Psychology4a.jpgPsychology of Human Behaviour--Students IN HIGH SCHOOL will follow Pi as he deals with loss and grief, lonliness and isolation, and ultimately survival. What in our psyche allows us to survive?

Please make certain to:
1) organize this page so that your psychology information and Pi discussion is together; your existentialism information is together ----I won't score it until then.
2) Explain how each quote, image, wikipedia entry, etc. relates to your understanding of Life of Pi.
----Mrs. Davis



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Psychology (from Greek: Literally "to talk about the soul" (from psyche (soul) and logos)) is both an academic and applied discipline involving the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. Psychologists study such phenomena as perception, cognition, emotion, personality, behavior, and interpersonal relationships. Psychology also refers to the application of such knowledge to various spheres of human activity, including issues related to daily life�e.g. family, education, and work�and the treatment of mental health problems.
Psychology is one of the behavioral sciences�a broad field that spans the social and natural sciences. Psychology attempts to understand the role human behavior plays in social dynamics while incorporating physiological and neurological processes into its conceptions of mental functioning. Psychology includes many sub-fields of study and application concerned with such areas as human development, sports, health, industry, law, and spirituality.
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Make sure, when you add a quote, picture, etc., to discuss it, question it, try to find deeper meaning as it relates to Pi.--Mrs. Davis

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Make sure, when you add a quote, picture, etc., to discuss it, question it, try to find deeper meaning as it relates to Pi.--Mrs. Davis


"Do you see these invisible spirals on the margins of the page? I thought I would run out of paper. It was the pens that ran out" (Martel 303).
-This quote portrays existentialism because he defines the meaning of his life by documenting his experiences on paper. Therefore Pi was able to create a new outlook on his life.
"I woke up with a gasp. Someone was there! This voice coming to my ears was neither a wind with an accent nor an animal speaking up period. It was someone else! My heart beat fiercely, making one last go at pushing some blood through my worn out system. My mind made a final attempt at being lucid" (Martel 248).
-Through this quote, Pi is baffled and confused at the presence of another human being. Therefore he tries to come up with logical reasoning of why there is another man stranded in the Pacific. Pi's mind tries to convince him that the presence of another person is just a hallucination, when in reality the man is not a figment of Pi's imagination.
"Something in me died then that has never come back to life" (Martel 321).
-Such a simple expression wraps up Pi's loss of feeling throughout the course of the whole tragedy. He witnessed so many cruel and grusome events that it has hardened him and made him unable to ever be the same carefree teenage boy again.

I love the information you are finding, but make sure to put your group members' names, so I can give you credit! --Mrs. Davis AND Make sure, when you add a quote, picture, etc., to discuss it, question it, try to find deeper meaning as it relates to Pi.--Mrs. Davis


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In contemporary usage, a parody (or lampoon) is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. As literary theorist Linda Hutcheon (2000: 7) puts it, " imitation with a critical difference, not always at the expense of the parodied text." Another critic, Simon Dentith (2000: 9), defines parody as "any cultural practice which provides a relatively polemical allusive imitation of another cultural production or practice."
Parody exists in all art media, including literature, music, and cinema. Cultural movements can also be parodied. Light, playful parodies are sometimes colloquially referred to as spoofs. The act of such a parody is often called lampooning.
Ikkyu, the Zen master, was very clever even as a boy. His teacher had a precious teacup, a rare antique. Ikkyu happened to break this cup and was greatly perplexed. Hearing the footsteps of his teacher, he held the pieces of the cup behind him. When the master appeared, Ikkyu asked: "Why do people have to die?"
"This is natural," explained the older man. "Everything has to die and has just so long to live."
Ikkyu, producing the shattered cup, added: "It was time for your cup to die."

Make sure, when you add a quote, picture, etc., to discuss it, question it, try to find deeper meaning as it relates to Pi.--Mrs. Davis

When the nun Chiyono studied Zen under Bukko of Engaku she was unable to attain the fruits of meditation for a long time.
At last one moonlit night she was carrying water in an old pail bound with bamboo. The bamboo broke and the bottom fell out of the pail, and at that moment Chiyono was set free!
In commemoration, she wrote a poem:
In this way and that I tried to save the old pail
Since the bamboo strip was weakening and about
to break
Until at last the bottom fell out.
No more water in the pail!
No more moon in the water!

Make sure, when you add a quote, picture, etc., to discuss it, question it, try to find deeper meaning as it relates to Pi.--Mrs. Davis

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(Put your names on your entries!)

Winnie the Pooh parody

The Winnie the Pooh article portrayed existentialism in a way that was easy to understand. By the author using Pooh, it created a childhood image that was easy to relate to making it easier to focus on the bigger picture of the story. Pooh seems to accept his philosophy he created while Christopher Robin is left in the dark about it and eager to discover the true meaning behind it. Pooh also understands why things function like they do. For example, when they are discussing bees Pooh informs Christopher that bees were created to make honey for him, fly around, buzz, and have yellow stripes that shimmer in the sun. Christopher once again needs a more in depth example of why bees and other things exist in the world. When coming across Piglet,

The definition of Psychology from
the science of the mind or of mental states and processes.
the science of human and animal behavior.
the sum or characteristics of the mental states and processes of a person or class of persons, or of the mental states and processes involved in a field of activity: the psychology of a soldier; the psychology of politics.
mental ploys or strategy: He used psychology on his parents to get a larger allowance.
Psychology,Anny Lim, Jenifer Phan, Kat Liebetrau(Davis6) Make sure, when you add a quote, picture, etc., to discuss it, question it, try to find deeper meaning as it relates to Pi.--Mrs. Davis

