Saturday, May 23, 2009

PSY265 Week 6, DQ 1

Post your response to the following: Imagine you are talking to a friend who is having a hard time considering the abortion of an unwanted pregnancy. What are the various emotions your friend may experience before and after an abortion?

If she is in the statistical majority she finds abortion for the sake of the mother’s future morally wrong, but also believes that abortion should remain legal (Rathus, Nevid, & Fichner-Rathus, 2005). This causes a bit of a quagmire for the lady. She does not think that abortions should be performed for any and every reason, but she does believe that it is really up to the women. She is probably exhibiting high levels of anxiety about telling the potential father and her parents. When you factor all of these together it makes for a very confusing situation. If she decides to proceed with the abortion, then afterward will be a mixed bag as well. Again if she is in the statistical majority, then she will recover psychologically but will regret at least to some extent that she proceeded with the abortion. Research shows though that these feelings of regret usually do not lead to severe depression.

I think it also prudent to include assumptions as to her state of affairs if she was to keep the child and rear it herself. It would be difficult. I don’t think that anyone can argue with that fact, but in the end I think it would be a net positive. In my experience it is those trying times which mold us into greater people. Besides regardless of what the polls say I think that most people include a pro-life position in their ideal self, that is unless someone is ardently pro-choice. The great majority of Americans still claim to be religious, whether that is Christian, Muslim, etc… I think there would be some superego vs. ego vs. ID conflict going on if most of us were put in that situation. Our ID is looking for the easier way out, the way that does not sacrifice too much of the self. The superego is yelling no as loud as it can and the ego is trying to find some socially/morally acceptable way to express these two emotions. As far as the conclusion of the argument, that is really up to each and every one of us. This is one of those arguments for which I reserve judgment. I have never been in that situation, so I do not presume to dictate to others what they should do. I would say however that an abortion is a course of action I could never take, on moral grounds.

Rathus, S.A., Nevid, J.S., and Fichner-Rathus, L. (2005). Human sexuality in a world of

diversity. (6th ed.) Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.

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