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Question by lakimbria2000: psychology?
whats it really like. The in’s and out’s. Any and everything you can tell me about. thanks!

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  1. it’s the study of thought and behavior….

  2. It began in ancient Greece. Some, probably Gnostic’s, coined the term Psychology using the prefix “psyche” which means self,soul, and mind, and chology which means ” a study of”.

    The term psyche was chosen because it refers to the Esoteric dimensions of the human being. Those who coined the term Psychology obviously intended it to refer to a s study of the Esoteric realms within the human being.

    It served this purpose for a bit over a thousand years, when a behavioral scientist, by the name of B.F.Skinner, decided that he wanted to be called a “psychologist” just like those who were properly trained to be one.

    He was not stupid, merely devious and deceitful. He challenged the psychologists of the time to either demonstrate the existence of the MIND and consciousness, or failing that, to allow him to call what he did [study the behavior of animals and people] by the same “psychology”, just like they did.

    The Esoteric in Man is not physical, and to those ignorant of this vibrational phenomena, like Skinner, this fact had no meaning. The Psychologists of the time could not physically demonstrate the existence of the MIND and consciousness, and therefore he urged them to allow him, and his colleagues to call themselves “psychologists” too.

    This was in the early 1900’s, and almost everyone desiring to study “psychology” eagerly chose the road most easily traveled… to avoid having to study their own MINDs before becoming an expert on the MIND….just like Skinner.

    Within a decade, we had the oxymoron “behavioral psychology”. And today, the only curriculum taught in colleges and universities is based on the tenets of behaviorism… which simply put, are these:

    1. From Websters [1990] definition of behaviorism: “the mind and consciousness cannot be meaningfully studied”…. The only thing left out was the statement “by behavioral scientists”.

    2. That since there was nothing to be learned From a study of the “mind and consciousness”, there was no point in having “psychologists” study their own MINDs.”

    3. Without a knowledge of the Esoteric dynamics of ones own MIND discovered from WITHIN oneself, one cannot possibly know what a conflicted MIND within another needs by way of treatment that will address the conflict.

    4. Not uncommonly, those therapists ignorant of the Esoteric MIND, will engage in treatment that, rather than being helpful, actually is quite harmful to the person seeking help. For instance, when a person’s behavior is focused on as “the problem” of the person, this reinforces the delusional belief within that person’s MIND that it is correct in its belief that the person is inherently bad and must be punished. This is not intentional on the therapist’s part, but simply a matter of the therapist’s ignorance regarding the MIND, and how it works.

    When looking for a therapist today, there are perhaps, optomistically speaking, as many as 5% within the field of mental health who may be useful for those with a conflicted MIND. Look for those with a natural psychic gift, and perhaps scorned by the larger body.


  3. Actually to clarify what the post before me said…”ology” is Greek for “study of”…not “chology”. Think about “bio””logy” which is the study of the body…etc etc.

    Thanks to Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, psychology began as a way of questioning who we were and why we thought the way we did. The ancient Greeks had a much different idea of what the human body was and most Greeks didn’t want to listen to the likes of these philosophers who talked about things that bordered on heresy. At any rate it is important to realize that psychology as we know it today has really only been around for the last 120 years or so.

    Wilhelm Wundt is considered the “father of modern Psychology” thanks to his theories on experiences, both subjective and objective. Also Charles Darwin played a role in forming modern day psychology when he wrote about evolution. It was he who first suggested that we can learn about human behavior by watching animals. These observation techniques are some of the foundations of what many psychologists use today to study human behavior.

    From the late 19th through the 20th century several key individuals rose and gained attention with there theories…both unusual and concrete. Sigmund Freud, John Watson, BF Skinner and Ivan Pavolov are perhaps the most recognizeable names and would be great research material for anyone interested in what psychology is all about.

    To sum it up, psychology is the study of how we behave and what makes us behave that way. The scientific definition is “study of behavior and mental processes”…so basically things we can observe and things we cannot observe directly. I think psychology is one of those classes that everyone should take in high school or college because understanding people and behavior is so important in any possible career choice.

    I hope that helps a little.

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