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The Fault in Our Stars AP Psychology Presentation

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Transcript of The Fault in Our Stars AP Psychology Presentation

Hierarchy of Needs
Musical Intelligence
Movie Trailer
The Fault in Our Stars
(mentioned on page 212)
Hazel Grace Lancaster
Augustus Waters
"According to Maslow, I was struck on the second level of the pyramid, unable to feel secure in my health and therefore unable to reach for love and respect and art and whatever else, which is, of course, utter horses***: The urge to make art or contemplate philosophy does not go away when you are sick. Those urges just become transfigured by illness" (page 212).
"...and most people seemed to agree with him (Maslow). But not August. I always thought he could love me because he'd once been sick. Only now did it occur to me that maybe he still was" (page 217).
Group therapy:

Multiple people meet regularly to interact and help one another to achieve insight into their feelings and behaviors.
Shows client that s/he is not the only person with that problem.
Hazel's Personality
Please move desks and form into a circle around the classroom
Anthony and Chris will be therapists and ask questions
Wheeler's AP Psychology Class:
Group Therapy Session
Augustus in Cancer Kid
Support Group
"'I fear oblivion,' he said without a moment's pause. 'I fear it like the proverbial blind man who's afraid of the dark'" (page 12).
Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence
There are a variety of love songs produced by numerous artists
People use music to express their love for one another, and there different types of love, not just romantic
In AP Psychology, we learned...
Passionate love:
An aroused state of intense positive absorption in another, usually present at the beginning of a love relationship.
Companionate love:
The deep affectionate attachment we feel for those with whom our lives are intertwined.

Linguistic Intelligence
Unconditional love
Accepts the recipient for whom s/he is, regardless of flaws
Committed and chosen love
Affectionate, warm and tender platonic love
"Friendship love," livens up to Agape love
Family/friendship love
Naturally felt by parents for their children
Love felt by family members for each other
Drives you to forgive
Passionate & intense love, romantic feelings
Triggers "high" feelings in new relationships
Emotional/sexual love
Deals with control of one’s bodily motions and capacity to handle objects skillfully.
Augustus used to have high bodily-kinesthetic before he became a victim of osteosarcoma cancer.

“They were playing basketball in the driveway of a different house, and even though Gus was tiny, he could dribble like he’d been born doing it, running circles around his sisters as they laughed. It was the first time I’d even seen him play basketball.

‘He was good,’ I said.

‘Should’ve seen him in high school,’ his dad said. ‘Started varsity as a freshmen’”

(page 236)
Augustus Waters
However, once cancer took one of his legs, Augustus’ kinesthetic intelligence suffered:

“Augustus Waters drove horrifically. Whether stopping or starting, everything happened with a tremendous JOLT. I flew against the seat belt of his Toyota SUV each time he braked, and my neck snapped backward each time he hit the gas” (page 22).
(timeline to understand the plot and settings)
1.Hazel meets Augustus at Support Group
2.Augustus flirts with Hazel and gets her to come to his house
3.Augustus reads Hazel's favorite book:
An Imperial Affliction
4.The author of
An Imperial Affliction
purposefully does not write the ending to the book, and Hazel tells Augustus her desire to find out what happens.
5.They begin sending the author emails, with replies from his secretary telling them to come visit Amsterdam.
6. Augustus uses his "wish" as a cancer patient and grants Hazel's wish of visiting Peter Van Houten to listen to the ending of
An Imperial Affliction.
7. Augustus and Hazel fly to Amsterdam with Hazel's mother to see Peter Van Houten.
8. Peter Van Houten does not welcome them, did not expect them to actually visit when he replied to their emails.
9. In addition to a disappointing trip, Augustus finally tells Hazel that his cancer is back and they go back to America.


The story ends with the words "I do."
Plasticity is the ability to adapt to new environmental conditions. In terms of the brain, this occurs when an area of the brain is damaged in which another function is taken upon by this brain region. It is a commonly held belief that when one loses a sense, their other senses will be raised. Plasticity would support this belief since there would be another region of the brain operating to receive each different sensation.
In Isaac’s case, since his cancer made him have to go blind, then in theory, his other senses should grow stronger since the occipital lobe of the brain now cannot perform its primary function.

(page 227)
Can you aim without looking?
Volunteers needed
Shoot paper into the recycling bin with your eyes closes
Can only be guided by listening to your partner's voice
"Fall in Love"

by Peter & Evynne Hollens
"I went to Support Group for the same reason that I'd once allowed nurses with a mere eighteen months of graduation education to poison me with exotically named chemicals: I wanted to make my parents happy. There is only one thing in this world sh***tier than biting it from cancer when you're sixteen, and that's having a kid who bites it from cancer" (page 8).
"'I can still dominate you blind a** at Counterinsurgence'"

"'I'm pretty sure all asses are blind'"

(page 224)

"'Why are you looking at me like that?'"

"'Because you're beautiful. I enjoy looking at beautiful people, and I decided a while ago not to deny myself the simpler pleasures of existence.'"

(page 16)
"'I skipped it,' she said. 'Read all about it in the guidebook though.'"

"'Mom,' I said, ' you didn't have to stay here.'"

She shrugged. "'I know. I wanted to. I like watching you sleep.'"

-Hazel & her mother

(page 158)

Augustus knows how to "talk smooth" to girls, which is why he caught Hazel's attention.
"But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn't trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I'm grateful."


(page 260)
Are you a "smoother" than Augustus?
Everyone has 2 minutes to think of the greatest pick-up line
Will be randomly called on
Cheesy Pick-Up Lines
It all means the same thing...
More of an introvert, at first, her mother believes she is clinically depressed, do she begins to take extra medicine to deal with her depression.

"“...my Regular Doctor Jim, who agreed that I was veritably swimming in a paralyzing and totally clinically depressed and that therefore my meds should be adjusted and also I should attend a weekly Support Group” (page 4).
Augustus' Personality
Hazel's Rate on
Big Five Personality Traits:

Low extroversion, high conscientiousness (especially when Augustus gets sick. However she is mostly conscientious towards Augustus and his family at this time and not so much towards her family)
Average agree ability (she can disagree with some people and get along poorly with them)
Low emotional stability
High openness
Augustus uses a cigarette as a metaphor, does not display functional fixedness, high interpersonal intelligence and bodily kinesthetic (pre-accident),uses/encourages catharsis to deal with issues:

“Suddenly Isaac started kicking the crap out of his gaming chair, which somersaulted back toward Gus’s bed. ‘Here we go,’ said Augustus. Isaac chased after the chair and kicked it again. ‘Yes,’ Augustus said ‘Get it. Kick the sh** out of that chair!’” (page 61).

Augustus' Rate on
Big Five Personality Traits:

High extroversion
High conscientiousness
High agree ability
High emotional stability (at first)
High openness
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