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What Is Psychology

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What Is Psychology

Post by Agrimony on Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:04 am

Psychology is an academic and applied discipline that involves the scientific study of mental functions and behaviors. Psychology has the immediate goal of understanding individuals and groups by both establishing general principles and researching specific cases and by many accounts it ultimately aims to benefit society. In this field, a professional practitioner or researcher is called a psychologist and can be classified as a social, behavioral, or cognitive scientist. Psychologists attempt to understand the role of mental functions in individual and social behavior, while also exploring the physiological and neuro-biological processes that underlie certain cognitive functions and behaviors.

From the 1890s until his death in 1939, the Austrian physician Sigmund Freud developed psychoanalysis, which comprised a method of investigating the mind and interpreting experience; a systematized set of theories about human behavior; and a form of psychotherapy to treat psychological or emotional distress, especially unconscious conflict. Freud's psychoanalytic theory was largely based on interpretive methods, introspection and clinical observations. It became very well known, largely because it tackled subjects such as sexuality, repression, and the unconscious mind as general aspects of psychological development. These were largely considered taboo subjects at the time, and Freud provided a catalyst for them to be openly discussed in polite society. Clinically, Freud helped to pioneer the method of free association and a therapeutic interest in dream interpretation...

C. G. Jung and the Alchemical Renewal
The lovely little town of Knittlingen, near the Black Forrest in West Germany, is noted far-and-wide as the original residence of the famed Dr. Johannes Faustus. A plaque in the small but exquisite museum devoted to the facts and legends concerning Dr. Faust tells us that, although alchemy has often been considered a pseudo-science based on the pretense that gold could be made from other metals, it is now known that, in reality, it was a spiritual art having as its aim the psychological transformation of the alchemist himself. This public statement, viewed daily by large numbers of visitors, demonstrates most impressively the rehabilitated image alchemy has acquired in recent decades. This positive change is due in large measure to the work of one remarkable man: Carl Gustav Jung. Further read

Esoteric Psychology
The title of this essay indicates that it is not about a psychology in the Western sense. That kind of psychology walks the path of induction using experiment and analysis. Just as all the other Western disciplines, it can of course ascertain a lot of interesting and important facts. It can also discover much using the introspective method. Its most serious limitation, however, is its stubborn adherence to physicalist views and its refusal to consider the superphysical factors.
Esoteric psychology is first and foremost the study of the consciousness aspect of existence, the study of individual and collective consciousness, the various kinds of envelope consciousness, the different kinds of molecular consciousness in the envelopes.
The current scientific psychology does not even suspect those realities. It is even worse; it refuses to concern itself with them. Then its results are as might be expected
2Esoteric psychology should be able to explain the difference between memorized knowledge and knowledge resulting from the perception of ideas. That would bring about a complete revolution in education as well. Further read


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