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: