Every Rose Has Its Perspective
The difficulty in life is not understanding what you know about how things work or how they seem, but understanding them from another person perspective. The mindset of “grass is always greener on the other side”, or “better to love and lost, than to never have love at all”, or even “every rose has its thorns"… Each one of these examples is an attempt for you to look outside your own perspective to appreciate someone else’s. This week we look at perspective from both the scientific state and provide ways of helping one to observe a situation from more vantage points than just their own. There is EIGHT different psychological perspective psychologists assess people may have and majority of them overlay on top of one another to further create a complex environment for people to understand and grow from one another.
1. Biological Perspective
- Based off of an individual’s biological processes. The three main categories assessed: genetics, hormones, and neurotransmitters.
2. Behavioral Perspective
- Heavily based on observable behaviors and actions; unlike some of the other perspectives, the behavioral perspective does not pay attention to cognitive processes because they are not observable.
3. Cognitive Perspective
-Looks at an individual’s behavior as a result of the way the individual interprets, perceives, and remembers the events and occurrences around them.
4. Humanistic Perspective
- Looks at human behavior as a whole, and that we are in control and chose the majority of our behaviors.
5. Psychodynamic Perspective
- relies heavily on how the past has affected an individual’s psychological states. Psychologists who use this perspective believe that our unconscious mind is what controls the majority of our cognition and behavior.
6. Sociocultural Perspective
- Looks at how individuals interact with their social and cultural groups, as well as how these groups influence an individual’s behavior.
7. Evolutionary Perspective
- Individual’s thoughts and behaviors are based on what would give them the best chance of survival; subsequently, the behaviors that give the best chance of survival are passed on to further generations.
8. Biopsychosocial Perspective
- Integrated approach that uses the biological, psychological, and socio-cultural perspective in order to determine causes of behavior and cognitive processes.Why Does this matter?
When we look at how we interact with each other on a regular basis, in some instances we come across people who we feel are “off”, different, come from a different background, react weirdly or even have a mindset we believe it too alpha or self-centered for success. By listing the types of scientifically observed perspectives above what you get is a better way of understanding yourself, others and appreciating the difference between each other. Good Ideas never came from everyone thinking the same way, but did come from everyone having the same need or requirement. Below I’ve listed a few ways we can take a second look at different perspectives and how it may help us evolve into a better self.
1. Take A Different Route
- Whether this be changing your style on transportation to work, where you normally hang out at or even places you like to eat, changing your route or even place may create a very different appreciation for the perspective you currently have. It may even show you a world you noticed was in walking distance of you.
2. Live In The Moment
- Say yes to what you normally find reasons to say no too. So, whether it maybe taking up that woodshop class, learning how to read code, looking up 2hr flights to surrounding tourists destinations and then going- find a reason to do more than your mundane shrug of your shoulders “living the dream” your currently in.
3. Stop Complaining
- If your too busy only arguing why this sucks for you, you may very well miss the point of the task to begin with. Try for a week just going with the flow to see if the things others task you with or challenge you actually harm you OR benefit you.
4. Actively Search For Happiness
- What is it that gets your heart leaping with joy? What puts a smile on your face? How are you making both of those things a reality on a daily basis? You cannot expect people to provide you happiness. It has to come from within and it starts with what brings you joy. This week actively seek out things that make you laugh more and smile longer.
So the next time your standing there arguing with another person about whether the number you see on the ground is a 6 or a 9 it is important to remember there may be more than one right perspective, but if you do not afford yourself the opportunity to see the difference you may find yourself thinking of others views less and only your version of right more. I’ll leave you with this, “Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.” ― Oprah WinfreySources