Rulin’s Key Takeaways and Insights from MAPSA Conference 2023

A fire with enthusiasm quote by Corin Nemec broaches “Never let life impede on your ability to manifest your dreams. Dig deeper into your dreams and deeper into yourself and believe that anything is possible, and make it happen.”. This journey began with Dr Shamala Ramasamy’s motivation when I was in her Statistics classes during my undergraduate study in psychology at IMU. She prepared us with the eagerness to brainstorm the thesis research scope as early as we can, as well as encouraged us to aim to present our research findings at the Malaysian Psychology Students Assembly (MAPSA) conference.


My burning passion for researching the Cyberbullying scope developed ever since I was in Diploma in Psychology at another college. I aspire to provide a platform for cyberbullying victims to voice out, conjointly, to raise anti-cyberbullying awareness in society. It is disheartening to recognise that the number of cyberbullying incidents has inflated incredibly across the years, the victims fear disclosing the experience to even the closest people such as family members and friends due to the fear of being discriminated against, and most importantly, the urgency of government and legal institutions to take expeditious actions to protect the victim and address the inappropriate and toxic social media users’ behaviour.


I was fortunate enough to conduct a thesis titled “A Phenomenological Study on Cybervictimization Experience and Coping Strategies among Women with Heavy Social Media Usage”, under Mr Alexius Cheang’s supervision and guidance. Upon the completion of the BSc (Hon) in Psychology, Dr Joshua Ng encouraged my cohort and I to present our research studies in this year’s MAPSA conference at Sunway University on 4 November 2023 (Saturday), centring on the theme “Psychology for a Sustainable Future.”.

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