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A Timeline of My Life

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Hala Aqel

on 11 April 2015

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Transcript of A Timeline of My Life

Newborn to Toddler Years (Birth to 24 months)
Concluding Letter
Dear self, family, and friends,

When I found out I had pancreatic cancer, I couldn't believe it. I knew that it ran in the family because my grandfather passed away from it. But I never thought I would be that "old person who got cancer." I was infuriated because I had always taken such good care of my body, but I could not control my genes. I would have done anything to just have more time, to get a few more years with my family. Pancreatic cancer spreads quickly and the doctors found it late, so my prognosis was not good. It upset me deeply that I wouldn't see my eldest grandchild at her 13th birthday. I didn't even see the point in living anymore. If I was going to die soon anyway, why not just die now? But after some time and the loving support of my family and friends, I accepted my reality. Death is just a natural part of life and I was lucky to have made it this far with a happy and successful time on this Earth. I decided to savor those last few months with the people who had meant the most to me.

Best Wishes & Love Always,
Hala Aqel

Freud’s Psychoanalytic:
The id operates on the pleasure principle. It is regulated by both the ego, which operates on the reality principle, and the superego, which operates on the morality principle. As a child, I was mostly ruled by the id. During adolescence, I transitioned to be greatly influenced by the ego, and now I am controlled by the superego.

Congruence, on the other hand, is a fairly accurate match between the self-concept and reality. Adults whose parents provided conditional love would continue in adulthood to distort their experiences in order to feel accepted.
Developmental Psychology
A Timeline of My Life
Scrapbook Project
Hala Aqel
AP Psychology
Period 6
March 27, 2015

