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The XU Psycholog y Majors Stude nt Companion Issue No. 2 A.Y. 2012 - 2013

Shooting Stars: The New Breed Of Shine





About the cover

Stars guide us through the night. Without them, the black sky becomes a canvass of emptiness. There are times, though, that it becomes too dark that we lose our way, that we lose our selves. But even though we may not see the stars, we know they are there because when stars fall, they never really fade —they shine brighter. Those sliver of light, those specs in the night. Watch out for the shooting stars. Words by Lord Harvey Monteroso Design by Klaudette Soroño


THE CONTENTS 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 8 9 10 11 12 12 13 13


Opinion Section Digital Art: Typhoon Sendong Anniversary Thinking About Christmas The Psychology of Fear Newtown Horror Photo Diary: Psych Tour 2012 & 7th VisMin Convention Psych General Assembly 2013 Kaya Natin Kung Kaya Mo Rin!

Shooting Stars: The New Breed Of Shine What The Facts! Take It From The Seniors & The Super Seniors Komiks Ni Harvey

Farewell Message From The XUPS President Doodle Art XUPS Mission-Vision and Officers ‘12-’13



Moderator | Celeste Sagarbarria Editor-in-Chief | Lord Harvey Monteroso Associate Editor-in-Chief | Ruth Anne Suson Design & Layout Editor | Klaudette Soroño Writers | Agnes Carmela Centro, Pia Rowena Cabardo, Romaviancha Quiblat Artists | Jea Jin Jung, Antonio Veses Jr, Vincent Louie Nellas Staff | Ruby Jane Espinosa Contributors | Nestor Charles Punay, Twinkle Anne Abapo, Nathalie Curtny Valdehueza, Arcole Leahlene Cabanban, Melissa Balandra, Pauline Blaise Zharena Roxas, Nicolette Dela Cruz



ince the day I was born on May 1992, I have lived through 51 different end-of-the-worlds. So I'm pretty much an immortal now. It's not everyday you get to experience oblivion...and live to tell the tale. Seriously, though. The whole 12/21/12 hysteria was ridiculous to begin with. But being aware of an expiry date for the world kind of makes anyone anxious. 2012 was a good year for me. Despite the calamities and the frustrations that never seem to go away, I had a great time— I got to sleep in a hotel suite; I got to sing twice in a band in public with real people who actually listened; I personally met an artista twice and another artista just before the year ended; had the 1st half of my OJT in the HR office of a call center here in the city, where I did the layout for a tarp they printed and put up for everyone inside to see; spent my 20th birthday with good friends while watching Legend of Korra during our lunch break in the guidance office of a high school in Macasandig for the 2nd half of my OJT; directed a bunch of people to dance contemporary for a competition, and won 3rd place; found a dog with its hind legs taped together, and adopted it; played Kinect and Move with friends; took the Civil Service exam and passed it; read 31 novels; and I got to spontaneously climb a hill with 3 other idiots. And for a meteor to crash on Earth, solar flares to burn it to a crisp, or rogue aliens to devour it along with us humans was kind of whiplash to a swell year. It's like saying: Hey, you had a great year! Now let's end it by blowing the world up. But maybe that's the one good thing about end-of-the-worlds, though. One gets to think of the good things that happened without the bad ones spoiling them. The necessity of knowing about the complete and utter destruction of life as one knows it may be good sometimes. I get to value my life even more because I know it'll end on that day— such an irony knowing that I should value life everyday because I really don't know when the world does end for me.

