A psychological approach towards human behaviour

Human beings, as a social animal, tend to behave such behaviours that are destructive to own and others.  In the process of successful living, humans never hesitate to lie, cheat, steal and kill oneself or even others.  Science has dealt this subject very deeply only to find out as to why an intelligent species on the earth behaves in a spiteful way.

University of Massachusetts psychologist Robert Feldman claims that, “It’s tied in with self-esteem. We find that as soon as people feel that their self-esteem is threatened, they immediately begin to lie at higher levels.”  Even for no reason, people lie only to establish oneself as better than the rest.  Psychologists could not trace out that how extend, one can go on saying lie.

Theft is another typical human behaviour that is persisting thousands of years, even after human civilization has reached to a better level of living year after year.  In most of the cases, theft is motivated; either for a need or for a thrill.  A study reveals that when contacted several people they admitted that they shoplifted at least once in their lifetime for any of the above two reasons.  Probably theft is in our genes or else why some people do it for the sake of thrill even though one can afford to buy it.  Stealing for others’ sake is very seldom one can see.

When come to the behaviour of cheating, it is merely a lack of ethics in one’s mind.  A child that which did not learn about ethics from the parents in its childhood time, would probably end up as a cheater in social structure such as human relationships.  However, all above behaviours would vanish gradually as a child grows and develops self-confidence.  In most of the cases a child that lacks self-confidence, would continue to do regularly or as and when some opportunity flashes.

As a grown individual, psychological behaviour of individual human depends on the situation that one undergoes at that time or the situation that one underwent already.  These two will have the severe impact of person when they deal with the things/people in their day to day activity.  However, observed or shared result of others does influence to some extent.  Ultimately, this impact will change to time to time with the outcome of the gaining experience and self-confidence.  Scientists from Universities of several countries studied and done research work on human psychological behaviour or on the words psychological approach of human beings.

In most cases of research, all human beings behave alike across the globe in certain things.  One such experiment was done by Harvard and Kent State University on ‘missing events that what’s right in front of us’.  In 1988, researchers from Harvard and Kent State University chose pedestrians on a college campus to determine how much people notice about their immediate environments.  In the experiment, a deputed person sent to a pedestrian and asked for directions.  While the pedestrian was giving the directions, two men carrying a large wooden door, walked between the deputed person and the pedestrian, completely blocking their view of each other for several seconds.  During that time, the deputed person was replaced by another with a different outfit, haircut and voice.  Most of the participants didn’t notice this substitution.  The experiment was one of the first to illustrate the phenomenon of ‘change blindness’, which shows just how selective human beings are about what we take in from any given visual scene.  Further, it strongly asserted that human beings rely on memory and pattern-recognition significantly more than what kind of thinking in their mind.  This experiment is also proved that the information asked penetrates more deeply in the minds than that the face of the person who asked irrespective of his/her clan, colour, attire, etc., when two people meet in a short time.  This kind of human behaviour is more precisely being dealt in the criminal cases in the courts of law, as witness’s short time seeing of human face or outfit is more important in the crime scene.

Human communicates and behaves in different occasions in line with his temperament and power one has.  The psychological reason behind this fact is that those in power sometimes act towards others with a sense of entitlement and disrespect.  “When researchers give people power in scientific experiments, they are more likely to physically touch others in potentially inappropriate ways, to flirt in more direct fashion”, according to psychologist Dacher Keltner, one of the study’s leaders, wrote in an article for UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Centre in 2003 (Source: huffpost.com).  This misuse of power was very obviously observed in offices, colleges and of course in politics worldwide.  There are numerous cases registered against higher officials by their subordinates in the corporate offices; students claim misbehaviour activity by the teachers, professors; common pubic and political party members against political leaders, especially in South Asian Countries.

Transparent activity by the empowered people with monitor of cross functional teams in their respective areas, perhaps, would resolve this kind of misbehaviours.  A strong political will with dedication and people oriented governments only can implement such activities.

In a study which dealt human relationships with love and affection towards one can also change the behaviour of person.  It can be in either way, adverse or affectionate.  Love and affection that one person gets or interrupted would lead to change the behaviour of a person. A study from Harvard Grand in a period of 75 years on human relationships revealed this.  The study expressed that love really is all that matters, at least when it comes to determining long-term happiness and life satisfaction.  The long-time Director for this study, Mr. George Vaillant, Psychiatrist revealed that there are two pillars of happiness.  “One is love.  The other is finding a way of coping with life that does not push love away”.  For that he also gives an instance, one participant began the study with the lowest rating for future stability of all the subjects and he had previously attempted suicide, but at the end of his life, he was one of the happiest.  Why?  As Vaillant explains, ‘he spent his life searching for love’.

Every now and then we always hear from other sources or read from newspapers that so many crimes, be it simple assault, be it killing other human, were ultimately ended with lack of love or interrupted love.  Human, by nature extends and expects love to others and from others.  Human is basically a lover of love and affection.  Time, situation, experience of others and self, will play a vital role in one’s life.  Being a social animal, human always thrives for love.

Human, in general, is a multi-face personality.  Upon available of opportunity one behaves badly and one behaves well in accordance with the need.  This is generally deliberate or may be natural.  In most of the cases, different behaviour with different areas and different people are basically self-experience oriented.  Although it might change in accordance with the outcome of the situation, sometimes the mind-set of one, hardly changes.  Human’s multi-face personality doesn’t give so much of adverse effect in most of the time but used only to handle the situation, in a rare situation it does few adverse impacts on others.  Such cases happened very seldom occasions.

A child behaviour cannot be compared with that of a matured man.  However, a grown and matured man does express his child like behaviour sometimes and some people even behave childish too.

In a rare occasions,  some children behave like matured.  This, however, is dealt as ‘Karma Sidhdhantha’ in Hinduism – a vast subject to discuss.  The modern science does not talk much about this.

Humans make mistakes and learn from them, in fact humans learn from others’ mistakes too.  Making mistake is psychologically required as it allows one to learn and boosts self-confidence when one resolves the problem.  A child who tries to walk independently, falls frequently but learns to walk quicker than the one which sits all the time on father’s shoulder.

Hundreds of stories from the prisoners would reveal more and more human behavioural aspects.  Most of the crimes are done with the situation demand or inappropriate knowledge of worldliness.  Such crime makers would reveal their inability to negotiate the situation, had they got a chance to talk, and had they understood the situation with matured way, they, perhaps would have never done such crimes.  Human, as a whole, all fit for peaceful living by nature, only analytical tendency towards other’s mind with respect to the situation and status, is required to overcome psychological barriers among fellow humans.

Author: Balaji Canchi Sistla

On 15-12-2016 @ 6.30 pm, Hyderabad

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