Report #2

 

 

Customizing My Emotional Spin Cycle:

Data Analysis

 

409b—Fall 2001—G15

Dr. Leon James, Instructor

 

 

By: Shell87

Date: November 26, 2001

Link to report instructions:

http://www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/leonj/leonpsy15/g15report2.html

 

 

Introduction

            To understand report #2, you must first be introduced to report #1 my Annotated Bibliography.  In report #1 my “Annotated Bibliography” the purpose of the report was to explain the emotional spin cycle that every person faces on a moment to moment basis, whether they realize what is going on or not.  The emotional spin cycle consists of four zones, two positive zones, two negative zones, a self  zone and an other‘s zone.  Within each zone there are three settings consisting of the threefold self, the affective (feeling), the cognitive (thinking) and the sensorimotor (doing) setting.  After I understood the concept of the emotional spin cycle and was able to recognize how my own emotional spin cycle went through changes throughout the day, I had to look on the internet for other sources that recognize any part of the emotional spin cycle.  I looked on websites that were from past generations of Dr. James, some news media websites and any other websites that happen to mention any part of the cycle.

            If you would like to see report #1 my “Annotated Bibliography” to better understand the whole emotional spin cycle concept you can click on this link:

REPORT #1

            Now that you may have a little better understanding of the emotional spin cycle and the various elements that make up this concept the next step is report #2 “Customizing My Emotional Spin Cycle: Data Analysis.”  In report #2 I had to collect data for a week of my own personal emotional spin cycle, during the morning, afternoon and night and during each time of the day I had to be aware of one affective, one cognitive and one sensorimotor cycle of the same time.  After week one of my data collection I had to analyze my cycles throughout the week and become further aware of when I was in a negative self or other’s zone.  After becoming aware of the usual times that I was in any of the negative zones, I needed to somehow manage to try to change many of those negative affective, cognitive and or sensorimotor setting into the positive zones of my emotional spin cycle.  In week two of my data collection I used my week one morning, afternoon and night times that were similar and tried to become aware of my emotional spin cycle at the same times. 

            The purpose of the overall data collection was to give myself the opportunity to learn how to control my own daily emotional spin cycle by going through three steps known as the Threestep Method also known as the AWM method.  The AWM method is a method that Dr. James advised us to use while analyzing our data from week one, in this methods there are three questions that you have to take into consideration while doing the analysis and data collection for week two. The questions are:

1-Acknowledge that I need to gain better control over my negative spin cycle.

2-Witness my threefold self in the negative spin cycle settings through objective self-monitoring or self-observation methods of data collection.

3-Modify my spin cycle in one selected area, and then I start again in another area.

            If you would like to have a better understanding of the instructions and process of the Threestep method also known as the AWM method please click on this link:

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR REPORTS

            If you would like to have a better understanding of the overall instructions of this report #2, please click on this link:

Instructions for Report #2

 

 

 

 

Data Collection and Analysis

Week 1: Sampling and differentiating

Data Analysis I

Psychology 409b

11/11-11/17

 

 

Sunday:

            Morning-

            time: 11:34a.m

            place:  home

            affective (feeling):  I woke up feeling very    fustrated

 

cognitive (thinking):  I am thinking of the upcoming week and everything I need to get done!

 

sensori-motor (doing):  I am staring at the T.V. but not really watching anything on the screen.

 

 

            Afternoon-

            time:  1:26p.m.

            place:  Mom’s house

            affective (feeling):  Bored and indecisive

 

            cognitive (thinking):  I’m thinking of everything that I need to get done –papers to write

                                    - 3 more loads of laundry

                                    -study for Psy. 212 exam

 

sensori-motor (doing):  folding one for four loads of laundry.

 

 

            Night-

            time:  9:55p.m

            place:  home

            affective (feeling):  Restless, I can’t sleep

 

cognitive (thinking):  I want to go out to forget about school!

 

sensori-motor (doing):  Lying in bed, tossing and turning.

*Global Ratings:

1-     6

2-     3

3-     3

4-     2

5-     4

6-     4

 

 

 

Monday:

            Morning-

            time:  8:19a.m

            place:  home

            affective (feeling):  Very irritated

 

cognitive (thinking):  I really should begin studing for my test, but I really don’t want to.