You and what army

So the next end-of-the-world is on 2015. I should get ready now. I don't think I have to wait until then before I start living the good life. YOLO. x Harvey


t was a different December and January for us Psychology Students when Sendong struck Cagayan de Oro City. People were saying that instead of having midterm exams, we would be required to volunteer for the debriefing of the Sendong survivors. Some students did, some students didn’t, even if they said it was a requirement. For us who believed it was a requirement, we did our job: attended seminars, went to the schools that were assigned to us and tried to help the kids recover from losses and pain. Well, this article was meant to be an instrument to express our hurts and sentiments felt during that event, because after the debriefing we were given a lot of requirements and informed in some major classes that we will still have our midterm exams. We had expected the debriefing to be the basis of our midterm exam, but it wasn’t so after all. Worse yet, I think that wasn’t even graded. I doubt if all of the teachers even asked for the names of those who volunteered. But then I realized that complaining over what happened would not take this to something that is even worth your time, dear reader.

Ego talk

And so in this very moment I decided to let you know my greatest realization when Sendong struck, when we were needed. Psychology students and practitioners are not useless even if other people in this country tell us that we are not needed because of our culture. They say here in the Philippines it’s different, people would rather take their problems on their own and history suggests that they can; therefore, Psychologists are not needed. Well, I dare you to tell those people that if Filipinos can handle their problems very well, why is this rich and beautiful country suffering? And what history are they talking about? Is that the history of the many brilliant Filipino people who failed to do their best because of issues in their life they took for granted? I am certain that we the Psychologists or future Psychologists have a very big role in nation building, may it be in Education, Politics, Business and other sectorsof the society that needs to be improved. Do not let psychology die. You know its significance and you know you can help. x Twinkle Blotters Inc. | INKBLOT



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Thinking About

Art by Nicholette Dela Cruz


By Pia Rowena E. Cabardo and Agnes Carmela P. Centro


hristmas, taken from the old English words Crīstesmæsse, meaning “Christ’s mass”. That alone should be enough to tell anybody that Christmas is all about Christ, or Jesus. At present though, Christmas is a holiday perceived uniquely in each culture; but what they do have in common is that exchanging gifts during this season have become something similar to a tradition— ahh, the perfect time to approach your relatives with open hands, ready to receive whatever gift they’ve saved up for the past few months for you. “Thank you tita, tito. See you in the Christmas party next week!” Of course, next to the gifts are Christmas parties, often coming with a lot of food that’ll be enough for anybody to forget they ever had a diet planned out. Besides all this, have you ever wondered what sets The Pinoy Christmas apart from other Christmases? The Philippines is a highly religious country, where christianity also predominates—we can thank the Spaniards for introducing the Catholic Faith to us. Many of the people are Roman Catholic, and so Christmas is naturally a holiday that is respected and important to the Filipino people. While gifts and parties are already stapled into your unconscious (and maybe your budget plan) this season, you’re also probably thinking about Simbang Gabi or perhaps Noche Buena with your family—not to mention perhaps other church visits within the week.

Last year, Pablo came by, but devastated some of the people in Davao City. Many people were left homeless and desperate for food. I can remember my dad telling me how he saw people standing by the road, holding their hands out to ask for food to anyone passing by… In my mind, I thought, “Yet another sad Christmas for some people.” So what should you do, if you're among those who get depressed at Christmas? Mental health professionals who treat people with this problem suggest the following: 1.First, if the depression is serious, seek out help from a qualified mental health professional; 2.If you think you can handle it, go set your personal boundaries regarding the things you want to change (a ballerband will surely help, by simply transferring it to the other wrist each time you commit something that you wanted to change); 3.Don't accept any "perfect" representation of Christmas that the media, institutions or other people try to make you believe. Lower your expectations and any attachment to what it should look like; be present and enjoy each moment as best you can;

