Nichelle A. Chandler
Adams State University
Personal reflection is an essential part of learning, learning about theories means absolutely nothing until you can apply it to life in a real way. According to the textbook (2010), the facilitation of human growth and development is a primary purpose of therapeutic practice. Reflecting on learning through your own life is difficult but a key part of becoming a well-rounded counselor and person. The way in which a person develops cognitively, emotionally and socially vary, and understanding the way in which a person came to be who they are today is important for growth and understanding.
Personal Narrative: One
There are different ways to view changes and growth throughout life, the focus throughout this paper will be on the cognitive, emotional and social development starting with the early years. The person I am today, was most definitely shaped by the way in which I grew up and the environment that I was in. How much impact did the environment and nature play into the person I have grown to be?
The way that a person thinks, problem solves, remembers and process information and makes decisions varies from person to person, why is this? All children go through stages differently and in response adults all have different ways to go through with these things. According to Piaget’s stages of development (1952, 1954), children learn how to do these skills best when their parents and educators give them freedom to explore their surroundings and giving them learning environments that are similar to their level of ability (p. 10). Thinking back to my childhood and the environment in which I grew up was difficult. Looking at Piaget’s stages and connecting them with the way that I problem solve and the way that I used to problem solve there were definite connections. As an infant everything that you do is sensorimotor responses, children sometimes mimic what they see