The Psychology Category

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Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939) one of the greatest psychologists of all time

This blog has been up since 2009 and has had a psychology category since that date.  But… this is the first post in the category.  In fact, this post aims to finally establish the category for future posts.   Certain human behaviors can be noticed repeatedly as patterns and can be observed in a large percentage of people.  These patterns that seem to be general to all humans are best described as basic human nature.   By looking for and understanding this basic human nature we can better understand what a person is really thinking or trying to communicate.   Or, better yet, when we seek truth, we can understand what a person is really thinking when we think they intend to mislead us away from truth.  We can use science to arm ourselves with the best possible questions for interrogating liars, fabricators, and the subconsciously ignorant.

I have a friend that doesn’t put much stock in psychology or people who call themselves psychologists.   He has some funny and valid points he makes when he diminishes the legitimacy of a professional psychologist.   But, I disagree with him on many points as well.  I believe by understanding core human motivations for behavior, you can predict and better understand a person’s actions and can prepare yourself for statistically standard responses and situations.  You can read the posts in this category and decide for yourself.   Am I perceiving these signals correctly, or am I totally full of shit.   Go ahead, peer review it; because if it can’t stand up to peer review, it’s just horse shit anyway.

The following is an example topic of a psychology post forthcoming in this category:  if someone prefaces what they’re about to say with “Ya know, I’m not really worried about this, but did you hear that…” that person is about to tell you something they’re worried about.   This behavior of verbally disclaiming the true sentiment of what you’re about to say seems to hold true regardless of the situation or subject.   I call this behavior hypocritical disclaimer theory and find it to be standard among all people.  Hypocritical disclaiming, for example, will be the topic of a future post.  Some more examples of hypocritical disclaiming to drive home the point:

 

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Castro: The Psyche Of A Megalomaniac

Megalomania is defined as a delusional mental disorder that is marked by feelings of personal omnipotence and grandeur.  In today’s world there are too many narcissists to count, yet there are far fewer people that are truly megalomaniacs.  Of those that are megalomaniacs, there are even fewer that wind up in a circumstance whereby they can rise to absolute power and have free reign to execute their deranged vision.  In the history of the world, however, it seems like there are many examples of how megalomaniacs with the right amount of genius, character and gall can come into power and kill with impunity (i.e.Hitler, Stalin, etc…).  In this post we’ll look at the psyche of one of these megalomaniacs:  Fidel Castro.

Castro viewed himself as the destiny of Cuba and he was bent on becoming the country’s dictator.  There can be little doubt about his brilliance in executing power and his talents in positioning himself to rise to the top.  This is especially true with Castro’s  understanding of propaganda and using the media to sway public opinion .  But, what was not known during his ascent to the top was the lying, bluffing, and deceit he was committing to propel himself. The most striking example of Castro’s hypocrisy has to be his political manifesto titled La Histroria Me Absolverá (History Will Absolve Me).  You may recognize the title or it may ring a bell with you; this is because it’s a rip-off from Adolph Hitler’s Rathaus Putsch speech in 1924 when Hitler said “Pronounce us guilty a thousand times over: the goddess of the eternal court of history will smile and tear to pieces the State Prosecutor’s submissions and the court’s verdict; for she acquits us.”

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