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Ch 2: Accepting Personal Responsibility

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Monica Bajaj

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Ch 2: Accepting Personal Responsibility
Case Study in Critical Thinking:
The Late Paper
P- 42
What is Self-Responsibility?
ability to respond wisely at each fork in the road
Creator & Victim Mindsets
A Creator Mindset causes people to see multiple options, choose wisely among them, and take effective actions to achieve the life they want.

A Victim Mindset keeps people from seeing and acting on choices that could help them achieve the life they want.

Activity 5-2 (p. 74)
Victim/Creator Role-Play
Two students A and B
[To Student A] Imagine that you work for B. You are often late or absent. Today you arrived 10 minutes late again, and B confronts you.
Pretend to be a great Victim, whatever B says to you, respond by making excuses, blame others, or complaint about something, like the employer's unfair rules, etc. Do not accept responsibility.
[To Student B] You are the employer who have watched A often come in late or miss work. You are angry today . Role play, as an angry employer, what would you say to A?
Activity 6-1 (p. 75)
The Language of Responsibility
Victims and Creators see the world differently.

Use different vocabularies to represent their respective realities.

Two qualities characterize Creator language:
ownership of their outcomes & experiences

& take specific
to improve their outcomes & experiences.

In pairs, give us your translation into Creator language (Handout).

Life lesson?
"I accept responsibility for creating my life as I want it."
The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny."
-Albert Ellis
When you create personal responsibility, you believe that you create everything in your life. ???
Changing your vocabulary?
(inner conversation, commentary about you, others, & the world). Why is the self-choice important?- what you say helps you determine the choices you make at each fork in the road.

People with a Victim mindset typically listen to the Inner voice of their Inner Critic or their Inner Defender.

Inner Critic
- inner voice that judges you as inadequate.

Inner Defender
- Flip side of the Inner Critic; instead of judging ourselves, we judge others.

Inner Guide
- inner voice that objectively observes each situation and asks if they are "on course", else take action to solve the problem.
Making Wise Decisions: The Wise Choice Process
What's my present situation?
How would I like my situation to get?
What are my personal choices?
What's the likely outcome of each possible choice?
Which choice(s) will I commit to doing?
When & how will I evaluate my plan?
Activity 7-1- Pg. 78
Change Your Inner Conversation
The Curse of Stinkin' Thinkin'
Disrupting Irrational Beliefs
Stereotype Threat
Activity 8-2 Stinkin' Thinkin'
Pg. 83-84
"How I feel about myself depends more on what I think & believe than on what I accomplish."
Stinkin' Thinkin' leads not only to poor outcomes & experiences, but also to lower self-esteem.
Adopting a Creator Mindset
Exercise 5-1 Responsibility Circle (Pg 73)
Groups of 4
Write four statements that are true about you as a student (or other roles)
Alternate between facts that you are happy & unhappy with (Eg.- I've a great schedule this semester; My Math teacher is boring)
Each person share their four statements. As you read, add the following words- "...
and I am responsible
Situations- "No way I'm responsible/partially responsible?"
Life Lesson
Changing Victim Language

Victim- If I weren't so stupid, I wouldn't have to take this dumb class.

Creator- I know I didn't spend nearly enough time studying last semester. I'm going to study this subject from 3:30 to 4:30 every day. I'll also go to the tutoring center for two hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Critical Thinking: Focus Questions
Making Wise Decisions

How do you currently make decisions in your life?

How can you improve the quality of the decisions you make?

How can you take full responsibility for the outcomes & experiences in your life?

Responsibility & Culture
Responsibility & Choice
The key ingredient of personal responsibility is ______.
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