Friday, April 14, 2017

The Essence of Human Psycology

Human Psychology has always been a matter of intrigue. Psychology is a combination of personality and environment. Personality is innate and environment is external influence. Both contribute to Human psychology. Environmental influence is the information people gather and assimilate over a period of time and is also a component of learning.

Many Psychologists of the past have tried to understand human personality and its forces and carved many theories. Personality is only one part of human psychology and only in a limited way explains behavior. Human Psychology on the other hand to a large extent tries to explain human behavior and its vagaries.

One of the effective models to understand human psychology is the Maslows need hierarchy. It basically classifies certain levels of needs of Individuals.(Let me hasten to add that Human psychology is an important contributor to National Economics. Sometimes this is not well understood. Progress made in  the individual psychological front go a long way in creating economic progress. This  is a very important axiom of Economics and its principles there-of.). Human Beings progress from one level of need to another.

Reflect on the World Wars for a moment…two of them within a short gap of fifty years or less during the first half of the twentieth century. It left the world famished in many ways creating far reaching impacts on human psychology and behavior which we have time and again failed to learn from. Study the Concentration camps of Hitler and the atrocities there-of it only leaves people aghast as to how humans could behave with one another that way or even the slavery of the United States or even some of the acts of the British Raj and similar events from time to time.

Let us have a look at the maslows need hierarchy. It starts with food and sustenance ..them to security…then to affiliation and friendship…then to esteem needs  and finally to actualization. I don’t know if I have written the hierarchy in the right order..but that doesn’t matter as long as the significance is understood….because in it lies hidden the essence of Human behavior and Psychology.

Note that the first  four needs are  inherent in Animals as well and it is only actualization that is a human need and absent in Animals. Actualization is what makes Human Human and not Animal.

I used the word Animal Economics. What does that mean. It means a competitive environment for sustenance. It is such poorly engineered environments that land up creating conflicts of various kinds. When people become more aggressive due to scarcity there starts negative behaviours of various kinds.

What is the essence of human psychology ? How is it related to the science of Economics. The essence of human Psychology is the ability of communities through formal or informal procedures to transcend people from the Animal domain to a more refined domain of actualisation. It is through Actualisation that  innovation is through innovation that all forms of Economics transcends to a more refined platform.

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