you associate with your experience at Argosy University, Online Programs. We look forward to seeing what pins you find!

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Psychological and Physical Benefits of Being Social

Humans are social animals. Research shows that having a strong network of support or strong community bonds fosters both emotional and physical health and is an important component of adult life. Over the years, there have been a number of studies showcasing the relationship between social support and the quality of physical and psychological health.

The Research

While most studies examining the benefits of social support have focused on the elderly (Steptoe, Dockray, & Wardle, 2009), having a strong social network is crucial for psychological and physical health, regardless of age. For example, a study on incoming college freshmen found that social support was effective in reducing depression in both those who have healthy self-esteem and those with a poor self-image (Cohen, Sherrod, & Clark, 1986). The authors of this study found that belonging to a social network helped ease the stress for people entering university life.

Social involvement is also important as we age. In a study of Europeans over the age of 50, Sirven and Debrand (2008) found that individuals who participated in social or community activities were more likely to report good or very good health. The study was based on data from the Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) and included 11 European countries and 22,000 households (31,000 individuals).

What We Think

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At Argosy University, Online Programs, we hope that you learn from these studies and continue to build the support networks in your lives. In addition to the psychological and physical benefits of having a support system, having friends and family who know about your academic and professional goals may help you to achieve them.

The support and encouragement from your friends and family will motivate you, and you can ask them to check in regularly on how you are doing in classes. Because they believe in you and because you see them so often, you won’t want to disappoint them. Plus, they’ll be excited to hear about your success!

For the last week of the Student Hero Contest, we hope you continue to network with other students online and also start talking with your family and friends about your online education experiences. If your hero is a family member or a friend you see every day rather than a student, we encourage you to still enter the contest and tell us about why he or she is so important to you!

Sources

Cohen, S., Sherrod, D. R., & Clark, M. S. (1986). Social Skills and the Stress-Protective Role of Social Support. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 50(5), 963-973.

Sirven, N., & Debrand, T. (2008). Social participation and healthy ageing: An international comparison using SHARE data. Social Science & Medicine, 67, 2017-2026.

Steptoe, A., Dockray, S., & Wardle, J. (2009). Positive Affect and Psychobiological Processes Relevant to Health. Journal of Personality, 77(6), 1747-1776.

Walen, H. R., & Lachman, M. E. (2000). Social Support and Strain from Partner, Family, and Friends: Costs and Benefits for Men and Women in Adulthood. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 17, 5-30.

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Celebrating Women in the History of Psychology

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Women have contributed substantially to psychology throughout the history of the science. In celebration of Women’s History Month, Argosy University, Online Programs is showcasing five extraordinary women who have helped to shape the development of the field.

 

Anna Freud (1895-1982), daughter of the famous Sigmund Freud, made an enduring contribution to the field of child psychology and development. Considered the founder of child psychoanalysis, Anna spent a great deal of time working with and observing children. Unlike many theorists, she believed that human development was continuous through life with progression and regression. She believed that both nature and nurture mattered, and that normal development could provide a frame of reference for many psychological disorders (Mayes & Cohen, 1996).

Karen Horney (1885-1952) is known for her work in feminine psychology and the role of culture in human development. Horney rejected many of Sigmund Freud’s widely embraced theories, believing that they were male-dominated. She believed that a child’s perceptions of events, rather than the actual events themselves or the actions of parents, mattered more in development. Horney also believed that social and cultural experiences played a large part in shaping personality (Hitchcock, 2005).

Mary Ainsworth (1913-1999) is also known for her work on child development, particularly attachment theory, which is based upon the premise that children who establish secured bonds with their caretakers develop into healthier adults. Ainsworth was influenced and worked alongside John Bowlby, providing substantial observational data to his theories. She was also influential for her work on the environmental role on the development of personalities (Ainsworth & Bowlby, 1991).

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926-2004) was a Swiss-American psychiatrist who worked in the field of thanatology (the study of death and dying). Kübler-Ross was extremely influential in the study of grief and how people coped with death. In 1969, she published a book describing five stages experienced by people who were terminally ill: shock, anger, bargaining, grief and acceptance (Worth, 2005).

Lorna Wing (1928-) is an English psychiatrist who has been a pioneer in the study of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), coining the term “Asperger’s Syndrome” to describe higher-functioning autistic children. ASD is a range of neurodevelopmental disorders that are characterized by social impairments and stereotypical and repetitive speech and behavior. Wing developed the concept of an autism spectrum and introduced Austrian psychiatrist Hans Asperger’s work to the English-speaking world (Feinstein, 2010).

Learn about the programs offered in the College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences at Argosy University, Online Programs today.

Sources

  • Ainsworth, M. D., & Bowlby, J. (1991). An Ethological Approach to Personality Development. American Psychologist, 46, 333-341.
  • Feinstein, A. (2010). A History of Autism: Conversations with the Pioneers. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. 
  • Hitchcock, S. T. (2005). Karen Horney: Pioneer of Feminine Psychology. Philadelphia, PA: Chelsea House Publishers.
  • Mayes, L., & Cohen, D. (1996). Anna Freud and developmental psychoanalytic psychology. Psychoanalytic Study of Children, 41, 117-41.
  • Worth, R. (2005). Elisabeth Kübler-Ross: Encountering Death and Dying. Philadelphia, PA: Chelsea House Publishers.
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