By Rod Johnson

Rodric believes Moroni included special instruction for Modern times and wants to share his unique perspective the same way Moroni shared in The Book of Mormon.

People Behave Strangely - Psychology

We are a complex network of emotions, experiences, and desires that just do not add neatly into a package to be categorized by science. Humanity does not fit well in the scientific method.
Wonder and astonishment are the words that describe the diversity found in humanity, with the variation becoming more complex and diverse as cultural barriers rise and fall to endorse new ways of thinking and ethnic being.
Especially in the economically stable and wealthy nations, where all of the basic needs for existence no longer concern the masses, who then focus on building a life for self-actualization, can we see a dramatic increase in diversity movements and acceptance campaigns.
Even with this diversity trend in the United States and other first world nations, the cultural context of this work, psychology, focuses on explaining the behavior of people to fit the current vein of understanding to achieve some consensus on perspective so that society, in some way, can have a sense of normalcy.

Normalcy

The focus on normalcy plays a significant part in understanding the definition of normalcy—no matter how fleeting. It seems that postulates developed to nullify the previous conceptions regarding humanity’s normalcy so that nothing actually defines it and every conceivable truth seems relative to one perspective or another until there exists no universal basis.
Having a non-relative view or concept of life appears to be the popular stance in modern culture regarding human behavior and the motivation for human behavior.
Defining psychology becomes ever difficult when normal psychology has its critics. Normal really can be any conceivable combination if we were to be politically correct; consequently, psychology as a science lacks the flexibility to include every combination of what constitutes political normalcy in Western culture.
We relegate psychology to the status of pseudo-science with the many studies that differ and sustain an ignorant culture of citizens indoctrinated that all forms of social structures support healthy psychological balance and perpetuates the cultural heritage through an evolution of some sort.
Pre-industrial America
Pre-industrial America
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Technology The Great Equalizer

The humbling truth to the psychology of societal social evolution, progressive social psychology rests in the fact that if the technology of Western culture disappears, all partakers revert back to the pre-industrial age where scratching out a meager existence ruled the day and normal would quickly revert to the basic human instinct to survive.
What could such a fantastic statement about the frailty of the human psychological status mean to the popular notion of Western superiority?
Better still, with the new trend to denounce Western culture as superior, though the professors of such a point in many cases marry their views to political interpretations yet through subterfuge genuinely hold the opposite view, to pacify some ethnicity or minority group, is there such a thing as a higher society or cultural group?
Understanding, a key for all research for the great minds of the past, represents a key idea in modern times as it did for all of the students of philosophy in previous ages.
Wilhelm Wundt
Wilhelm Wundt
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Specialization of the Field

Philosophy gave birth to the systematic process of proving the hypothesis to substantiate a theory, the science of psychology.
With the advent of this science, there remained major divisions, or schools of thought, surrounding the meaning of any conclusion relating to the human mind—each with foundational assumptions to support a particular point of view.
Wilhelm Wundt endeavored to apply the scientific method to produce a more scientific approach; thus, establishing a psychology laboratory in Germany in 1879, the first recorded laboratory established for that purpose.
As the field of psychology grows, focus is directed towards specific subcategories and their application to life.
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REFERENCE Materials

  • Kowalski, R. M., & Westen, D. (2005). Psychology (4th Ed.). Danvers, MA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc
  • Wundt, Wilhelm. (2007). In Encyclop√¶dia Britannica. Retrieved from Encyclop√¶dia Britannica Online:http://www.search.eb.com. ezproxy.apollolibrary.com/eb/article-9077611

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