4.Become involved in giving in a nonmonetary way through charities and worthwhile causes that help less fortunate people; 5.Be grateful for what you have in your life, rather than focusing on what you don't have; 6.Avoid excessive rumination about your life; 7.Take action and do interesting and fun things; 8.If you are religious, take part in church activities that focus on the bigger meaning of Christmas (Misa de Gallo, perhaps); 9.Focus your thoughts on all the good things about Christmas--the opportunity to engage in loving kindness, generosity of spirit, and gratitude for others in your life. The Christmas season has become a difficult time for many people in our society. For those of us who don't have difficulties at this time of year, it's an opportunity to reach out to those who become depressed. For those who are depressed, it's an opportunity to take action to think, feel and act in ways that breaks free from the past. Amidst all the disaster and sadness, there’s this one song that talked about us being the reason why Jesus suffered and died. What’s Christmas really all about? Is it about the gifts that we receive from the ones we love? Is it about the parties we go to? Is it about spending time in Church? For some people, this might be the case, but personally, after all that has happened to us, I feel like I’m being asked to remember the spirit of giving, of selfsacrifice, of praying for the people that are in dire need of help.

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Lately though, that jolly spirit has been blurred because of the recent tragedies. For the second year in a row, Mother Nature has been quite moody lately, and December seems to be her favorite time to let out some steam—or storm, in this case. Last December 2011, Sendong decided to drop by and say Merry Christmas in advance, and did he ever leave our city

in shambles. Generally, Christmas was rather sad for our city because of the disaster: losing loved ones, losing your home, resorting to unfavorable ways to survive. Issues were tossed left and right about politics too, and facebook was littered with ranting, scolding, “i-don’tcare-about-the-government-because-ijust-want-to-help-the-people”-ing, and even pictures of the deceased. Thankfully though, by the grace of God, we managed to pull through and CdeO started recovering slowly.

By Ruth Anne B. Suson and Romaviancha T. Quiblat



aise your right hand and repeat after me:

I, [state your name], am an orphaned brain-eating, zombie from Russia living inside a television screen growing my long luscious black hair, waiting out for little kids to join my cult. [Haha!] I bet you could point out familiar films from that statement, couldn’t you? Admit it. You are only one of two kinds of people: Those who wouldn't touch a horror house with a ten-foot-pole, and those who go to each horror house and horror movie that opens within the Cagayan de Oro city limits. You may pretend you don't want to, but why do you let your friends persuade you? So now we understand that there are thrill-seekers and thrill-avoiders. Good. As tradition, the Xavier University Psychology Society graced the Xavier Festival Days participants with another Horror House experience on November 29 and 30, 2012. With this year’s theme, Last Full Show, the horror house that opened was a sell out with an average daily visitation of about 700 people including walk-in guests and sponsors.

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Now why on earth do horror houses and horror movies drag in such a following? Do people love so much to be scared? Is it something biological? Some difference in personality perhaps? Or is it the way you were raised? A few of the reasons that people go to indulge their craving for horror are these: An escape from reality A good horror movie pulls you in and satisfies an emotional need in you. Fear does have emotional responses, and thrill-seekers tend to experience more positive emotional responses than the thrill-avoiders. A natural high of positive emotions According to Margarita Tartakovsky, when we watch frightening films, our heart rate, blood pressure and respiration 4

increases. This response is called the excitation transfer process. When the film is over, the physiological arousal lingers on without us even noticing, and whatever emotion you have felt during the film – positive or negative, it’s intensified. So if you were enjoying the film with friends, well, let’s just say you’d be more likely to watch more horror films in the future with your barkada. A sense of bravery or accomplishment “I survived the horror house,” or a really scary movie. Fill in the blanks the way you'd like best. The long and short of the matter is this: It feels great to have something to boast about, even having watched a really scary movie especially to horror-avoiding friends.

One third year Psychology student relates to this reason. She says that the reason why she loves watching horror films and going into horror houses is because she wants to test herself. A third year SpEd student agrees to this too, saying that it’s the adventure and the feeling of success in having to have endured the thrill that keeps her coming back for more horror. An adrenaline rush The last is a very simple reason: for the thrill of it. Instead of jumping off a large cliff, why not pay at least 60php and enjoy 3 floors of bloody ghouls, right? People who love the adrenaline rush but most likely prefer a safer place to activate it in go to horror houses and horror movies to indulge their fight-or-flight syndrome. The major reason put forward by psychologists involved in studying the “fear” responses is that people who would probably, in another culture and society, be highly competitive and aim for being alpha-male prefer to do their thrillseeking in a relatively safe place. Stuart Fischoff, the professor emeritus of psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, and senior editor of the online Journal of Media Psychology said this in an interview with The Daily Beast, an online American news website: “One of the major reasons we go to scary movies is to be scared. We know that, in an hour or two, we’re going to walk out