 

sensori-motor (doing):  Sitting in bed looking at my school bag.

 

 

            Afternoon-

            time:  12:14 p.m.

            place:  home

            affective (feeling):  Overwhelmed

 

cognitive (thinking):  There are too many topics that I need to focus on “I going to flunk this test!”

 

sensori-motor (doing):  Looking at my notes, important questions and my previous test.

 

 

            Night-

            time:  11:03p.m.

            place:  home

            affective (feeling):  Mentally drained and overstimulated

 

cognitive (thinking):  My brain won’t sleep but my body is really tired.

 

            sensori-motor (doing):  I am tossing and turning in bed, “I just can’t relax.”

*Global Ratings:

1-     8

2-     4

3-     3

4-     4

5-     4

6-     4

 

 

Tuesday:          

            Morning-

            time:  7:35a.m.

            place:  home

            affective (feeling):  Anxious

 

            cognitive (thinking):  I just want to get this test over with!

           

            sensori-motor (doing):  I am looking over my notes for the test for the last time, my leg won’t stop shaking!

 

 

            Afternoon-

            time:  1:27 p.m.

            place:  Psy.409 class

            affective (feeling):  Bored

 

            cognitive (thinking):  I would rather be at home on my computer getting my next assignments started.

 

            sensori-motor (doing):  Hearing what the presenter is saying, but not listening.

 

 

            Night-

            time:  10:03 p.m.

            place:  home

            affective (feeling):  Extremely tired

 

            cognitive (thinking):  I wonder why my boyfriend is because he was supposed to be finished with work 45 min. ago?!

 

            sensori-motor (doing):  Calling his cellular phone for the third time in the past twenty minutes.

*Global Ratings:

1-     5

2-     3

3-     4

4-     4

5-     5

6-     4

 

 

Wednesday:

            Morning-

            time:  8:40a.m.

            place:  home

            affective (feeling):  Well rested and relaxed

           

            cognitive (thinking):  Today will be a good day!  I can relax in my first class because we have group presentations.

 

            sensori-motor (doing):  Getting ready for school, putting on my make-up.

 

 

            Afternoon-

            time:  2:57p.m.

            place:  work

            affective (feeling):  Happy and giddy

 

            cognitive (thinking):  Children are so innocent, they make me laugh!

 

            sensori-motor (doing):  Watching my Kindergartener’s play with the indoor games.

 

 

            Night-

            time:  8:25p.m.

            place:  night class

            affective (feeling):  Bored and restless

 

            cognitive (thinking):  Why are we reviewing the same things for the fourth time?

 

            sensori-motor (doing):  Ignoring my teacher and playing with my pencil case.

*Global Ratings:

1-     3

2-     5

3-     4

4-     4

5-     5

6-     3

 

 

Thursday:

            Morning-

            time:  9:43a.m.

            place:  home

            affective (feeling):  Lazy

           

            cognitive (thinking):  Opps!  I missed class.

 

 

            sensori-motor (doing):  Lying in bed and watching T.V.

 

 

            Afternoon-

            time:  3:47p.m.

            place:  work

            affective (feeling):  Energetic and well-rested

 

            cognitive (thinking):  Life was so easy when we were young!

 

            sensori-motor (doing):  Cut and paste project with my Kindergartener’s.

 

 

            Night-

            time:  6:11p.m.

            place:  Jamie’s house

            affective (feeling):  Unmotivated

 

            cognitive (thinking):  I really don’t want to go to my night class!

 

            sensori-motor (doing):  Sitting in Jamie’s room debating whether or not I should go to class.

*Global Ratings:

1-     8

2-     3

3-     2

4-     2

5-     4

6-     5

 

 

Friday:

            Morning-

            time:  9:08a.m.

            place:  home

            affective (feeling):  Unmotivated

           

            cognitive (thinking):  I don’t want to go to school!!!!

           

            sensori-motor (doing):  Very slowly getting ready for school.

