A Seven Part Series on Why People Do What They Do
Recently my three sons and I were discussing in general the actions and attitude of people within our circle of friends, acquaintances and extended family. As we discussed some of the issues and situations in more specifics, we came up with more questions than answers but the overwhelming question was simply, “What is wrong with people?”
In general the question seems to be cross generational and cross cultural but overall the intricacy of the question can be broken down as follows:
What is wrong with people seems to be a result of :
1. They don’t think things through thoroughly
2. They seem to take the easy way out
3. They tend to care more about themselves than the greater good of others
4. They tend to care more about themselves than the law
5. They tend to care more about themselves than God and their faith
6. They care more about feelings than consequences
7. They tend to believe the unbelievable but can’t believe in an all knowing and all powerful God.
In the area of psychology, we refer to this study of people and what sometimes appears to be a less than normal and lack of common sense approach to life as “Social Psychology”
Of course within secular psychology, the study of such is an attempt to scientifically understand and explain how thoughts, feelings, and behavior of people are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others within society. Simply stated, social psychology is all about understanding how each person’s behavior is influenced by their social surroundings.
The problem within mainstream secular psychology however, is that there is no real defined moral base or ethical value from which to standardize such a study of an individual’s thoughts, feelings and behavior apart from fluctuating statistics in comparison analysis of the same given criteria among ones peers or an established psychological norm at any given moment.
As such, I will attempt to examine in a seven part series utilizing both Christian and Secular Psychology, “What is wrong with people?” from a Social Psychological perspective and unlike many Psychological papers, I will attempt to answer the question.
Regardless of one’s philosophical, political, religious or psychological view, we have all been dissatisfied, disappointed or even frustrated by people either within or outside our social and family circle and we have asked the question or variation thereof, “What is wrong with people?”
Hopefully, over this seven part series on Drtruthman Counseling, you will find your answer to that age old question, “What is wrong with people?”
© 2018 Lee W. Outlaw III, PhD