whole. We’re not going to have any holes in our head, and our hearts will still be in our bodies.” “They know that the [monsters] aren’t going to jump out of the screen and get them, so they get a little kick of fear in a safe environment,” says Psychologist Marvin Zuckerman, Ph.D., now an emeritus professor at the University of Delaware, in a 2009 interview with the Dana foundation. An interview that was included on the 2004 DVD release of the horror movie The Grudge confirms this budding belief: Joseph Ledoux, Ph.D., a member of the Dana Alliance and a neurobiologist at Columbia University who studies the fear response, said: “I guess the real reason that we love to be scared so much when we go to the movies is because we get that adrenaline rush in a completely safe context. We don’t have the worry and anxiety that this will actually affect us in a personal and deep way.” You know what you are. Thrill-seeker? Thrill-avoider? It varies from person to person. Not like we actually get to be plain attendees to the horror house in the Xavier Festival Days, anyway. Good day, Xavier University Psychology students—whether monsters, or sweepers, or the like. I'll be seeing you in the next horror house.

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NEWTOWN HORROR O n Friday December 14, 2012, a quiet town in Southern Connecticut mourned for what was branded as the second deadliest shooting in American history. Twenty Six (26) people lost their lives in a shooting massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty of those victims were innocent children from Sandy Hook Elementary School between six and seven years of age - eight boys and twelve girls. Six of those victims were teachers who bravely tried to protect the children, one of them was the principal of the school. It was also reported that the suspect’s mother was shot as well as his girlfriend and another friend who are currently missing in New Jersey where the shooter was said to be from. Once spotted by a policeman, the suspect, wearing all black carrying 3 guns, shot himself.

Zooming in to the shooter, Adam Lanza, it was reported that he grew up in Newtown, CT and attended Sandy Hook Elementary School for a short time. He was said to have been pulled out by his mother, a staff of the school, because she did not like the district’s educational program for him. He was transferred to a catholic school and towards the end of his high school years, he was home schooled by his mother to get a GED. He studied and finished college in Western Connecticut State University. He was described by some of his teachers as “intelligent but nervous and fidgety.” He was said to have a hard time making friends and it was also reported that he was diagnosed with autism specifically Asperger’s syndrome. Leading towards

“ ‘From what I've been told, Adam was aware of her petitioning the court for conservatorship and (her) plans to have him committed,’ said Joshua Flashman, 25, who grew up not far from where the shooting took place. ‘Adam was apparently very upset about this. He thought she just wanted to send him away. From what I understand, he was really, really angry. I think this could have been it, what set him off.’” (Huff Post News) This news, however, was falsified when a friend of Adam’s mother told the New York Daily news that Nancy, Adam’s mother, sent him to a psychiatrist but was not planning on committing him to the institution. Flashman, however, adds that Adam “believed she cared more for the children than she did for him." (Huff Post News) In addition to this, some articles over the internet also blame Adam’s autism and possible tendency for violence. This news has caused a threat to foundations that cater towards the mentally ill. Richard Farley from the Birch Family Services explained in his article the pains caused by these types of news. He explains that he spends his entire left defending the mentally ill only to be put to waste because of news that a certain 20 year old man with autism terribly murders children in an elementary school. “Two recent studies confirm that AS—the form of autism that Adam Lanza is said to have had—does not make someone more likely to commit a violent crime. In an April 2011 study on the prevalence and treatment of people with AS in the criminal justice system published in Criminology and Criminal Justice, the journal of the British Society of Criminology, Ann Browning and Laura