 

 

            Afternoon-

            time:  4:47p.m.

            place:  work

            affective (feeling):  Tired and grouchy

 

            cognitive (thinking):  I can’t deal with these kids today, “they are out of control!”

 

            sensori-motor (doing):  yelling at the kids to be quiet!

 

 

            Night-

            time:  12:30a.m.

            place:  Blue Tropics

            affective (feeling):  Slightly intoxicated and extremely relaxed and happy!

 

            cognitive (thinking):  I love spending time with my girls.

            sensori-motor (doing):  Dancing with my friends.

*Global ratings:

1-     2

2-     5

3-     6

4-     6

5-     7

6-     4

 

 

Saturday:

            Morning-                    ------------------

            time:                             --------------------

            place:                           --------------------

            affective (feeling):          --------------------

 

 

           

            cognitive (thinking):       --------------------

 

 

           

            sensori-motor (doing):  Sleeping!

 

 

            Afternoon-

            time:  1:56p.m.

            place:  home

            affective (feeling):  Drained and tired

 

            cognitive (thinking):  I should have come home earlier last night, “now my whole day is wasted!”

 

            sensori-motor (doing):  Laying in bed falling in and out of sleep.

 

 

            Night-

            time:  7:43p.m.

            place:  home

            affective (feeling):  Bored and tired

 

            cognitive (thinking):  Where is my boyfriend he called twenty minutes ago saying he was on his way home?

 

            sensori-motor (doing):  Cleaning our room.

*Global Ratings:

1-     7

2-     4

3-     3

4-     2

5-     4

6-     4

 

 

Analysis of week one:

            After looking at my data analysis sheet that I made for myself I became aware that I was usually in the positive zones of self and other’s during the morning hours, while toward the middle and end of the day I slowly began to move into the negative zone and kind of stayed there for the remainder of the day.  I noticed that when I was tired my emotional spin cycle headed toward the negative zones and I became more irritable and bored. After each day I did a global rating and I noticed that although my highest point of stress was usually not rated very high, I am usually more productive during the mornings and am more successful in coping with my feelings at this point.  I get into the negative zones and feel more negativity or selfish of some other people toward the latter part of the day. 

            I noticed that throughout my week I had a few recurrent social settings as well as recurrent emotional spin cycle emotions.  Some of my recurrent social settings were, school and work which were usually around the time when my spin cycle would change toward the negative zones.  Some of my recurrent emotions were usually negative, I rarely had any positive emotions in my weekly spin cycle, and they usually were boredom, laziness and tired.  With these recurrent cycles that I have become aware of I chose to try in week two to change and modify my affective, cognitive and sensorimotor aspects of my emotional spin cycle during the afternoons at work and at school.  I will try to focus to change being lazy and bored first of all and if the is successful then I was going to try to change other aspects of my weekly spin cycle.  I used the bridge technique to move from the negative to the positive.  I can either use the red bridge technique, which is going from emotionally impaired thoughts to emotionally intelligent thoughts, which is good.  I can also use the blue bridge, which involves going from pessimistic and cynical thoughts to optimistic and realistic thoughts.  By using either one of these two techniques I will try to change my negative emotional spin cycle to a more positive emotional spin cycle. 

Week 2: Modifying and Re-sampling

Data Analysis II

Psychology 409b

11/18-11/24

 

 

Sunday:

            Morning-

            time:  10:14a.m.

            place:  home

            affective (feeling):  Lazy, but motivated to do something, anything.

 

            cognitive (thinking):  I need to get up and start cleaning our room better and our bathroom.

 

            sensori-motor (doing):  Inching my way slowly out of bed.

 

 

            Afternoon-

            time:  2:33p.m.

            place:  home

            affective (feeling):  Alright

 

            cognitive (thinking):  Don’t forget, I need to go to my Mom’s house for family dinner.

 

            sensori-motor (doing):  Throwing laundry from the floor into the hamper.

 

 

            Night-

            time:  6:44p.m.

            place:  Mom’s house

            affective (feeling):  Appreciated

 

            cognitive (thinking):  It’s nice to finally realize that my family likes spending time with me.

 

            sensori-motor (doing):  Enjoying dinner with my family.

