White Paper-azntaco

1.Working Hypothesis 1

Maintaining an open door at all times boosts productivity. It’s the psychological consequence of believing one is being watched so that one works harder. It is also a confidence builder because you will not be in your confined location, therefore moving out of your comfort zone.

Practice Opening

Is it best to leave your door open or closed all day? It has been revealed that many prefer to keep their doors closed for “privacy concerns” and such. This hypothesis, however, will contradict that. The study will show that leaving your door open improves confidence, insecurities, and allows you to interact with more people. 

2. Five Academic Sources

  1. Bainbridge, C. (2021, February 22). The truth about introverts and their specific needs. Verywell Family. Retrieved September 29, 2022, from https://www.verywellfamily.com/all-about-introverts-1449354 

I find it counterintuitive that misanthropic people want to be more social and yet they shut their door to whoever might interact with them. Introverts require a lot of privacy. They prefer to be alone in a room with the door shut, and many who do not understand introverts feel that this need to be alone is a sign of despair. This conduct, however, is common for introverts; it is not an indication of withdrawal from life. Because being among others exhausts them, they require time alone to recoup part of their energy. Being alone also allows people to think and figure things out without interruption. Introverts dislike large gatherings, and if they must attend one, they prefer to spend their time with only one or two other people, discussing topics on which they all have extensive knowledge.

Introverts can focus hard on a book or topic for a long period if they find it interesting and enjoy delving deeply and fully into things. That could explain why introverts dislike being interrupted while reading or working on a project. Introverts are highly aware of their inner world, which consists of observations, thoughts, ideas, beliefs, and feelings. They are also very aware of their environment, picking up on subtleties that others miss. They are, however, slow to share their ideas or insights. They may, for example, wait days or weeks before discussing occurrences. 

2. MediLexicon International. (n.d.). Effects of solitary confinement on mental and physical health. Medical News Today. Retrieved September 29, 2022, from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/solitary-confinement-effects#physical-health-effects 

Solitary confinement is a type of imprisonment in which the convict is confined to a single cell and has little or no meaningful interaction with other people. Compared to the general population, a jail may impose stronger procedures to prevent contraband on a solitary prisoner and deploy more security equipment. Solitary confinement is a punitive tool used within the prison system to discipline or separate disruptive prison inmates who pose a security risk to other inmates, prison staff, or the prison itself. Solitary confinement is also used to protect inmates whose safety is threatened by other inmates by separating them from the general population.

Humans demand social interaction. Isolation can produce a variety of mental health issues over time. Some include depression, anxiety, stress, problems with attention, concentration, and memory, self harm, etc. The majority of research focuses on the psychological impacts of solitary confinement. However, psychological anguish and loneliness can both contribute to physical health issues such as chronic headaches, dizziness, fatigue, sleep problems, weight loss, etc. Because of the harm it produces, solitary confinement is heavily criticized by groups all over the world.

3. Greenberg, J. (2020, August 24). You work better when you’re being watched. here’s how to monitor yourself. Entrepreneur. Retrieved September 29, 2022, from https://www.entrepreneur.com/living/you-work-better-when-youre-being-watched-heres-how-to/355102 

People frequently believe that performing in front of others would cause them to make mistakes, but being observed actually causes people to perform better. When people are aware that they are being watched, areas of the brain related with social awareness and reward energize a section of the brain that governs motor abilities, enhancing their performance on skilled activities. The results, which might help people become more efficient at work, school, etc. In essence, the presence of an audience, at least a small one, increased people’s incentive to perform well.

4. Situational Awareness: What it is and why it matters as a management tool: CQ Net – management skills for everyone. CQ Net – Management skills for everyone! (4195, January 1). Retrieved September 29, 2022, from https://www.ckju.net/en/dossier/situational-awareness-what-it-and-why-it-matters-management-tool 

It seems counterintuitive that you have to be situationally aware of your surroundings even inside your home. Maintaining an open door allows one to prepare for events happening outside of your house. Numerous security training programs and official advisories advise you to be “situationally aware” when visiting high-risk areas. But what does it mean to be “situationally aware”? It’s difficult to interpret the street, especially when you’re in an unusual setting when everything appears bizarre and out of place. It is all too simple to misread the benign as threatening while entirely ignoring true threats. In practice, situational awareness definitely entails much more. It’s more of an art than a science, and it requires time and careful practice to master.

