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The Human Person from the Perspective
of Psychology & the Social Sciences


The Connected Baby (2011) • YouTube • 3'56"
[The
          Connected Baby DVD]    Graphic: I,
          Ecosystem cover of SN        [high school dating networks]     
Primary Human Language Families



  • How are you connected now?
  • How have you been connected in the past?
  • What do you expect will be your connections in the future?



Human Persons
The fundamental way that I approach the notion of humanity posits that human persons are born into, develop, and live within a complex cosmos or world. This world comes before human beings are born (we are “thrown into” the world.)  This cosmos consists of multiple, permeable, and interacting domains or ecologies which can be termed material, biological, social, cultural, storied, and transcendent. There is an isomorphism or parallel between these domains and human functioning. Hence, human persons can be characterized as material beings, bio-psychological organisms, social actors, symbol-using agents, story-making authors, and witnesses to the transcendent. These realities converge such that human persons ordinarily experience themselves as conscious or self-reflective-centers of consciousness.

  • The world and human beings as active and interactive
  • Embeddedness within dynamic ecological systems (ecology is more than just the biological)
    • Change, movement, unstable
  • The biological for humans is really biopsychological, that is, as living organisms we cope with the world around us by using all of the psychological abilities that we were born with and develop across our lives. Thinking is, at root, the sum of all the activities we undertake to survive and thrive.
  • The notion of the "individual" as divorced from or somehow independent of the world's ecologies is a Western myth that increasingly we know is false
Dynamic Self


Characteristics of the Human Person related to Major Subfields of Psychology

 
Biopsychological Biopsychology
Neuropsychology
Sensory & perceptual psychology
Developmental psychology
Learning
Social Actor
Social psychology
Life-span psychology
Symbol-using Agent
Cognitive psychology
Cultural & cross-cultural psychology
Psychology of Language
Psychology of Linguistics
Story-making Author
Personality psychology
Narrative psychology
Cultural & cross-cultural psychology
Witness to the Transcendent
Psychology of Art, Creativity, & Aesthetics
Psychology of Religion and Spirituality
Positive psychology
Self-reflective Center of Consciousness
Personality psychology
Cognitive psychology
Biopsychology
Phenomenlogical psychology
Positive psychology


 





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