Saturday, 10 May 2014

notes on Revolutionary Psychology

motivational psychology could be put to revolutionary purposes

 Martin Seligman

"Learned helplessness is a mental state in which an organism forced to endure aversive stimuli, or stimuli that are painful or otherwise unpleasant, becomes unable or unwilling to avoid subsequent encounters with those stimuli, even if they are escapable, presumably because it has learned that it cannot control the situation"---seems political   political apathy

"In social psychology, the fundamental attribution error, also known as the correspondence bias or attribution effect, is people's tendency to place an undue emphasis on internal characteristics to explain someone else's behavior in a given situation, rather than considering external factors"

what I call Liberalism

"Ross argued in a popular paper that the fundamental attribution error forms the conceptual bedrock for the field of social psychology. "

  Locus_of_control ties to agency vs structure debtes in sociology

on agency vs. structure -  we do not have unlimited free choice as Sartre seems to think yet we're not robots in a deterministic fashion  total acceptance of either since is incorrect  we make  choices strongly influenced by structures

Internals tend to attribute outcomes of events to their own control
Externals attribute outcomes of events to external circumstances.

we need positive empowered  internal but negative or critical  external

Liberalism ignores external too much and puts ble on internal  but both re related


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