“An unconscious part of the mind profoundly influences behavior”. Freud thought that illnesses in the body that have no apparent bodily cause are caused by psychological issues. A therapy for the unconscious, psychoanalysis, was an amazing perspective of what the mind can create or destroy. Skinner, on the other hand, had this perspective: “A person does not act upon the world, the world acts upon him.”
Now, I believe anything is possible. However, in order for Skinner’s theory to be entirely true, some things such as instincts must be explained. It is true that no matter how you act and what you choose to do is because of your situation, which was caused by the world (your surroundings, how things work, fate etc.). we cannot explain why certain things happen, but we have a subconscious power to control their effects. We choose what we want to change or not. We are those who make the unconscious decision of acting in a certain way. The last statement has two aspects that do not really go together. How can we take decisions if we act subconsciously? Well, can you explain every time you took a decision why did you take it? No! Why is that? Because you were driven by your instincts, by your gut, and not by the world and what’s logical for the majority.
Ok, it is true that even the part mention above is still part of the world. Nonetheless, the two psychologists have great theories and many aspects that could be debated until the end of time. I took only these two sentences literally without analyzing the meaning behind them. My point is: “Are we toys of the world or not?” Well, as much as I do not agree with the answer “yes” because each one of us has his unique features and can act regardless of what is happening in the world. But, if we think about it, we will realize that we are shaped by what happens. Now, how we react to the world’s effect is a different aspect. That is why I do not like to think that we are toys. We are victims better said, but we aren’t robots. The same thing could happen to two people, but for one it might be devastating and for the other educational. The truth is that the subconscious acts in a mysterious way, and no matter what the world does to you, you becoming a brainwashed robot is not a general rule.
We wear the same clothes, we watch the same things, we eat the same food. Culture makes each of those things different (the Chinese don’t eat the same food as the French), but in the end we are all formed by it. Our mentality is influenced by our culture. Our mentality is completely different than our environment if something else from the world had an impact upon us. In conclusion, the world has its saying. This is mainly clear, but our subconscious….well, that’s why we cannot say that everything is about the world. You are part of the world also, but the unconscious mind has a pattern that does not seem wordily. This is was can produce miracles, this is what we truly have to deal with. Ourselves! Somebody who does good things will eventually get something done wrong due to the world around him and in reverse. The paradox is that the world controls us, but we control the world.
These are just some ideas, and I haven’t really went deep into the matter. I ‘m trying to show that psychology is more important than any other science. This is what I’ve noticed in my life experience and this is what I’m trying to write about in the next articles.