It's interesting to study different courses that are meaning to understand life. There are a lot of little links between Philosophy and Psychology that are quite interesting. It's just a little frustrating at times to sit through a Psychology class that claims so heavily that because this and that is observed, tested and conclusive that it must be reality. I think there is more to us than we can ever explain or test. I guess with that attitude it may be hard to do anything related to research, but at the same time it opens up so many doors.
Today in class our teacher was talking about Behaviorists and Psycho-analysts. He brought up an example where there are two boys, one Billy and one Johnny. Every day Billy hits Johnny in the face. The school wants to stop this behavior and calls in these two people, the behaviorist and the psycho-analyst. The Psycho-analyst talks about how Billy must have a hard time at home and doesn't have any other way to get out his aggression. The behaviorist simply observes the actions and offers a punishment (or reward) system of taking $20 out of Billy's bank account every time he hits Johnny OR giving Billy $20 dollars every time he doesn't hit Johnny. The conclusion was ended in a rather humorous way that the behaviorist was much more efficient in this example than the psycho-analyst because he was able to stop the boy doing the behavior that they wanted him to stop.
Here's my issue with this: Will taking $20 out of Billy's account whenever he hits Johnny prevent him from hitting Sarah? Or Michael? Will it prevent him from developing severe trauma from continuing to either outwardly express his internal issues that need dealing with and compassion, or hide his issues under camouflage. Will it help him contribute to other people's lives? Will it have ANY impact past Billy just not hitting Johnny? WILL IT LAST?
The Psycho-analyst expresses what he thinks is going on for Billy. I like this but it doesn't offer a solution.
The Behaviorist offers a solution to the problem, but only to THIS specific problem. I can almost guarantee that this is not the only issue Billy or people around Billy will be having. It's temporary.
In my opinion, what was needed was a combination of the two. A combination that echoes the whole point of the triangle method I am working with. Billy IS hurting as the Psycho-analyst said, but he doesn't need drugs or a punishment/reward system. Billy needs to be heard, Billy needs discharge (release of his pent up hurt/emotions) Billy needs empathy and compassion. Billy needs to know his basic goodness, so that it will be easier to live in a bitter-sweet world. Getting to know Billy and truly help Billy inside out would be the only true route to REALLY solving this issue.. Not just covering it over with tape... But stitching it inside out.