I was sitting in psychology class today and we learned about 'TOTAL BEHAVIOR.'
Basically my teacher said that TOTAL BEHAVIOR is governed by 4 variables:
- actions - direct
- thoughts - direct
- physiology/biology - indirect
- emotion - indirect
And you are probably wondering why I have "direct" and "indirect" tagged along the 4 variables.
Basically, I was taught that you have direct control of your actions and thoughts. A deterministic point of view would strongly disagree with this. But as I was saying, you have direct control of your actions and thoughts. You control what you think and how you act. Through your actions and thoughts, you can control your physiology/biology and your emotions.
With that said, you wouldn't need medicine would you? Think about it. It makes sense. Certain events or situations don't make you feel a certain way. You have a reaction to those events. You perceive those events in a certain way. Some of you might perceive them very pessimistically. Some of you might perceive them very optimistically. Depending on how you perceive those events, you feel a certain way (a.k.a. emotion).
So let me give you an example. Someone shouts at you and calls you a bad name. You can either perceive that as:
(A) You must pay for shouting at me.
(B) I wonder why he is shouting at me.
Option (A) might lead to you hitting him.
Option (B) might lead you to asking, "What's wrong"
Yes. This implies you have a choice for your behavior and how you feel. This implies that you only let yourself feel that way. Nothing else can MAKE you feel a certain way.
Now I think this is from the humanistic perspective of psychology. But you can choose another perspective.
But I just thought this was cool. I was depressed before and everyone was telling me that I had to take medicine, and then I read about some Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), which was recommended by another member on this board, and I really haven't felt depressed since. I feel a lot more stable. If I am not mistaken, I believe REBT is based off the principles of TOTAL BEHAVIOR.
What do you guys think?