Caulfield concluded that “recent research pertinent to the prevalence of those with AS within the offender population has produced findings which suggest that those with the disorder are not more likely than their non-AS peers to engage in criminal activity.” In addition, in “Violent Crime in Asperger Syndrome: The Role of Psychiatric Comorbidity,” their 2008 study of persons with AS who committed violent crimes, Stewart S. Newman and Mohammad Ghaziuddin found that “most of the cases of Asperger’s syndrome who commit violent crime suffer from additional psychiatric disorders.” And further, “Clinicians should look beyond the diagnosis of AS and attempt to explore the factors that might contribute to criminal behavior in this population.” In short, whatever it may be that causes one to commit a violent act, it is not Asperger's, or any other form of autism.” (Farley, 2013) The tragedy that Adam Lanza brought to Newtown extends to so many parts of the world affecting how we perceive people. Everyone is trying to figure out what made him do it. The truth is, we will never know. Most if not all blames his mental illness, his mindset, his way of thinking that is different from ours and one that we cannot fully understand. Some scientist claim that the answer is in his genes. He may have a natural tendency to be violent. Some also blame his parents for having a divorce which may have affected him negatively. Some claim that he was already a troubled child, a juvenile delinquent, a problem, so this was not surprising at all.

As future psychologists, we should be alarmed by this. Our job is not just to relieve the families that the victims have left behind but be more sensitive to those who are just like Adam Lanza who may have just needed someone whom he could talk to. After all, maybe it was not Adam Lanza to be blamed but us as a society who fails to address the problem of excluding those who we fear are different from us. Blotters Inc. | INKBLOT


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This tragedy was a shock to everyone including the father and brother of the suspect. No one could believe that a person, no less than a resident of the town, would shoot children. Many conspiracy theorists claimed that the shooting was simply a hoax; a plot of lobbyists to push stricter laws on weapon use and weapon possession. Of course, people wondered what could have entered a 20 year old man’s mind to do such a horrible thing.

the killings, a friend of Adam shared that Adam was withdrawing himself from his mother and the world. Some reports say that Adam’s mother was trying to commit him to a mental institution and that this caused a fight between them.


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Psych General Assembly 2013 by Romaviancha Quiblat


uesday, 22 January 2013 – in the intimate four corners of the XU Aggies Satellite Canteen, Psychology students from all levels, as well as a few faculty members, came marching in sporting their uniforms, big smiles, and loud cheers as they attended the Psych General Assembly 2013 that had also opened up the awaited Psych Fest for this academic year. Everyone was given a warm welcome by XUPS Vice President, Jim Catian who also gave the rundown of the schedule of activities happening during the Psych Fest. The Psych Fest activities included Psych Olympiad, Pet Expo, Psych Jam and everyone’s favorite that got the crowd roaring loud, Psych Star! The event also paved the way to introduce the running candidates for next year’s XUPS Administration. The party list Alliance of Goal-oriented and Able Psychology Enthusiasts (AGAPE) presented their platform and the ‘team’ as they say that would be running for the elections. The night was also filled with fun music and dancing as fellow Psychology students showed what they were made of. The crowd was serenaded by beautiful acoustic renditions from Via Absuelo, Moses Jamero, and Marc Adame. And it didn’t stop there, a group of third year ladies and cofans of K-Pop, called the AOGG**, got together and grooved on the dance floor with hit songs from various Korean Girl Groups! Some even got to bust their moves in the background seeing the girls dance. But just as loud as the crowd’s cheers were for the performers, a louder roar surrounded the venue as the contestants for Psych Star 2013 made their way down the catwalk in their hippest, casual outfits. Every year level showed quite a support, cheering on for each for their representatives who seemed very equip with the pick up lines. Ano'ng kaibahan namin ni Rizal? Si Rizal.... sa likod natamaan, ako NATAMAAN SA'YO. Haha J In the end, the program was wrapped up with a speech from XUPS President Mikee Roxas, who had recalled the previous activities of the year and shared the last few plans in store for the remaining months of the academic year. Indeed that night turned out, not just informative, but quite fun!