*Global Ratings:

1-     4

2-     7

3-     3

4-     4

5-     6

6-     5

Monday:

            Morning-

            time:  10:31a.m.

            place:  Psy. 220 class

            affective (feeling):  Aha…I get it!

           

            cognitive (thinking):  I’m glad that she changed her style of lecturing, now I understand, “finally!”

           

            sensori-motor (doing):  Actually taking notes.

 

 

            Afternoon-

            time:  3:22p.m.

            place:  work

            affective (feeling):  Fortunate

 

            cognitive (thinking):  I’m so lucky to ba able to make a difference in these children’s lives!

 

            sensori-motor (doing):  Watching and helping them do their homework.

 

 

            Night-

            time:  11:02p.m.

            place:  home

            affective (feeling):  Tired

 

            cognitive (thinking):  Need to sleep, so I can wake up feeling good tomorrow.

 

            sensori-motor (doing):  Lying in bed.

*Global Ratings:

1-     3

2-     5

3-     6

4-     5

5-     5

6-     2

 

 

Tuesday:          

            Morning-

            time:  8:34a.m.

            place:  school

            affective (feeling):  Elated!!!

 

            cognitive (thinking):Studying really does help!

           

            sensori-motor (doing):  Walking to my next class after checking my grade for the exam I took in week before…I got a “B.”

 

 

            Afternoon-

            time:  2:16p.m.

            place:  Psy. 409 class

            affective (feeling):  Enlightened

 

            cognitive (thinking):  I need to realize that I have done so many great things in my life, so far!

 

            sensori-motor (doing):  Engaging in class discussion.

 

 

            Night-

            time:  7:57p.m.

            place:Mom’s house

            affective (feeling):  Less fustrated

 

            cognitive (thinking):  I’m glad that I have the chance to vent in my forum discussions.

 

            sensori-motor (doing):  Typing my forum #3.

*Global Ratings:

1-     2

2-     8

3-     8

4-     7

5-     6

6-     2

 

 

Wednesday:

            Morning-

            time:  10:52a.m.

            place:  Psy. 220 class

            affective (feeling):  Excited

           

            cognitive (thinking):  4-day weekend, no school on Thursday and Friday!

           

            sensori-motor (doing):  Sitting in class.

 

 

            Afternoon-

            time:  4:17p.m.

            place:  work

            affective (feeling):  Happy

 

            cognitive (thinking):  My Kindergartener’s are so funny!

            sensori-motor (doing):  Walking around campus on a “Turkey Parade.”

 

 

            Night-

            time:  9:08p.m.

            place:  home

            affective (feeling):  Excited

 

            cognitive (thinking):  No school tomorrow, I can go out tonight!

 

            sensori-motor (doing):  Cleaning our room.

*Global Ratings:

1-     2

2-     6

3-     6

4-     7

5-     7

6-     2

 

 

Thursday:

            Morning-

            time:  9:36a.m.

            place:  home

            affective (feeling):  Happy

           

            cognitive (thinking):  Remember we have to pick up the turkey at 10:30!

 

           

            sensori-motor (doing):  Getting ready to leave the house.

 

 

            Afternoon-

            time:  1:26p.m.

            place:  Mom’s house

            affective (feeling):  Helpful and thankful!

 

            cognitive (thinking):  I’ll help my mom because she’s been working so hard cooking all day.

 

            sensori-motor (doing):  Stirring the gravy on the stove.

 

 

            Night-

            time:  6:27p.m.

            place:  Dad’s house

            affective (feeling):  Very appreciative for my family!

 

            cognitive (thinking):  I really enjoy seeing my whole family together like this.

 

            sensori-motor (doing):  Playing a game with my cousin’s.

*Global Ratings:

1-     1

2-     8

3-     7

4-     7

5-     8

6-     2

 

 

Friday:

            Morning-

            time:  11a.m.

            place:  home

            affective (feeling):  Tired

           

            cognitive (thinking):  I shouldn’t have eaten so much yesturday, “but it was for a special occasion.”

 

            sensori-motor (doing):  Lying in bed.

