How do we change our minds?
Elizabeth Gilley, 2015
What accounts for changes in attitudes and dispositions which guide behavior? Under the perspective framework of evolving Cognitive Behavioral Theory, we understand that both internal and external stimuli effect response patterns. Other psychological perspectives, may consider other interpersonal variables, such as the body-mind intelligence, including past experiential training history and conditioning, as well as Humanistic, Transpersonal and Integral psychological self-perceptual concepts, which can encompass an enlargement (rather than a diminishing ) of perspective, reevaluation of changing need, circumstance, and more positive self-efficacious motivational factors. In the evolving study of social psychology, both internal and external, intrapersonal and interpersonal variables, are considered.
Social psychologists have always been interested in determining what accounts for an individual’s cognitions, attitude and emotions, reasoning, judgements, and behaviors, including the situational, as well as the collective influence of culture and society upon the individual. For if we can understand these, then perhaps, in turn, we can induce change, for a variety of purposes ranging from control of the masses, in relation to limited resources, commercial marketing and economic advancement and hopefully, perhaps, also, the altruistic, advancement of the human race. Certainly, there are occasions that merit our effort to predict behavior in regards to survival and self-defense.
A good predictor of behavior, is past behavior. However, there are many determinants of behavior, each powerful in Continue reading