Kaya Natin Kung Kakayanin Mo Rin! By Agnes Carmela P. Centro


onths from now, our nation will once again be trooping to the polls to vote for the right leaders for our country. This is why last January 25th, we, the Xavier University Psychology Society, as a socially involved co-curricular organization, hosted a voters’ education caravan entitled “R18: Kaya Natin Kung Kakayanin Mo Rin” by Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership convened by Ateneo School of Government (Ateneo de Manila University – ASoG ) and the Office of Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan. This project was in partnership with Kristohanong Katilingban sa Pagpakabana – Social Involvement Office (KKP – SIO) and the Central Student Government (CSG). The program encouraged the ateneans to participate on the upcoming national elections presented by the Kaya Natin! Movement Officers, Mr. Wendell Balderas and Ms. Shylynne Castillo. And also, to engage on their advocacy for good governance and ethical leadership introduced by the Kaya Natin! Champions former Councilor Mabel Sunga-Acosta (1st District, Davao City) and former Gov. Rosette Lerias (Southern Leyte). The program also delivered a talk on “The Electoral Decision-making and Propensity towards Nation Building” by our very own Psychology Professor Ms. Leorupee “Carla” Barros.

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Aside from the nationally known movement, there is also this newly formed local movement convened by the KKP – SIO, “Kagayanon for Good Governance”. KKP Student Volunteer Formation Center (SVFC) Chairman Mr. Kirby Beleta and CSG Vice – President Mr. Sean Jared Lastimoso introduced it to the voters’ education participants. The program ended with the participants giving their pledge (as a good Filipino citizen) written on paper and dropped into an exaggerated ballot box as a metaphor of the importance of their vote. This project would not be successful if it was not for those youth who supported the advocacy to change politics. Because we, the youth, have the time, energy and creativity, we are the ones responsible for this generation. Together, we will be able to reach more young Filipino leaders and help them become real catalysts for change. Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership is looking for volunteers (students and professionals) here in Cagayan de Oro City. The movement encourages you to engage into nation building. You may choose from these thematic areas: 1) Politics and Governance 2) Voters’ Education 3) Legal Affairs 4) Environment 5) Disaster Risk Reduction and Management 6) Health 7) Education For more information, you may go to KKP Volunteer Center (A101), or you can also send an email to 8

An end to their 2-year reign, Ferolino Gaite and Natasha Alagar hand down their Psych Star titles to the new Stars. Who are these two new faces to look forward to? Let’s get to know more about them.

Shooting Stars: By Klaudette Soroño

The New Breed Of Shine



Bob Kevin Castillo

Eena Regina Pantanosas

How tall are you? 5'11” Worst fear? Spiders. Talents? Hobbies? I love photography.. and singing. What are the words you live by? Everything happens for a reason. Why did you join Psych star? Nailad ug napugos... But it was also an oppurtunity in telling everyone I EXIST. Did you expect winning? Wala jud kay abi nako na higher levels pirmi ga daog. Any words of advice for the next candidates? Dapat ready, especially sa pag face sa crowd. Plans after college? Hopefully mag Med or mag work na dritso. Any plans of shifting? Wala na. :)

How tall are you? 5'3" What are the things you enjoy and love to do? I love dancing. I also enjoy joining school pageants. You are good at what? Baking... Worst fear? Needles... Why choose Psychology? I want to learn more about Child Development. Why did you join Psych Star? Gipugos... But I am fond of joining pageants, since high school pa. And gadaog man sad. What kind of preparations did you do other than the talent and Q/A portion? Gi-ready na nako akong self sa tanan posible na ma-happen. Did you expect winning? No.. Not at all.

