Studying Psychology…

December 26, 2007

…meant that in the first 2 years I encountered, amongst others, the following big themes:

1) Behaviorism
2) Psychodynamic approaches
3) Cognitive Psychology
4) Social Constructionism
5) Differential approaches (such as Trait theory)
6) Developmental approaches
7) Probabilistic Fisherian reasoning

Having learned what those entail, I was then able to say:

In some situations people behave, just like animals, as their impulses dictate (1, 2), which have been shaped by past experience (1, 2, 3), either through unconscious (2) conditioning (1), or conscious social influence (4). We are different from animals in the sense of having developed a very complex language (3) that makes us Popperian creatures who are able to let hypotheses die instead of themselves. Of course, people are not only different in their prior experiences, they also differ in very basic, perhaps genetically rooted, characteristics (5), which in turn might not predict, but at least correlate with their behaviour.
There is a roadmap for every individual to evolve (6), with some paths being shared across individuals or even vertebrates to a certain likelihood (7).

I am currently trying to make sense of that and develop an integral (*1) view of all those existing building blocks. You already realized that the puzzle is still more than prematurely assembled and I welcome any help, should you feel you have an advanced view encompassing all those themes, knowing exactly where their place in both history and logical argument is to be. Just leave a comment…

*1) Integral in the sense of Spiral Dynamics (Don Beck)