5. Brody, J. E. (2017, June 12). Social interaction is critical for mental and Physical Health. The New York Times. Retrieved September 29, 2022, from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/12/well/live/having-friends-is-good-for-you.html 

I find it counterintuitive that somebody can have a high confidence level in an enclosed space. Allowing those to walk into your room to have a simple conversation will have a toll in the long run. Even if it’s just a parent or sibling. A lively bond between a group and individuals is fostered through good social interaction amongst peers. Most people struggle with social contact because they lack confidence. Having those light conversations will ultimately improve self esteem. In reality, it also solidifies a relationship between family members. If you’re enclosed in a room all alone, wouldn’t you get upset if somebody indulges themselves into a conversation with you? Allowing your door to be open invites people in and going back into self awareness you’ll be prepared. 

People who are continuously socially isolated are more likely to have elevated levels of stress and inflammation. These, in turn, can jeopardize the health of almost every bodily system, including the brain. It is proposed that a societal reduction in social connectivity may contribute to explain recent rises in feelings of loneliness, isolation, and alienation, and that loneliness may be one of the primary reasons people seek psychiatric treatment. 

3. Topics for Smaller Papers – 

  • An emergency can occur at any moment, having that door open allows one to escape faster.

During a fire, every second counts. In fact, house fires can grow by doubling in size every minute. Half of all home fire deaths occur between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. while the majority of individuals are sleeping. According to study, a closed door during a fire can mean the difference between 1,000 degrees and 100 degrees.

  • Maintaining an opened door allows one to have more self awareness

You could hear when an intruder break in which is more common nowadays. Another example would be if you heard your child crying. A closed door would negate the sound effects which could be detrimental depending on the situation.

4. Current State of My Research

My research at the moment feels solid. My hypothesis is more clear and understandable than before. Although, I didn’t find a source that goes directly researches my hypothesis; I feel like there’s a lot to go off of. I can talk about so many different scenarios that pinpoint me into the right direction. There’s still a lot to fix and improve on to make this paper the best that I could possibly make it. Any feedback would help in my scenario at the moment.

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6 Responses to White Paper-azntaco

  1. davidbdale says:

    I’m glad to see the post, azntaco, but this is just the frame. Your classmate, giantsfan, has posted what looks like a very complete and accomplished White Paper first draft, if you want to see what yours should look like by classtime today.

    White Paper-giantsfan224

  2. davidbdale says:

    I like your Hypothesis much better than your Practice Opening, AZNTaco. The Hypothesis makes bold claims; the Introduction is needlessly rhetorical, quibbles, and draws a fuzzy conclusion. What people “prefer” has little to do with what is “best.” Privacy may be important, but unless you’re trying to prove what’s the best way to protect privacy, it has no clear relevance to whether open doors are “better.”

    • azntaco says:

      I thought of the practice opening more of a thesis statement. I wanted to go more in depth to what I was going to talk about throughout my White Paper. Needless to say, I was being rhetorical and it’s a bad habit of mine.

  3. davidbdale says:

    I’ll return with more feedback when I can, Taco.

  4. davidbdale says:

    I’m impressed with the clarity you show in describing your sources, Taco. You’re in the early stages of your investigation, but already you’ve identified a couple of intriguing notions of just how differently individuals react to situations. For me, the most interesting idea is that solitary confinement might be a great relief to introverted prisoners instead of the punishment it’s intended to be.

    Your non-academic sources, such as Entrepreneur magazines and websites, are notorious for packaging just the sexy takeaways from scientific research into articles that satisfy “grazers” who want a quick insight that may or may not be reliable. They’re good for prompting further research, but not convincing to skeptical readers. When they provide the sources of their quick conclusions, it’s best to follow the lead back to the original source to test how accurately they pass along the results of a careful study.

    I’m less impressed by your suggestions for smaller papers. They’re not intended as opportunities to engage in “sideline” considerations, but there’s no way for you to know that yet. The goal of section 3 is to identify Categorical and Cause/Effect elements in your topic that you can explore in your short 1000-word arguments.

    • azntaco says:

      This is a much needed feedback. I had no idea if I was on the right course or not. Particularly with my smaller papers. What exactly should I be expressing? I expected it to be further suggestions for my hypothesis and didn’t know where to go from there. Is it also acceptable to utilize these types of sources on occasion? They contributed useful insights to my hypothesis that I would not have found in more trustworthy places.

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