Going back to school…

This is my first week going for certification in Medical Office Assistant and Insurance Coding. After a few years of being out of school, noticing not to hard to jump right back in. I find the greatest benefit is making my mind work hard again. Much needed after a three year sabbatical.

One more item: Due to delegating finances, I will have a new blog and this one will be deleted. New blog is monalisasthoughts.wordpress.com. Please make a note of it.

So wish me luck everyone!

Until next time,

Monalisa

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Social Modeling

I was looking over my thesis from my Master’s degree and found one of my research papers on Social Modeling. Please read the excerpt below and see if it helps you understand how people perceive the world around them and change a habit.

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Excerpt from Lasher’s Social Modeling

 

People will achieve success or failure due to their positive or negative outlook.  Self-efficacy is the driving force of social modeling.  Self-efficacy is an individual’s estimate or personal judgment of his or her own ability to succeed in reaching a specific goal.  This can be quitting smoking, losing weight, stop drinking, changing a behavior, or reducing stress.  It is based on the person’s belief to excel. When a person believes they can successfully accomplish something based on their attitude or ability to complete the task, they will do well.  The person must realize the benefit of finishing something outweighs the struggle it may take to complete it.  (Changing Theories, 2006).

Dr. Carlo DiClemente found in his research that a person can be influenced to be positive about their outlook when trying to change their lifestyle.  He saw when using the Transtheoretrical Model of Change that Dr. James Prochaska and he developed, a person did not have to hit bottom to be motivated to change a behavior.  They saw unmotivated people could be encouraged to cease behaviors because the model focused on where they were in the process of change, and not focused on the end result. In most programs to quit an addictive behavior, the approach is an all or none event to stop the behavior.  DiClemente and his colleagues used gradual steps that involved multiple tasks.  It gave the people different coping activities.  The research focused on positive outcomes and showing the people they could achieve success by changing a little bit at a time.  They were not pushed to change, but rather they each learned how to change at their own pace.   DiClemente used this model at a Houston clinical research unit.  The people researched had a dependence to alcohol.  The researchers could determine which person would have a good outcome and who would have a poor outcome to stop drinking.  The people who were successful had a high self-efficacy during the program.   It was interesting to note, that this success rate did not matter whether the person was in the inpatient or outpatient program.  The results were still the same. (Amaria, Tartaglia,  2002).

The HBM, Health Behavior Model in Changing Theories discussed the same concept. It is a psychological model that predicts behaviors by focusing on attitudes and beliefs of individuals.  The Health Behavior Model was one of the first models to adapt theory from behavioral sciences to address health problems.  It is still one of the most widely recognized conceptual frameworks to help in all types of health behaviors.  (Changing Theories, 2006).

Reflecting on what I learned from the learning theories draws me to this conclusion.  We need both cognitive and behavior theories to understand a personality and to utilize social modeling.   A cognitive theory will highlight a learner who might doubt their capabilities to learn may end up working halfheartedly.  This in turn will help the person who is teaching to see the problem and be able to help the person.  While behavioral theories contends that motivating  positive reinforcement of a learning style, and using reinforcements will cause the person to succeed simply because good behavior was reinforced and effective reinforcers were present. (Learning Theories, 2004).   In this instance, using both the operant conditioning technique of B.F. Skinner and DiClemente’s Transtheoretical Model would be beneficial for any personality trait.  Both techniques do involve a process.  Other theories only show a measured success if the person showed great improvement.  Both techniques of Skinner and DiClemente help the person maintain a positive behavior over time.  Social modeling can’t happen overnight. Using these theories would be beneficial to the person, by keeping them positive when facing new challenges, and reducing stress.   I feel the person would feel successful at a higher percentage rate and be less likely to feel like they are a failure.

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A. Lasher Footprint

 

The bottom line is can this research relate in the workplace, the classroom or dealing with other people in general?  Yes, I believe studying different personalities and learning styles of people will help the facilitator, the teacher, the manager, or the worker get along with other people.  People tend to judge too quickly when they see a trait that is undesirable.   For example in an office, if each person was given an assessment to understand their personalities and the personalities of their co-workers, I believe there would be more harmony in the workplace.  In turn, the manager of the office would see the strengths and weaknesses of each individual and utilize self-efficacy to promote their strengths.    I feel this would work when a facilitator was preparing for a training or lecture.  They would be able to see the different personalities and use self-efficacy to get the people to respond in a positive manner.  Using self-efficacy is a key to pulling out of an individual the inner strength of that person, or seeing what makes them tick.   Social modeling is so critical in our society today.  People need to become aware of their strengths as well as their weaknesses.  They need to see it is not all about them, but what they do will affect someone else.  Above anything else, people need to believe that they can succeed.                         

