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PROJECT IMPLICIT (IAT): Demonstration Tests

Does COMPETITION or COOPERATION RULE? Benefits and disadvantages?

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CHAPTER 18 A or 18 B


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We live in a world where so much is uncertain. Nature’s random floods and earthquakes destroy homes and entire communities in a flash. Drive-by gangster shootings terrorize entire neighborhoods. These random acts of violence douse hope, call forth anger, and destroy all that is good in us.

When you are uncertain if you can combat this pervasive misery, when you are unsure of what to do next, when you don’t know who is on your side-stand up and do the unthinkable! Contribute a random act of kindness, and in the doing, stake out a small part of the planet that looks forward to your presence.

When you buy an ice cream cone for the kid who just dropped his chocolate scoop, you buy more than ice cream. If you are in a long line of cars and you let someone turn in from a side street, you momentarily turn the asphalt jungle into a safe haven. Letting the stranger behind you (with only one package) go first in the grocery line means there are fewer strangers in the world at that moment. When you take a bunch of pink carnations on a cold winter’s day to the elderly widow at the end of the lock, you treat yourself to wisdom beyond your years. And if you take the time to leave a message on a phone machine to cheer up a depressed person, you put a human face on the technology that surrounds (and sometimes threatens) us.

In the process of acting compassionately, you change life for yourself as well as others. You give yourself the power to be a hero, to experience a divine and cleansing moment of unselfishness. For that brief instant, you crash through the darkness of cruelty, ignorance, and mistrust which daily threatens to engulf us.

These Random Acts of Kindness may not end racial hatred, droughts, or murders. But they do throw a counter weight onto the scales where we measure our worth each day. At the end of the day, you’ll know one thing for sure: you chose not to live in the world as it is, but rather as you would like it to be.” - Martin Kimeldorf

Samples of Random Acts of Kindness

Look over the following samples based on suggestions in the book Random Acts Of Kindness. Then make a list of ten random acts you could perform in your life at home, at school, or in the community at large.

• Leave a small gift at the door of a family suffering severe illness, like cancer.

• Pick out some place or object to improve. Clear out a vacant lot and plant trees and shrubs, straighten a street sign, or re-paint a bus stop.

• Return your shopping cart to the storage area.

• Turn in items to be recycled.

• Write a note to a teacher, thanking him or her for a lesson.

• Select a person in your neighborhood or class who is feeling down. Send that person a greeting card anonymously.

• If you’ve been a jerk (for instance, if you got into a name calling situation and lost control), apologize, even if the other person is wrong.

• Take birdseed in a small pouch and spread it where you see our feather friends congregating.

• Visit an animal shelter and bring some treats for the animals and the staff.

• Do a job (like mowing the lawn, cleaning the house, or shoveling snow) for someone who is having hard times, and surprise him or her by not charging.

• Take another student to the library with you and help him or her get started on a school report.

• Send a letter to someone (like a teacher or coach) who made a difference in your life.

• Let the impatient person behind you go ahead of you in line.

• Bake cookies or another treat, and give them away at school or at work.

• Bring pencils to school and give them away to people who forget to bring one.

• Slip some money into the pocket of a needy friend.

• Buy a movie ticket for the person behind you in line.

• Reverse roles. Do something for others who usually do something for you. Clean up the living room, make breakfast on Sunday, or do the laundry.


Perform at least THREE Random Acts of Kindness. In the DISCUSSION TAB under "RAK", document the following for each random act of kindness.

a) what you did

b) how others felt (or how you think they felt)

c) how you felt afterwards