Psychfutures

February 26 2008 / by iveta
Category: Health & Medicine   Year: General   Rating: 12

Psychology of the future and information you can use now

What am I most passionate about? The ability research findings from advanced psychological science have to significantly impact quality and quantity of life for all humans. We’re already starting to see research finding applied more often in the real world, and I think that this trend is starting to accelerate.

We will uncover more and more of the mysteries of the brain through scientific exploration: its physical and information processing mechanisms, how it is impacted by our environment (including other humans) and by our personal choices (what we eat, how we exercise, how we deal with stress, the emotions we choose to feel, and its connection with our other biological systems (i.e. through psychoneuroimmunology).

It won’t always be easy, but humans will increasingly incorporate this knowledge into designing our societies – corporations and entrepreneurs will probably apply the new knowledge first, hopefully followed by parents and educators, and then maybe governments and other organizations. Conservatives and those with a financial or power stake may try to stand in the way.

From my perspective as a former psychology student, futurist, MBA graduate, and HR professional, I am hopeful that this revolution in the application of psychological sciences will come sooner than later. Applying our understanding of how we think, learn, behave, and change will allow us to avoid unnecessary violence, inequality, health epidemics, economic irrationality, power mongering, general unhappiness, and missed opportunities to explore and understand the universe and metaverse.

Over the coming months, this blog will share and analyze psychological research I find particularly impactful and provide thoughts on how you can use this information in your daily life right now. If there are particular topics you as readers are curious about, please post them in the comments section and I will try to cover them in future blog posts.

Look forward to blog posts in at least these areas: • Positive psychology, resiliency, strengths-based management and career development • Learned helplessness and learned optimism • Neuropsychology, brain plasticity, amygdala hijacks, mirror neurons • Humanism, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs • Decision-making, rational thinking, creative thinking • Social psychology, wide-scale societal attitudinal change • Psychoneuroimmunology, health psychology, exercise, nutrition, glycemic roller coasters, stress, sleep • Mindfulness, meditation, self-awareness, emotional intelligence • Education, child-raising

I’m looking forward to delving into this with you all!

What topics in the psychology of the future area are you most curious about?

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  1. The future of psychology is an exciting realm. Like the futures of perhaps all fields of study, psychology is always changing. The mind is a fascinating world to explore. What we are distinguishing in the world of psychology is the relationship between the mind and our behavior. The study of this relationship reveals more and more insight and explanation for how the world occurs for us and how we occur to ourselves. What I am most interested in is the idea that neither the study of psychology, nor the results of the study of psychology can exist without language. This idea does not exclude any other field of study. There was a time, way before the study of psychology or any other study, where existed a world and suddenly it occurred to us and became the occurring world. While this was happening, our brain was certainly doing something without it occurring to us. Most likely it was doing the same thing then as it is now, processing the occurring world and comparing it to what it has already seen in the past, then making a decision based on what it doesn’t want. Simple, yet extremely effective. At that time, we didn’t call this process anything, and perhaps, we did not recognize the occurring world as anything, perhaps even separate from us. IT was just so. IT being US as we “be” and at the same time, the world as it “be” to us. Seemingly, the only way we humans could get to the point of acknowledging IT as something separate from us, and us separate from IT, IT being something that existed out there, something that was not us, was to speak it so. And so we declared it not us. And “not us” became reality. And “us” and “it” could not be distinguished without word. And now today we have an agreement with words about us and IT and everything that exists. And how the world occurs to us is a result of how it has occurred in the past, and we may now declare that “it is changing, or we are learning.” This is valid and easily agreed upon. And thus it is most interesting to me.

    What I am pointing to is that the advancement of psychology, science, religion, math and all other fields simply occur to us inside of language. We are learning more about the brain because we say so, and that the reasons why fit into an occurring world. We create it. We create progress, we create advancement and speed and knowledge. We create creating. And all of it is still nothing without language. And that doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

    It seems to be that the future of psychology will not be determined, or found out or discovered but rather invented and created through language.

    We will never catch up to what we are creating. How fun! Like a never ending recess of hide and seek. If indeed the brain is advancing and we as humans are also advancing, then we are not static. If we are not static, then we cannot be captured, and as fast as we distinguish what is happening, it has already changed. We have changed. And endless game of hide and seek. Once we are caught, a new game begins.

    Posted by: Peltaire   February 26, 2008
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  2. @ Iveta: Welcome to Future Blogger! I look forward to reading your posts, particularly the stuff about brain plasticity, machine intelligence, mirror neurons (autism, brain dev), social psych and mindfullness. re: mindfullness, I recently came a cross a cool study (will try to find the link) that found that paying attention to food increased the enjoyment or un-enjoyment of that food, and that when people didn’t have time to pay attention it was always a more neutral experience. This gets at some of what peltaire wrote about…

    @ Peltaire: So you’re saying is that there’s no such thing as a closed system and that we all create stories that reciprocally define who we are. I generally buy that. The mindfulness example I mention above seems to reflect some of your thinking re: how intertwined our perception, which is conditioned by ideas and valuse and memories, and our real-time emotional reaction to the world is. We’d like to think that we are static beings, but we’re not. At the same time, the idea of being static and semi-permanent is a powerful concept that appears to aid us as a whole, while also probably causing much strife and depression on an individual level.

    When you say, “It seems to be that the future of psychology will not be determined, or found out or discovered but rather invented and created through language,” I get where you’re coming from, but believe that bio-mimicry, pattern-mimicry, cosmo-mimicry is a powerful learning tool that works had in hand with creation. One does not exist sans the other—there is no creation, no new language, without discovery, pattern recognition and mimicry.

    Cool thoughts overall.

    Keeping in mind what you assert and what Iveta is interested in writing about, what would you like to see her tackle in her upcoming posts? Mindfullness seems like a great bridge topic here.

    Posted by: Alvis Brigis   February 26, 2008
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  3. In your blog you state:

    “avoid unnecessary violence, inequality, health epidemics, economic irrationality, power mongering, general unhappiness, and missed opportunities to explore and understand the universe and metaverse.”

    Where is the aspect of religion? People need to beleive in something if they don’t are we going to consider them moral with there intentions? How will the next generation of children who are violent, love violent video games, have access to violent videos on youtube, who almost 50% don’t even graduate from high school, 70% are single family homes, even be aware of these things. Where is the focus on the middle class? I look forward to reading your blog.

    Posted by: Prof. Visners   February 26, 2008
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  4. Hi Iveta Would love to talk through your ideas. Independently a few months ago we launched a pre company community called PsychFutures, already with over 500 psychology students and academics sharing advice and ideas. Would love to introduce your ideas to them. the URL is: http://psychfutures.ning.com/ My email: stuart@mavedu.com Thank you!

    Posted by: Lyaeus   December 07, 2009
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