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Sociology > Psychology > An Introduction

By ED

Psychology is the study of the mind, including logic, reason, emotion, conscious and unconscious mental processes and behaviour. It is also associated with neuroscience and the study of the brain to the extent that psychology has become an umbrella term for a wide variety of ‘disciplines’, paradigms, religions and cults that are not clearly definable as medical, philosophical or sociological disciplines.

The History of Psychology

For thousands of years psychology has existed as 'philosophy' as found in the ancient Vedic Indian texts which record the findings of man's examination of mind and spirit. Other historic books can be found in the Buddhist, Yoga and Vedanta libraries.  

The modern word ‘psychology’ comes from the Greek word 'psyche', meaning mind or soul and 'ology' meaning study, however the psychological scientists seem to have become more interested in brain chemistry and consumer oriented drugs and services to control the public and to coerce those with other than 'normal' behaviours to conform to the dominant social stereotype.

While today's experimental psychology concerned with learning, memory, perception, attention, emotions and physiological processes of the brain and body has some merit in attempting to understand the consequences of brain damage and mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, psychology today is primarily a sociological tool that serves religious, political and corporate interests for population control.

Some Popular Definitions:

  1. Philosophy: A branch of metaphysics that studies the soul, the mind, and the relationship of life and mind to the functions of the body and environment.
  2. The study of the mind and how it works.
  3. The science that deals with mental processes and behavior.
  4. The mental factors governing a situation or activity
  5. The mental characteristics or attitude of a person or group
  6. The emotional and behavioral characteristics of an individual, group, or activity.
  7. The scientific study of the human mind and its functions, esp. those affecting behavior in a given context.
  8. Subtle tactical action or argument used to manipulate or influence another

So we see that today's definitions; at the top we have perhaps the truest definition and as we progress down this list, def 2 isolates the mind and the remaining definitions are totally divorced mind or soul and are seeking to develop understandings and means of exerting influence over others, or mind control.

Another important aspect of modern day psychology is the development of drugs that are used to modify thinking and  behaviour developed by the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry that feeds off the weaknesses and insecurities of others.  

Is Psychology A Valid Tool Today?

Where modern psychology ignores the mind and the relationship between the mind and all things, psychology is a spiritually bankrupt tool that denies life and everything positive about humanity. There are aspects of psychology which are useful such as those concerned with learning, memory, perception, attention, emotions and links to physiological processes of the brain and body have some merit in helping the brain damaged. Another common aspect is that of counselling, a psychological process used to help individuals perceive their situation and to find their own solutions to life's problems.

Psychology should be about help and betterment of mankind, and for those interested in self improvement and understanding their psychological predicament may find solutions and inspiration in books or time out in nature. Solutions are unlikely to be found in modern psychology, drugs or alcohol, solutions come from the sincere desire to grow and excel.

What Effects Our Psychology?

The short answer is 'everything' has an effect on our psychology. We are affected or conditioned from conception and possibly before even conception to be the person we are today. Every action, every reaction, the foods we eat, our upbringing, our social and political views and the people we mix with all influence our psychology and behaviour.

Can Psychology Help You?

Possibly.. but this depends on how you see yourself and the problems you are dealing with. But if you are reading this information, it is unlikely you need help and you would be better served by reading and studying/observing the processes in your own psychology. Psychological services may however help family or friends who are brain damaged or have some neurological defect.

Alternatives to Psychology
To find alternatives one must be willing to look outside mainstream medicine.

Just think:

  • We are the sum total of everything in our lives, therefore some analysis of ones life is helpful and guidance is helpful.
     
    • You are unlikely to need a psychologist or guru, but it is helpful to create an "ideal" - a concept of how we would like to be and then take action to reach that goal.
    • That goal should not be to far removed - say as a first step, adopt a new attitude toward life such as:
       
      • being appreciative
      • being grateful
      • being kind
      • being considerate
      • being compassionate toward self and others
         
  • We are what we eat, so diet is an important area to look at.
    • Ensure that you are getting adequate and good quality nutrition.
    • Nutritional supplements can be helpful here and guidance can be sought from your health care provider so that you do not consume in excess.
       
  • As well as good diet, exercise important for general fitness
    • Exercise to help create the healthy body and mind
       
  • Look for the beauty and positive attitudes in others and associate with these people
  • The sincere seeker of knowledge may be best served by studying his or her own mental and emotional processes.

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References
Richard L. Gregory
www.sntp.net/psychology_definition.htm
Wikipedia





 

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