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[Approved] Psychology

Postby Faith » Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:14 am

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In order to understand others, one must first understand oneself. Or so a wise person once said. Whether that assessment is correct or not, psychology is the art, or science, of understanding behaviour, internal motives and drives both conscious and unconscious. Mind and behaviour are the remit of the student of psychology, equally concerned with internal and external processes amongst individuals. Psychology has a myriad of uses in the world of Idalos, depending on the user; it can be helpful in solving crimes, in negotiation and bargaining, in understanding the delicate balance between emotions, health and well being and a wide range more. From the business owner who knows that a smile is worth a thousand words and who builds up individual relationships with their clients to the physician who understands that their patients will not heal as quickly if they are worried or upset, psychology is used by many. It can also be used, of course, to manipulate the weak-willed and to make others believe that they are acting voluntarily whilst they are actually being manipulated. The member of the guard interrogating a prisoner, or the torturer applying physical torture are made more efficient in their role by the use of psychology.

Of course, one aspect of psychology which has sparked debate in universities and the publication of many books throughout Idalos is the different psychology demonstrated in each race. This has led to a branch of study known as ‘comparative’ psychology, whereby scholars seek to find out what, if any, fundamental similarities there are between races whilst also studying the differences. This leads to many discussions regarding such things as whether there is a ‘shared’ series of traits or mannerisms, whether each race has their own unique psychological traits because of biology or because of culture and many other such discussions. Fundamentally, the practice of psychology is the art of knowing people; the use that the psychologist puts this to is as individual as the person themselves. It is likely to be with knowledge and increasing experiences of different races that the psychologist develops their toolkit for understanding the diverse races of Idalos.

Topics which psychologists study are, to put it at its most simple, anything where people are involved. From the differences in behaviour when people are in groups to how two individuals show attraction to each other, any situation where there are people is the remit of the psychologist. Some examples of the kind of techniques that psychologists might use include (but are not limited to)

Behaviour Modification: either subtly or through more extreme means, psychology allows an individual to change the behaviour of another. Through such ideas as conditioning (or learning a response), the psychologist can shape the behaviour of their subject. Phobias can be created or cured, habits can be acquired or stopped. By pairing up something which produces a fear response, for example, with something which doesn’t, a subject can be taught to be afraid of almost anything.

Non-verbal Communication Interpretation: People who lie might tend to put their hands over their mouth, as though unconsciously catching the falsehood, or might look to the left and up. Psychologists learn about the different tendencies each race has for ‘common’ non-verbal cues and are able to interpret behaviour from their knowledge of these cues.

Therapy: An understanding of psychology allows the therapist to help their client to heal. This might be an emotional scarring, a long term or short term issue. It might also involve couples seeking out support in their relationship, or for help with parenting. After a war, it is increasingly known that soldiers come back very changed by their experiences and a well-trained psychologist might well be the difference between that soldier being able to function in society again, or not.

Investigation / Offender Profiles: If a crime is committed, a psychologist might be able to aid the authorities in their investigation. Clues which might not be obvious at first glance allow the psychologist to build up a profile of who is likely to have committed this offence; are they an organised or disorganised criminal? What is the purpose of the crime to the criminal? Are they likely to offend again. Furthermore, once there is a suspect in custody, the psychologist will be able to observe interrogations and help determine guilt.

Unskilled: 0-5
This person has a basic knowledge of psychology, is beginning to understand the complexity of conscious and unconscious motives for behaviour , perhaps even begun to pay attention to others and how they behave. They may try their hand at interpreting or manipulating behaviour, but they are as likely to misunderstand or to provoke entirely a different response. They cannot tell truth from lie easily and racial differences are completely lost to them.

Novice: 6-25
This person has begun research into the complex nature of people. They have a basic knowledge of one or two aspects of psychology, but they are not yet seeing the links between theory and behaviour. They are more likely to be able to interpret the non-verbal communication and gestures of others to ascertain that someone is not telling the truth, for example, but this is still something which is a bit hit-and-miss. The Novice psychologist might be starting to develop a specialism in their field, allowing them to focus their studies.

Competent: 26-49
Psychology has become part of the way in which this individual views the world, and their knowledge of the conscious and unconscious motives and behaviours of others has expanded enormously. They are now able to identify non-verbal communication deftly, spotting patterns and links between behaviour and theory. They are growing increasingly aware of racial differences, however any attempts made into further understanding this complexity has led to confusion. These psychologists are able to clearly interpret most basic behaviours and will have a roughly fifty-fifty chance of interpreting behaviour outside of the norm or very unusual.

