Concept of Humanity
The theories proposed by various psychologists are seen in the light of their concept of humanity. If I were to propose a theory, it would be characterized by my concept of humanity as one with free choice, optimism, driven by expectations of the future (Teleology), conscious thought, social relationships & environment and the uniqueness of each human being.
1. Determinism vs. Free Choice
My view on the nature of human nature would fall on free choice. There are indeed forces beyond our control but we how we behave, react or respond to these forces are purely out of our own choice. We have total control over ourselves to choose to do what we think is the right action at any given situation. This is why we were given the faculty of reasoning and free will that we may not feel as if we are mere victims of fate but are actually proactive beings capable of choosing what they think is right for them.
2. Pessimism vs. Optimism
People can “change and grow into psychologically healthy, happy, fully functional human beings (Feist, 2006).” This comes with the fact that I believe in free choice. We are not mere victims of fate. We are human beings who are capable of changing to be able to adapt to any given situation which then gives way for us to become psychologically healthy and fully functional at any given situation or environment. Again, we are beings who take action.
3. Causality vs. Teleology
Our past experiences do hold a lot of lessons but I think that people behave the way they do because of what their present actions’ consequences may bring in the future. They get something from the past, yes. But their behaviors are mainly driven by “certain expectations” of what may happen in the future. 4. Conscious vs. Unconscious
People are generally driven by their conscious thoughts. We are fully aware of what we are doing and why we are doing it. I believe that this is a characteristic of a human being; we are...
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