Friday, November 21, 2008

Dangers of Psychology, part 1

Psychology. Almost everyone has heard the term. Some associate it with people reclining on couches or identifying an ambiguous blob of ink. Some don’t have a clue what it is, and most importantly, some don’t recognize its dangers. Because my brother and I recently studied Psychology took the Psychology CLEP in October and Education Psychology November 5th, I thought I would post some of my thoughts about the dangers of psychology while it is fresh in my mind. As I began typing this, I realized that there was actually a lot to say, so I’ll break it up into two posts for you. :)

Psychology is usually defined as the study of mental processes and behavior. In other words, Psychologists desire to answer the age-old question: “Why do people do what they do?” The problem with their answers begins with their starting point. Depending on the type of psychology you observe, you may believe that men are simply animals, basically good, or that “good” is dependent on what the society deems appropriate. So I cannot suggest that all psychologists believe that man is basically good. However, they have similar conclusions—punishment is bad, rewarding is good. To keep from further confusing you, here are definitions of the basic psychological beliefs:

Structuralism— focused merely on the structure of the mind
Functionalism— focused on the function – environmental influences, experience is adaptive
Psychoanalysis— Sigmund Freud is the founder. Believed in unconscious mental processes and how childhood development affects your current problems. Developed the superego (conscience), ego (middle guy, trying to please both your conscience and the id), and id (bad guy).
Behaviorism— centralized how the environment changes you, uses classical conditioning to change your responses
Humanistic— self-centered, people are basically good, choice and individuality are important
Cognitive— placed importance on thinking processes, change your thinking to change your actions

Because psychologists do not believe the Bible, sin is absent, and everything you do “wrong” has to be explained as something else. Freud explained that things considered right were simply the expectations of the society, and not necessarily good. You should do what feels good to you (pleasure principle) and let your id (the bad guy) go and have fun. Murder may not be wrong therefore, and could be excused by stating that the person was abused as a child, or has a mental disorder. Yes, it may sound ridiculous, but this is what many psychologists believe, and it leads to numerous problems in society!

To be continued....

1 comment:

Caleb said...

Tbc!? O no! That was a good post! Looking forward to the next one. :)