Path of the Mind

The human mind is complex yet simple, durable yet fragile, deep yet shallow, also active and reactive. With that in mind, you may wonder how can something be both and different at the same time? Well it is my belief that the mind is present in multiple realities and dimensions, in thought and cognition, that are neither all tangible nor conscious. Furthermore, each of these realities, or dimensions, are different in capacity, durability, emotion, and cognition.

In the depths of each dimension of the mind, there are different needs and wants. The key to understanding what drives you as the person, the animal, or the conscious being, is what I think others consider to be enlightenment or self-actualization as if there is only a single plane of existence. However,  I believe otherwise. The facets of the brain are as complex as individuality.

 

Hierarchy of Needs

Hierarchy of Needs

Maslow, in his hierarchy of needs, depicts the aspects of the human in this drawing, but his belief is that they are all part of the same mind. Maslow draws no distinction between them, but if this were so, than an artist who is starving cannot think of art, which is untrue. It is often the passionate human in the person aspect, which doesn’t think of the base needs

 

ANIMAL

The reality of the animal aspect of the mind is that of instinct and self-preservation. It is the base of reaction and instinct. Without this aspect, we would be unable to cope and survive in the natural world. This is also the simplest, but most misunderstood dimension. Throughout history, man has shown the desire to cage or abandon this vital part of the human mind, but it is as much a part of the concept of you as your beliefs or your arm. Understanding this dimension will better your understanding of yourself as a human.

Capacity

The capacity of this dimension is very limited and serves to keep you alive with mechanisms; such as hunger, thirst, drive to mate, possessions, and territory.

Durability

Durability on the other hand is highly resilient in this dimension. It will take nearly any trauma or detriment, adapt, and persevere to keep itself alive.

Emotion

At this base dimension, the emotion is the most limited, often strong, and confused with emotions at higher dimensions due to its intensity. For example, there are many other emotions associated with different parts of the brain.

Cognition

Cognition, in this dimension, is basic trial and error. It behaves as a child with nothing to base events on, or objects from each other. The cognition here only serves to file patterns on how to survive and obtain a mate. Most choices and actions are made from this dimension. Often the action comes before cognition in this dimension.

PERSON

The dimension of person is the place of your needs for emotions to be returned such as love, romance, or acceptance. In addition, this is where your morals, view of society and belonging, and the influence of religion come from. This dimension of the mind is much more complex but easier to change as it is always adapting to the world around it, just as the world itself is.

Capacity

Ability to apply learned knowledge for communication such as instruction or text falls in the person dimension of the human mind. The capacity for knowledge and art are high at this level.

Durability

Here is where the mind is the weakest and can develop severe trauma and phobias. The ability to suppress a painful event or encounter can be limited.

Emotion

The emotions in this dimension stem from moral, religious, and social interactions and dictates. As a person’s identity forms in these respects, so do emotions and how they manifest in response to abstract ideals and tangible events

Cognition

Cognition in this dimension is roughly equal between the two different orders of reaction, action then cognition and cognition then action. Here the human has some level of control over their choices, but is often deadlocked or has conflicting feelings about what actions to take, or what emotion they actually feel. This is where the dreams and fantasy portion of the mind exist.

The Eightfold Path
The Eightfold Path

Buddha’s eight fold path is an example of a plan to know the person aspect of the human mind.

 

BEING

This dimension is the mediator between you the animal and you the person. Its function is to attempt to make both happy. Being is usually the easiest to ignore during times of intense emotion or great stress. The ability to understand and utilize this aspect of the human mind, in my belief, is the key to understanding yourself, and how you interact with others.

Capacity

Different from the other dimensions, the being dimension is where everything is intangible and the capacity here is nearly unlimited. It draws upon experience, common sense, and instruction style learning. For example, being taught a formula to use in math by a textbook is a form of instruction style learning, to decide what is most apt to gain a desired result.

Durability

The constraints on detrimental trauma are non-existent in this dimension. It does not have nor need mechanisms to prevent damage. It accepts what one would view as good or bad to be the same, whether events are past, present, or future.

Emotion

At this dimension, emotion and passion only interact with fact or non-fact emotional responses. From a being level, this is unfeeling and black and white.

