The field of psychology attempts to elucidate the motivation of human behavior and feelings. There are numerous theories with contrasting beliefs in correlation to human motivation and nature. None are completely correct nor wrong; they all compliment one another in one aspect or another. The behavioral perspective translates to the most truth in my opinion. It places an emphasis on how humans are largely motivated by their prior experiences and the environment in which they were nurtured in.
Behavior perspective is rooted in a “scientific” approach to psychology and only takes into account a person’s visually apparent behavior. It does not take in emotion, inner dialogue, or anything that is not tangibly observed. A behavioral psychologist beliefs are typically framed by the belief of a human’s life as a living experiment with each event serving as a dependent variable that continuously shapes an individuals behavior and ultimately shapes an individual into their present self. This perspective seems to bring forth the largest quantity of truth because the results are definite; behavior is completely observable and therefore the most factual and scientific.
Humans are creatures of habit, and behavioralism showcases such. Science is ingrained within behaviorism, and I am a science-minded individual because the goal of science to understand the world we live in. One perspective that I believe is the least incongruent with human behavior is the humanistic approach.
This scientific approach refutes the deterministic belief of behaviorism and essentially establishes humans as creatures of free will. Humanism provides an optimistic perspective that indirectly declares that people are “naturally good” and are self-motivated through a desire for personal growth and fulfillment. This is where my personal belief doesn’t align with this perspective. I do not believe that humans are naturally kind, innovative people. I believe that a healthy environment is essential to creating a morally propitiate individual.
I believe that humans do not naturally aim for the higher ground, but rather, are taught through the environment. Humanism also is grounded in the subjectivity of conscious experiments. The central reason as to why humanism is my least favorite perspective is because the information is completely subjective because it lacks tangibility.