References:

Changing Theories. (2006). Retrieved May 16, 2014 from:  http://www.comminit.com/changetheories/ctheories/changetheories-51.html

Amaria, H., Tartaglia, D., UMDNJ, School of Public Health, ICSA DiClemente, Carlo.  Retrieved September 19, 2006 from:  http://newsroom.mbooth.com/sainnovators/profiles/CarloDiClemente.html.

Barker, K. (2006).   The Sabido Methodology. Population Media Center, Jair Vega Casanova: The Communication Initiative.

Fishbein, M. (1986 -1991). Developing Effective Behavior Change Interventionssummarizing Bandura. University Of Illinois.  p. 3.

Velicer, W. F, Prochaska, J. O., Fava, J. L., Norman, G. J., & Redding, C. A. (1998).  Smoking cessation and stress management. Applications of the Transtheoretical Model. of behavior change. Homeostasis, 38, 216-233.

Velicer, W.F., Prochaska, J.O., Rossi, J., & DiClemente, C.C. (1996). A criterion measurement model for addictive behaviors. Addictive Behaviors, 21: 555-584.

Skinner, B.F. Simply Psychology, Retrieved May 16, 2014 from http://www.simplypsychology.org/operant-conditioning.html

Until next time,

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A. Lasher Converse

Monalisa

 

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A child in the room with two different colored dolls…

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I saw a posting from Upworthy today and it made me tear up.  The video is an experiment with children, replicating the experiment designed by Kenneth and Mamie Clark in the ’30s in the U.S.This reminded me of a psychological study done in United States many years ago in which the scientist created an environment of racism to see how the children would react. Basically the children were told that blue eyed children were smarter than other children. The next day the scientist informed the children that brown eyed children were smarter than other children. The results were the same as the video below. It was part of a campaign “Racism in Mexico”. The video was completed with the safety of the children and afterward there was a workshop designed to help the parents and children. The video was produced in a space of trust and the children answered with complete freedom.

Humans are not born prejudice, it is a learned behavior, much like bullying. Retraining our young people and changing how we look at each other is so important to stop the cruelty of racism.

(The video is in Spanish so please feel free to click on the CC button to turn captions on or off.) Translation of Spanish slides starting at 2:57

Until next time,

Monalisa

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Jazz Fest 2014

What a fantastic time I had last weekend at the Jazz Fest. New Orleans certainly knows how to throw a party! Great food, drink, and of course, MUSIC! The art was divine this year with Terrance Osborne’s beautiful poster.

Terrance Osborne

Terrance Osborne

I had the honor to meet and discuss art with two of the most famous artists at the fest: Bruce Brice Jr. and Richard C. Thomas. Mr. Brice was the first artist who created a poster for the Jazz Fest 45 years ago.

Bruce Brice

Bruce Brice

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Bruce Brice, Mardi Gras Indians

Mr. Thomas is known for his 1989 Fats Domino poster. They were both so humble and wonderful and very interested in my Human Trafficking Series.

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Richard C. Thomas, Fats Domino Poster

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Richard C. Thomas

Richard C. Thomas and Terrance Osborne, 2014

Richard C. Thomas and Terrance Osborne, 2014

I bought a print for my God-daughter, Jerusalem, but had no idea Mr. Thomas was going to sign it for her. Because it is a surprise, I will wait to show you the print. However, I loved one print in particular which I am going to try to get for my sons. Since they do not read this blog, it will still be a surprise for them.

Richard C. Thomas,  God and Drew Brees! Who DAT!

Richard C. Thomas, God and Drew Brees! Who DAT!

What else can I say but…

WHO DAT!

Monalisa

 

 

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New Orleans Bound!

By the time you read this, I will be traveling with one of my wonderful friends to New Orleans for the Jazz Fest. Second time within a month. Since the hurricane, the city has done wonders to make it more accessible for visitors. So grateful that the city still has its place in history and cleaned up its act for visitors. Here are some photos from last month: 

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Au revoir à bientôt, 

Monalisa

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Aida

Please click on the link below to see a wonderful photographer.

Aida.

Until next time,

Monalisa

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Luke Cooper on NBC’s The Voice, Season 6

I am very happy to announce to my blogger friends that one of my “sons” will be on NBC’s The Voice. There may be a chance that he will be appearing tonight in the blind auditions, so, please do not miss Season Six of The Voice. It will be memorable.

I first met Luke when he came to the house to do a unplugged jam session with my son, Alex and another friend, Daniel. When Luke started singing, mind you he was just harmonizing, I literally had goosebumps. Over the last eight years, I’ve watched him grow into a strong singer, musician, leader, and man of God. So, yes, I am very proud to know such an amazing talent. Below are photographs I took of Luke and the band, except for “Luke 2”.

Enjoy.

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Luke 1

Luke 1

Luke 2

Luke 2

Colorcast Veteran in Texas

Colorcast Veteran in Texas

Alex and Luke with band

Alex and Luke with band

Until next time,

Monalisa

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