 

 

            Afternoon-

            time:  2:47p.m.

            place:  home

            affective (feeling):  I’m so lazy

 

            cognitive (thinking):  I have to get up and do something.

 

            sensori-motor (doing):  Enjoying spending the day at home with my boyfriend.

 

 

            Night-

            time:  12:08a.m.

            place:  airport

            affective (feeling):  Safe

 

            cognitive (thinking):  I really don’t like all the security , but it makes me feel safe.

 

            sensori-motor (doing):  Circling the airport for the third time, waiting for my boyfriends parent’s to come out of the terminal.

*Global ratings:

1-     3

2-     5

3-     3

4-     5

5-     6

6-     3

 

 

Saturday:

            Morning-

            time:  8:39a.m.

            place:  home

            affective (feeling):  Okay!

           

            cognitive (thinking):  I need to get out of the house!

 

            sensori-motor (doing):  Getting my laundry together to take to my Mom’s.

 

 

            Afternoon-

            time:  3:58p.m.

            place:  Jamie’s house

            affective (feeling):  Happy

 

            cognitive (thinking):  I really enjoy spending time with my friends.

 

            sensori-motor (doing):  Talking with Jamie about her new love interest.

 

 

            Night-

            time:  10:27p.m.

            place:  Ryan’s Bar and Grill

            affective (feeling):  Giddy

 

            cognitive (thinking):  I’m glad that I’m actually out of the house and really going out, out tonight.

 

            sensori-motor (doing):  Sipping my glass of Reisling.

*Global Ratings:

1-     3

2-     5

3-     6

4-     6

5-     7

6-     2

 

 

Analysis of week two:

            In the analysis of week two I tried to use the bridge technique to modify and change my negative emotional aspects of my emotional spin cycle.  As I have mentioned above I tried to change my afternoon and night, at school and at work emotions because those were when I was usually in the negative zones.  If you notice from the above data analysis collection sheet I seemed to be a little more positive emotionally in the afternoon and the night.  It was hard trying to do something that I was not used to because I am usually used to going with my negative emotions and running with it.  I feel that the bridge technique was a good one to help guide me to move from the negative to the positive.  Overall I feel that as a conscious modification I was quite successful, but I don‘t think that I will probably employ this technique to my everyday life because it takes too much of a conscious effort, but I‘m sure that once I get used to changing and modifying my emotions from negative to positive this techniques would be quite effective.

 

Discussion

            I think that the most effective part of this customizing my emotional spin cycle project was the use of self-observation as a form of really being able to recognize how I actually went throughout my day affectively, cognitively and in my sensorimotor settings of my emotional spin cycle.  I found that it was actually quite sad that I spent more of my day in the negative zone of the emotional spin cycle.  It was great to learn of the bridge technique to help aid me to move from the negative zones to the positive zones because it really did work.  Although the bridge technique is effective, I thought that for me it took a little too much effort consciously to actually change my threefold self.  Don’t get me wrong this project of data analysis is very useful and quite effective, I am glad that I had the opportunity to realize and become aware of exactly how my own personal spin cycle works and changes on a moment to moment basis, it’s amazing!  I highly recommend this project to anyone who really wants to understand their own emotional spin cycle, as long as you are willing to admit that there are aspects about your threefold self that you need to change, the project can only help you for the better. 

Conclusion

            I noticed that although I was trying to make a conscious effort to change my negative zone emotions into positive zone emotions I couldn’t help but think that the only reason I was changing my emotions from negative to positive was because of this project, not really because I thought they were initially bad.  I am sure that this bridge technique is quite effective when it is used with people who really are dedicated to change their negative emotions, but as for me other than a school project I had no real desire to change my negative emotions toward a more positive emotion.  The overall technique was effective but I feel that it took too much of a conscious effort for my to be able to employ it into my everyday life.  This technique would definitely work as a great behavior modification treatment as well as an overall self-assessment technique because people who seek help are willing to change and will stick to this type of technique.  If you have any questions or comments about this project or website please feel free to e-mail me at the link below.

 

References

1-Instructions for Report 2

2-General Instructions for Reports

3-Report #1: Annotated Bibliography

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