Prenatal Development to Birth
The pregnancy leading up to my birth was normal and free of complications. My mother did not expose me to any teratogens.
My early physical development included
Germinal stage: I was only a zygote
Embryonic stage: my basic support systems formed
Fetal stage: the last 7 months of my development
I was born in Ohio on January 27th, 1997 in the Cleveland Clinic. I was born a healthy child, which has allowed me to develop normally. My parents are Mahmoud and Amal Aqel. My siblings are Lara, Tala, and Laith.
Piaget - Sensorimotor; Erikson - Trust vs. Mistrust & Autonomy vs. Shame and Doubt; Kohlberg - Obedience
When I was a baby, I constantly grasped and explored all objects in sight. I enjoyed putting things in my mouth (especially my own hands and feet). This is a way babies develop their senses. My parents would also play Beek-a-boo with me, and I would giggle because I had not yet grasped the concept of object permanence.
My temperament throughout this time was good. I was not a very finicky baby and I did not cry too much. I was a calm and happy child because all of my needs were being met by my parents and I trusted them to care for me.
I was an obedient baby that listened to what my parents said, once I was able to understand them. At around 15 months, I could follow their commands.
Toddler to Kindergarten (2 to 5 years)
Piaget - Preoperational; Erikson - Initiative vs. Guilt; Kohlberg - Personal Gain
I had many stuffed animals during this time. I believed that they had thoughts and feelings just like humans did, a concept called animism. I took care of them and made sure that they were happy. Every night before I went to sleep, I would tuck them into bed first!
I gained much independence throughout these years. I began attending day care and later started school. I was able to take initiative and explore new tasks, such as picking out my own outfit every morning.
As a toddler, I was selfish (as most kids are). If I wanted something, I had to have it. In the toy store with my parents, I would pick out what I wanted and nag until my mom bought it for me, an example of personal gain. I thought that the world revolved around me and that the people I knew were meant to please me.
Childhood (6 to 12 years)
Piaget - Concrete Operational; Erikson - Industry vs. Inferiority; Kohlberg - Good Boy/Girl Orientation
Adolescence (13 to 19 years)
Piaget - Formal Operational; Erikson - Identity vs. Role Confusion; Kohlberg - Law and Order Orientation
I reached puberty early, getting my first bra in 3rd grade and my menarche in 4th grade (I was what they would call an "early bloomer"). I was also extremely tall, and as a result, I began involving myself in sports. My early development allowed me to socialize more easily and be confident.
During this time, I developed greatly cognitively and socially. I excelled in school, specifically math, over many of my peers because I was able grasp more abstract concepts such as reversibility. This allowed me to be put onto a path of higher-level classes for the rest of my academic career, which contributed significantly to my intelligence.
I worked hard to improve myself based on the standards and expectations my parents had for me. I wanted to be a good, smart, and responsible girl so that I could be accepted by my family and my peers.
In my early teenage years, I was concerned about what other people thought of me. I believed in an "imaginary audience," and if I did anything dumb or embarrassing, I would be shunned and humiliated by my peers.
My adolescence was a time for me to explore who I was. I involved myself in a variety of social groups ("popular kids," athletes, nerds, band geeks, etc). I became friends with everybody so I could find my place and see where I fit in society.
Gaining independence was the most important aspect of this time. I began driving, I fought with my parents when they were being unreasonable, and I went off to college! This put pressure on me to take care of myself and be responsible, because now I was accountable for my actions.
Emerging Adulthood (20s to 30s)
Piaget - Formal Operational; Erikson - Intimacy vs. Isolation; Kohlberg - Social Order
As my body was in top physical shape, it was easy for me to exercise consistently and become fit. My muscle mass increased as well as my overall health. My increased abilities allowed me to complete a half-marathon!
I found the intimacy I was searching for and I met the love of my life. We got married after a few years of dating and then had 3 children (2 boys and 1 girl). It was challenging at times to balance my career and my family, but I was very satisfied with my marriage.
I made great strides in my career. I traveled around the globe, to resource-poor areas, and delivered medical care. I have also helped develop policies for global public health as a whole, to ensure the medical community is caring for its patients.
Middle Adulthood (40s to 50s)
Piaget - Formal Operational; Erikson - Generativity vs. Stagnation; Kohlberg - Universal Ethical Orientation
Piaget - Formal Operational; Erikson - Integrity vs. Despair; Kohlberg - Universal Ethical Orientation
There were many physical changes that came with age. My hearing started to decline slightly, but the biggest change was my vision - I had to get glasses. I was no longer able to be as active as I was prior, due to a decrease in my functioning.
I went through some serious reevaluation of my life, known as a midlife transition. But after reflecting on my life and all I accomplished, I was ultimately satisfied. I began to pass on my knowledge to my kids in order to give back to the next generation.
I went through menopause during my early 50s. It was a strange time, the hormone fluctuations felt like I was on a roller-coaster. The hot flashes and mood swings were unpleasant (especially for my husband and kids) but it was kind of a relief to no longer have to deal with menstruation every month. Think of all the money I've saved on feminine products since!
Late Adulthood (60s+)
After retiring from long years of hard work, I able to reflect on my life which gave me a sense of integrity. I was successful in many ways, including in my family and career, and I was able to accomplish a lot throughout my life.
Over the decades of my life, I've experienced loss many times. But the hardest moments were when the people closest to me began to pass away: my parents, my siblings, and my closest friends. It was an emotional time, but my incredible husband and children were there to support me and help me through it.
Having my first grandchild was such a beautiful experience. My eldest son had a daughter and she's my little sunshine. This gave me the opportunity to start to pass on the knowledge I've gained over my lifetime to the youngest generations.
Big 5 Trait Theory:
Extraversion - I am medium-high, which means I am more sociable, fun-loving and affectionate.
Neuroticism - I am low-medium, which means I am more calm, secure, and self-satisfied.
Conscientiousness - I am medium-high, which means I am more organized, careful, and disciplined.
Agreeableness - I am high, which means I am more soft-hearted, trusting, and helpful.
Openness - I am high, which means I am more imaginative, independent, and prefer variety.
Social-cognitive Theory:
I am an optimist. I am naturally positive-thinking which comes from within. My locus of control is more internal; I believe that I control my life and the events that occur, which is why I work so hard to achieve my goals.
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