Short and easy discussion post

Discussion Posts Need to Be:   

  • Substantive and thoughtful; that is, discussion posts must refer to a topic from the week’s readings.  All discussion posts must be supported by current journal article(s) found in Online Library Database system.  Discussion posts should draw from the information found in this week’s course materials, from personal experience, and from credible sources (peer-reviewed journal articles and sites provided by your professor).  
  • All information gained, read, or acquired from any source that is not your personal information must be cited throughout the document otherwise it is plagiarism.  All information must be cited in the body of the document AND full-reference text at the end of the document using APA style & format criteria.  
  • APA style & format criteria:  
  • Peer-reviewed journal articles from Online Library Database System  
  • Current: January 2015 – Current month 2020  
  • PDF available  
  • Times New Roman font  
  • 12-point font  
  • Black ink  
  • Single spaced work for DISC and RESP assignments only (to save space)  
  • In-text citations appear throughout work  
  • Full-text references appear at bottom of work  
  • The discussion post should be three (3) well-developed paragraphs in length (about 7-9 fully developed sentences each; adhere to APA style & format including in-text and full-text reference citations).    

Credible sources relevant to this course are (this is only a PARTIAL list): 

Santa Fe College Library Database system ( (Links to an external site.)

American Psychological Association ( (Links to an external site.)

Society for Personality and Social Psychology ( (Links to an external site.)

American Psychiatric Association ( (Links to an external site.) or (Links to an external site.)

National Institutes of Health ( (Links to an external site.)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( (Links to an external site.)

World Health Organization: WHO ( (Links to an external site.)

Examples of topics to write about

(Choose only one topic from the examples below OR choose a topic of your interest that pertains to this week’s material): 


Many people in Western cultures report not having an enemy. If someone doesn’t like someone else, they simply don’t hang around each other. However, in some situations and cultures there is less mobility, so enemy relationships can develop with repeated exposure to those people you don’t get along with. What situations might increase the likelihood of developing an enemy and how having an enemy might lead to violence or aggression?  One example of a situation where enemies might form is the workplace, where you typically don’t get to choose your colleagues. 


Discuss the impact of cyberbullying today. What experiences with cyberbullying have you encountered or heard about?  What are some factors that make cyberbullying more damaging than face-to-face bullying?  Discuss how cyberbullying can be reduced. 

Sexual Jealousy 

Discuss sexual jealousy. If a man is aggressive in a fit of jealousy, why do people excuse his behavior? Why do people get more lenient sentences for “crimes of passion” than for crimes which were premeditated? Is it excusable if a man becomes aggressive for jealous reasons because he cannot help himself? How does intention play a role in the U.S. judicial system, and does this excuse some types of violence?  ***This can be adapted for sex or gender, however you perceive it.


Discuss our tendency for revenge when we have been victims of aggression. How can this be an evolutionary adaptation? Maybe revenge lets others know that if they harm us, they will likely encounter harm themselves. What will it take to just turn the other cheek and not react? 

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