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Psych Star 2013: Eena (1st year) & Bob (2nd year) Mr. and Ms. Photogenic: Eena & Renzo (1st year) Couple of the Night: Katya & Harvey (4th year) Best in Talent: Rob & Althea (3rd year) Special thanks to: Photos by Arcole Leahlene Cabanban

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Advocate and user of cocaine

Freud developed an interest in the potential antidepressant effects of cocaine and initially advocated its use for a variety of purposes. After the addictive and harmful side effects of cocaine became known, Freud's medical reputation suffered somewhat as a result.

The doctor is in... love!

Freud became a Doctor in order to marry the woman he loved. When Freud was 26, he fell madly in love with a 21-year-old woman named Martha Bernays and they became engaged two months later. As a poor student still living with his parents, Freud’s science lab job did not pay enough to support a family. Six months after they met, Freud gave up his scientific career and become a doctor. He spent three years training at the Vienna General Hospital and was rarely able to see his fiance who had moved to Germany. After four years of waiting, Freud and Bernays were married on September 14, 1886.

By Nestor Charles Punay

WHAT THE FACTS!? 6 7 Oh my...

Social Psychology contends that getting paid for doing something you like makes you less creative.


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Flashbulb memory is very vivid. Remembering traumatic or dramatic events in great detail is called “flashbulb memory” by psychologists, and has been studied for several decades. Emotions are processed in the amygdala part of the mid-brain, and the amygdala is very close to the hippocampus. The hippocampus is involved in the long term coding of information into memories. So it is no surprise to psychologists that emotionally laden memories might be very strong and remembered vividly.



Mind wandering is a very common phenomena. We underestimate our mind wandering; according to Jonathan Schooler of UC, Santa Barbara, we think our minds are wandering about 10% of the time, when it is actually much more. In normal every day activities our mind is wandering up to 30% of the time, and in some cases, for instance when driving on an uncrowded highway, it might be as high as 70%.


Hey, Ink!

Rorschach’s nickname as a child was “inkblot”.


Left or right?

The idea that there are “right brain” and “left brain” people is a myth.

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Stress changes your perceptions. Research on stress shows that a little bit of stress (called arousal in psychology terms) can help you perform a task, because it heightens awareness. Too much stress, however, degrades performance. Two psychologists, Robert Yerkes and John Dodson first postulated this arousal/performance relationship, and hence it has been called the “YerkesDodson law” for over a century.

For the younger Psych majors, here are some of the million words of wisdom from your dear sweet ates and kuyas...

{ { { { { “Pray first before drink... then drink while study.” —LUIGI (Of course, prayer before meals is a must.)

“Study hard, party harder!” —FERO (Don’t we all?)

“Let your life be a proof of God’s love.” —PERRY

“AMDG..” (Apparently, due to deep words of wisdom, he/she wishes to remain anonymous..)

“Work hard and all of it will be greatly paid off.” —Alexandra


(Sure ka beer lang? :D)

“Commit all your mistakes here because there’s no room for mistakes outside.”

“Never take your studies for granted, keep in mind that after this, you need to find a job to support yourself already. Don't just learn about the subjects, also learn how to be independent.”

berries —Ms. Sugarslati on) (Hint: English tran

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“Time is always there, we just need to decide on which among a lot of possibilities do we want to happen in our lives.”

“Pag inuma mo ug beer pero study una.” —Gringo

(Anti-cyber crime law or not, I guess we ought to cite Mr. Steve Jobs for this too.)

(Good going in citing Dr. Seuss, unlike other people we know. :3)

“Don’t let yourself be pressured too much by other people, because the fulfillment and happiness from what you do are more important than what other people think of you. And of course, don’t forget to pray to God always.” —NOVA

“Pwede ra mag kida-kida basta ang trip nimo kay mag study!”

