“Life is not to be wept over nor to be laughed at, but to be understood.”
Last night, I was a reporter for our class in Educational Psychology. My preparation was kinda short because I was only given less than a week to report on the nature and scope of educational psychology which include the school of thoughts. I actually volunteered to be the first reporter thinking it would be a zilch since I’m so used to reporting and standing in front of people. I was wrong though because I had to study very hard to understand the facets of the different schools of thoughts.
Studying the different schools of thought is very much like understanding life. It is both hard to comprehend and at times, unfathomable. I so admire the psychologists who tried so hard and devoted their life in understanding the behavior and people which are all imperative and handy especially for us teachers or teachers-to-be. Though these psychologists fought and criticized each others works, their theories and principles are interrelated with one another and brought about the development or perfection of modern-day techniques in understanding human behavior.
As for me, my take is ‘not one approach is suitable or sufficient. You need a lot of different approaches to understand the complex richness of human behavior.’
Understanding the complexity and richness of human behavior requires one thorough understanding of its nature. We usually commit mistakes by judging instantly or forming conclusions immediately without giving much thought on the why’s and how’s of every behavior or situation. I am actually guilty of this sin.
In my next posts, I would be writing about exercises on how to gauge your “mastery” or level of understanding of people and I may try to discuss also the different schools of thought that fascinated me. Do read my next articles on this topic.
Life is like a good book, the further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.
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