Cognition

Being cognition is a mediator between the animal and the person. In this way it is cognition then action, or cognition of others actions to determine why. Also, this is where a decision comes from. This dimension is very calculated and often knows what can happen several actions before the animal or person is even aware of an event.

 

The Best Psychology Degree Online – An Honest Review

Online psychology degrees are the most popular social science degrees. There are 13 main branches of psychology to consider.


 

  1. Abnormal psychology – is essentially the study of what is normal and abnormal, but it also entails a search for psychological or biological causes. (Is it your upbringing, or your genes?)
  2. Behavioral psychology – or behaviorism, is more akin to a philosophy degree. Behaviorists tend to be writers who publish their experiments from an almost philosophical standpoint.
  3. Biopsychology – otherwise known as behavioral neuroscience, this is a research profession, which entails dissecting animal brains and viewing under a microscope the effects of experimentation. There is a lot of grant money available for this field of work.
  4. Cognitive psychology – the study of consciousness, some consider this a hard degree, because of the additional studying involved. However, finding a working model of consciousness that is widely accepted by psychologists would be a great historical achievement.
  5. Comparative psychology – is the study of how animals compare to humans, or other species.
  6. Cross-cultural psychology – is the study of how cultures compare in terms of common behaviors.
  7. Developmental Psychology – or child psychology, is the study of how childhood decisions affect adult behavior.
  8. Educational Psychology – the psychology of teaching, entails finding the most effective teaching methods.
  9. Experimental Psychology – is where you use humans as guinea pigs to see what makes them tick.
  10. Forensic Psychology – involves spending the majority of time exploring the minds of criminals and testifying in court as an expert witness.
  11. Health Psychology – is the study of how an unhealthy body can affect an otherwise healthy mind.
  12. Personality Psychology – a broad list of theories, this is the study of what makes people different as well as alike.
  13. Social Psychology – when people are present you act differently, this is the study of why you act differently. (Not to be confused with sociology)

Without a doubt, the above summaries are gross generalizations. I recommend picking two or more of these main branches and then follow the Wikipedia links to find out more. After researching the topics most interesting, try picturing yourself doing the work involved.Where Your Degree Can Take You

When choosing a degree, there are three main bases to consider; 1) searching for truth, 2) creating a product, or 3) providing a community service. Throughout our lives, we spend time thinking about all three of these. The trick is to find which one suits you the most.

The studies involved in (1) “search for the truth,” may be more philosophical or scientific, and involve more writing and publishing. This pursuit may be more academic and teaching related, rather than corporate job related.

If you are more of a truth seeker who is interested in psychology, then you may want to consider something a bit more broadly like – Sociology – the pursuit of understanding social processes.

(2) “Creating a product,” or manufacturing, in the field of psychology may involve a secondary degree, for example: creating electronic equipment for biofeedback therapy, or writing a program for step-by-step addiction recovery software. Even getting a business degree with a psychology degree can be valuable to a corporate human resources department.

The third basis however, (3) “providing a community service,” is where the field of psychology is wide open. Counseling services of all kinds provide valuable services to the community.

Being a licensed therapist however, may require a graduate degree. Many states require at least a master’s degree to become a licensed counselor. I suggest doing any graduate work at a campus-based university simply for the lab and fieldwork required.

Contact the Psych department at whichever university you want to study at and ask them if they accept online degrees as a prerequisite for their graduate program. In other words, the best online psychology degree will be the one your graduate school recommends.

Most Psychologists have a PhD. or a Psy.D. In addition, to a two-year internship/residency, so think about the possible ten-year commitment that it takes when pursuing the route of a therapist.

It is best to be prepared for these following requirements.

Aside from the GRE or the GRE Psychology Subject Test, some universities will require you to take a number of classes and/or have a certain GPA from such classes before admittance to their graduate program.

Beyond having good grades and test scores, you may be required to submit three letters of recommendation as well as a resume of your psychology related work. Be prepared for that as well.

Another thing to consider is the potential income. If you are looking for wealth, then attending medical school and becoming an MD psychiatrist may be a better option. For more information, I suggest researching the Bureau of Labor Statistics when considering online psychology degrees.