The Psychology of Behavior
If there is one thing in life that we need to master, it’s how we can control our behavior; as well as understand the way others behave.
While there are plenty of strategies to use to achieve more control over our actions, not all of them are perfectly tailored to fit our circumstances. We all share the same basic neurology and our ability to do things in life therefore depend on how we control our nervous system.
Our neurological patterns, language and our behavior are all connected – our neurological system is directly related to our linguistic and behavioral patterns. Since all of them are essentially learned through experience, and encoded neurologically, we can reverse the process with the right modeling.
All external behaviors are controlled by internal processing strategies and we use the different internal strategies and patterns to learn things and make decisions. So while performing an activity, we are unconsciously utilizing an internal processing strategy to engage in the behaviour.
We are constantly in a sort of behavioral loop, where our external behavior always creates an internal response. The internal response, in turn, causes us to respond in a certain way and exhibit an external behavior. Every external behavior is triggered by our sensory experience therefore, our internal response is affected by these senses which pushes us to further behave in a specific way.
Furthermore, the internal response we have for a specific external behavior is made up of a collection of internal processes (self – talk) and meaning which we attach to certain sensory experiences according to our internal state (feelings and emotions). We experience the world through our senses and that sensory information is translated consciously or unconsciously into our thought processes.
In the long run, our thought patterns can impact on our physiology, emotions and behavior. Every person experiences the world subjectively, which leads us to form opinionated models of our reality. These experiences are constituted in terms of our five senses (vision, audition, tactition, olfaction and gustation) and the structure of language we use to think and talk about our experiences.
Because language has a role in the way we capture and conceptualize the world around us, the words we use can influence our experience positively or negatively. There is always a certain sequence of both experiences, which lead to a specific result. If we can change the order and sequence, we are likely going to get a different result.
We all experience things unconsciously, although these unconscious representations can affect our conscious behavior. Therefore our behavior as humans is controlled by our sensory representations, and by manipulating these subjective experiences, we can alter a behavior. And through imitative learning, we can codify and reproduce any desired behavior.
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