Expert: 50-75
As a psychologist, this individual is begin to develop some renown in their field (if they are an academic). They are usually able to interpret behaviour in becoming a precision tool, allowing them to not only identify that someone is lying, for example, but to link that with other behaviours and to begin to interpret not just the behaviour but also the rationale behind it. Their understanding of psychology is such that they are able to influence others to act in ways that they would not normally behave. Whilst they have become experts in their field of psychology, other areas continue to elude them.

Master: 76-99
This character understands people in a way that most will never achieve. They are able to interpret behaviour without pause and can read the deepest internal and unconscious motives and darkest secrets with apparent ease. They are able to influence others almost carelessly and they can apply their vast knowledge to most areas of psychology. Even racial differences are but an area of interest to this individual, because they seem to be able to see to the very core of a person.

Legendary: 100
This character could give therapy to the Immortals, and they would leave that therapy having a better understanding of themselves. They understand people and their ways of being completely, are able to identify unconscious and conscious motivation and emotion without pause and they are able to use their skills to both positive and negative effect with almost complete accuracy. The complexities of the different races, including Immortals, is an area of interest to them, but no more is it a mystery.

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Postby Kal » Sat Jul 16, 2016 5:17 pm

There is a lot of extremely interesting points in this. I like the comparative Psychology portion as it opens up a vast amount of possibilities for not only people who want to be able to read others but for various races specializing in the behavioral study of various races. Example, a Human could specialize in the behavioral study of Mer, etc. I think that is just a very enticing facet. Can this skill be learned by observation and experience or do you need to learn from a university of some kind?
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Postby Faith » Sat Jul 16, 2016 6:20 pm

I'd say it can be learnt by observation - empirical evidence, spotting patterns etc. Would be my thought.
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Postby Jedith » Mon Jul 18, 2016 9:06 pm

The only thing that might be a good thing to add would be areas of emphasis when a character reaches novice. Instead of one taking one at the start necessarily, like with weapons, but when they reach the 06-25 region, to state a form of psychology they will begin to concentrate on. Other types/domains/ regions of psychology, could be treated as separate knowledges, just as separate weapons that are associated with the weapon of emphasis are treated. My reasoning here, is the more than one concentrates on one specific area, perhaps in comparative psychology between humans and Mur, the more time and energy they spend in that specific subfield of knowledge, the less likely they will be to spend energy on another aspect of psychology. This also sets up the possibility of the specialist psychologist and the more rounded psychologist.

This is of course merely a suggestion and maybe discarded if it makes the skill unnecessarily complex. It is, in my opinion a good writ up.
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Postby Faith » Tue Jul 19, 2016 4:38 pm

Yes, I very much take your point there. I suppose I was considering it as the requirement for a good basic grounding in theory before you can apply it - so even if you are going to specialise in comparative psych, for example, you need to know perspectives, etc. But that's very much my bias in terms of it's how I learnt it. Interesting point, certainly. I'll be happy to change it.

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Postby Eddrick Brodon » Thu Aug 04, 2016 2:53 pm

That is a good point, Jedith.

But I do think adding subfield specializations is more complex than we need. With the skill leveling system becoming somewhat dependent on amassing knowledges, such divisions of learning would be ideal for this purpose.

Also, while we do have a couple of skills where breakdowns of specialties are part of the description, For the most part, I think they are ones where the differences involve more radical degrees of separation, and are more necessary.

The only thing I might add would be references to the growing ability to treat "insanity" or "emotionally disturbed" patients. The current hinted-at wordings still seem to me to be covering mostly "normal" parameters of emotional upheaval. But this is just my interpretation of it.

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Postby Faith » Sat Aug 06, 2016 5:15 pm

Honestly, I've kind of avoided that - because that's psychiatry, and a very very specific branch of psychology. So, I see it as being more of a specialism that grows through knowledge rather than something that is common amongst psychologists.

Make sense?
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Postby Maltruism » Sat Aug 06, 2016 10:57 pm

Ahh, I was not aware of that.
I had figured it was just the same approaches, but applied to a greater degree of imbalance.
And thus, not a separate specialization.
But I have no problem deferring to this.
Even though I have had to deal with one very disturbed RL person, it makes me neither a psychologist nor psychiatrist.
I'm sure many of us have had others' inexplicable convictions derail the smooth operation of our lives at times.
So I see nothing else that needs to be added.
But if anyone out there with some kind of psyche training does, please feel free to speak up.

EDIT: But be quick about it...lol...I consider this finished. :D
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