Friday, 30 November 2007

Emergent Human Psychology

There exist a number of different schools of thought, or perspectives, that have traditionally been used to understand human behaviour, psychodynamic, behaviourist, humanistic, cognitive, and evolutionary perspectives. It first must be noted that each of these approaches is a model. As a consequence, each particular school thought may be represented as correlating or diverting from individual incidents or group of results based on its particular assumptions.

Into this mix of models or schools of thought should be added emergence and emergent behaviour and consequently emergent psychology. In this we would have to address socialisation across groups of autonomous systems with the individual treated both as an isolated point function in the social group and also as a complex interaction of dynamic forces. Emergent psychology may then be represented through neurobiological interactions at the individual level through to divergent patterns of group behaviour as expressed within the bounds or complexity theory.

In human psychology, the individual in this school of thought derives from a self organised criticality when we exceed a level of physical and biological system complexity. Rather than isolating humanity as a creationistic anomaly or outlier, this school of thought would look at humanity through its progressive trend of increasing complexity. In this, complexity has increased in both a biological and sociological context.

Biologically humanity has increased in an anthropological progression over millions of years through a progress of evolution and genetic change. Sociologically humanity has progressed through a series of un-contained experiments. In this, a gradual increase in complexity has derived from social evolution which in a sense could be stated to match or coincide with a notion of evolutionary theory in that social groups which are “fitter” for their surrounding conditions (including the interaction with other groups) survive and out compete their less successful counterparts.

The psychology of mind in the theory of emergent psychology starts to emerge from the composition of the brain as a move from the neuron level to the ganglion level is conducted. Similarly social behaviours can be seen to emerge in group interactions as individuals are added.

Emergence may be seen as the end result of a complex interaction of evolutionary behaviours, social dynamics and logical persuasion.

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