"Wild animals that are captured when they are fully mature are another example of escape-prone animals; often they are too set in their ways to reconstruct their subjective worlds and adapt to a new environment" (Martel 51).
- You could feel the isolation in those captured wild animals because they cannot go back to their real life. Since those animals are so adapted to life that is organized by humans, they can't go to the wild and hunt for food, or have new family. They cannot reconstruct their world and adapt to new environments. Psychology,Anny Lim, Jenifer Phan, Kat Liebetrau(Davis6)lonely.gif(Pi's loneliness)Psychology,Anny Lim, Jenifer Phan, Kat Liebetrau(Davis6)
- Here is a song that deals with "loneliness" . Mr. Lonely by Akon
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Psychology,Anny Lim, Jenifer Phan, Kat Liebetrau(Davis6)
- this picture is titled, "lonely dock" which we thought it could relate to Pi's journey in Pacific Ocean.
Make sure, when you add a quote, picture, etc., to discuss it, question it, try to find deeper meaning as it relates to Pi.--Mrs. Davis

3Quotes from the reading to discuss in terms of existentialism

"It's astonishing what you hear when you're alone in the blackness of your dying mind. A sound without shape or colour sounds strange. To be blind is to hear otherwise" (Martel 306).
- This quote relates to existentialism because it deals with Pi's psychological mind. Pi says, "a sound without shape or colour sounds strange. To be blind is to hear otherwise"(306) which makes us think why Pi would say this. Sound cannot have shape physically, and sounds cannot have colour but it could be strange, but it cannot be strange with colour sounds.
"Is someone there?" "Of course someone's there," I replied. "There's always some one there. Who would be asking the question otherwise?" (Martel 306).
- this quote because eventhough Pi knows that nobody is around, he still asks a question anyway. In this quote, Pi asks a question, but nobody answears, though, he answears himself. I think this shows the meaning of existentialism because he wants to create meaning of life, people being around him. He kepts going on and on about rather someone is around him or not.
"There were many skies. The sky was invaded by great white clouds, flat on the bottom but round and billowy on top. The sky was completely cloudless, of a blue quite shattering to the senses" (Martel 271).
- This quote shows existentialism how pi says there were clouds, but then right after that sentence, he says the sky was cloudless. This sentence makes us think why Pi would see or say this.

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"Evolutionary Psychology"
This picture explains the evolution of men in 5 different parts. The picture was divided to show :
Animal Behavior
Anny Lim, Jenifer Phan, Kat Liebetrau P6


Anny Lim, Jenifer Phan, Kat Liebetrau P.6
This cartoon portrays the meaning of existentialism because it shows that we ask ourselves questions that are not answerable. There is not a right answer to each question, we just have to come up with an answer on our on. Existentialism makes us think in a complex way and turning our answer into something that is totaly different from the logical answer.

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Here is another cartoon that helps define "existentialism". The fish is asking what life is really about even though the fish knows that he is living his life. He is just asking a question that only himself can answer from what he believes. I believe that Pi feels the same as the fish because when he is stranded in the ocean he waits to die. Pi doesnt know what life is about because he has got to the point of trying hard that he doesnt want to live life anymore. He has given up on surviving and being rescued.


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Existentialism is a philosophical movement which claims that individual human beings create the meanings and essence of their own lives. It emerged as a movement in twentieth-century literature and philosophy, with some forerunners in earlier centuries. Existentialism stresses that people are entirely free and therefore responsible for what they make of themselves. With this responsibility comes a profound anguish or dread. It is a reaction against more traditional philosophies, such as rationalism and empiricism, which sought to discover an ultimate order in metaphysical principles or in the structure of the observed world, and therefore universal meaning. The movement had its origins in the thought of the 19th century philosophers Kierkegaard and Nietzsche and was prevalent in Continental philosophy. Writers like Dostoevsky also contributed to the movement.
In the 1940s and 1950s, French existentialists such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, and Simone de Beauvoir wrote scholarly and fictional works that helped to popularize themes associated with existentialism, including "dread, boredom, alienation, the absurd, freedom, commitment, [and] nothingness".[1] Existentialism was described by Walter Kaufman as, "The refusal to belong to any school of thought, the repudiation of the adequacy of any body of beliefs whatever, and especially of systems, and a marked dissatisfaction with traditional philosophy as superficial, academic, and remote from life".
-definition of existnetialism will help us to understand the meaning of it.
Anny Lim, Jenifer Phan, Kat Liebetrau P6

When we read, “Winnie the Pool parody,” we thought it was confusing and interesting. By reading this article, we got to think about the existentialism, how that would effect our lives. In the article, pooh and Christopher Robin wonders about why bees make honey, and why do anyone likes to be what they are now. This could relate to our lives when we think us being humans, but sometimes we want to be something else then humans. But like owl said, if you want to be a bird just because you want to fly like a bird, that doesn’t mean you want to be a bird, it means that you would like to have the ability that the bird has. I think after reading this article, I think a lot of people would wonder why they are born as humans, and they are what they are now, and how that is affecting their lives. Even though it was a confusing article, it got us to think about why we live our lives as we do, now.
Anny Lim, Jenifer Phan, Kat Liebetrau P6