“Play hard, study harder, pray hardest!” —Misay

“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” —Thor

“Accept your imperfections kay according ni Dr. Seuss: Today you are you. That’s truer than true. There’s no one alive who’s youer than you.” — MARNI

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KOMIKS ni Harvey

Like the little prince saying goodbye to his rose, it is difficult to imagine how things will be after this. XUPS has become part of my daily routine and

maybe even my life. Like the little prince, I spent the entire year taking care

of it; protecting it from the sheep that want to eat it and from the baobabs that try to steal the light and water from it. I tended it every day, giving it its petty wants and perceived needs, spoiling it until it believed that it was the most beautiful thing in the planet. Whether the rose has fully bloomed or not? I don’t know. But it has

become so important to me that all I see is its beauty. To those who have been part of XUPS, thank

you. You have been a family

to me. XUPS would not be where it is now – back to the top – without all your hard work. To the new administration, I always told the officers of this administration that this year is not ours. This

year is meant for rebuilding the organization. It is meant to bring XUPS back to its feet. It is meant to be the bridge to a better XUPS. Now it is your turn. Take care of it. It is not yet that strong. It hasn’t fully

CIAO, XUPS! Mikee Roxas, XUPS President AY 2012-2013

recovered yet from the last time it was abandoned. Build fences to protect it. Give it water and light. If you could, add some fertilizer to make it better. Spoil it if you have to. Love it. Let it be your rose as well. Kthanksbye.


Art by Antonio Veses Jr and Vincent Louie Nellas

XAVIER UNIVERSITY PSYCHOLOGY SOCIETY MISSION-VISION The Xavier University Psychology Society envisions every student of the Xavier University psychology community as individuals with a balanced mind, body and spirit; who are competent, conscientious and committed to individual and social development. With a rational mind, the Xavier University psychology student fosters academic integrity in which the individual is adept to the basic psychological theories and processes; is engaged in scholastic activities that changes his skills and knowledge as a psychology student, and is grounded to a future best fit his chosen psychological career. With a ready body, the Xavier University psychology student is actively and systemically prepared to share his knowledge to the community to help the society in times of psychological need and counsel and to proactively use theories and processes that clarify, rectify and define individual and social phenomena. With a dedicated spirit, the Xavier University psychology student manages both mind and body to become their individual selves—independent and self-sufficient member of the school, the community and the world. He uses his skills, knowledge and social concern, with his own personality and perspective to strengthen individuality and societal development. In sum, the Xavier University Psychology Society seeks to form Xavier University psychology students who are mentally, socially and spiritually balanced, and are devoted to the psychological development of the self and the community.

XUPS OFFICERS AY 2012-2013 Pauline Blaise Zharena Roxas President Jim Ryan Catian Vice President Janeene Ladrido General Secretary Roxette Carla del Carmen Assistant Secretary Betsy Cailing Treasurer Raj Batao Auditor John Tracy Calanno Internal PRO Alexa Rand Aquino External PRO

Jamie Irene Chio & Nestor Charles Punay 4th year representatives



Human Resources Academics Office Manager: Head: Nathalie Curtny Valdehueza Micah Mae Curilan Frances Mae Louisse Picar & Associate Head: Arcole Cabanban Assistant: Melissa Balandra Anitta Joy Nuevo 3rd year representatives Special Events Logistics Head: Fidez Joahara Pajo Office Manager: Pauline Christy Paduganan & Associate Head: Nicole Floirendo Dhaniel Velez Maribelle Jett Torejas Assistant: Sophia Heria 2nd year representatives Spiritual Enhancement Dept. Head: Misaelle Magallanes Autonomous Bodies Under Documentation & Creatives XUPS Office Manager: Natazsha Lagar Social Involvement Assistant: Klaudette SoroĂąo Dept. Head: Agnes Centro Inkblot Editor-in-Chief: Finance & Budgeting Harvey Monteroso Office Manager: Ranilyn Abucayon Justice of Peace/Constitution Commissioner: Promotions Roxanne Ador Lopez Office Manager: Twinkle Abapo Blotters Inc. | INKBLOT


XUPS Inkblot Issue No. 2 A.Y. 2012-2013  

The 2nd Issue of Inkblot, the official publication of Xavier University Psychology Society 2012-2013.

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