Hi, I am somebody, who is going to talk about
the fascinating world of analytical psychology. So I am not going to into what analytical
psychology is, as you can probably already understand from the words themselves. That … yeah … analytical … psychology
… so analysis of psychology. Now, this is … I find it more interesting
than the subject itself is … umm … the reactions of people, when you talk about analytical
psychology. So one group is instantly like … mortified! My individuality … you are putting me in
a box … no way you can predict my behaviour …. or like you know, have any inkling of
understanding the authentic person I am. If you are familiar with analytical psychology,
you know which types these are. But then there is another group, that are
like interested … mildly interested … but then they find it too vague, because well
it’s still a new branch. So it is not like as solidified like the hard
sciences, like chemistry and physics, which have had like years and years … millions
… sorry hundreds of years of work. And then there is obviously this social stigma
attached to the whole concept, because socially we are really focusing on individuality. But that’s also because as a society, as the
world as a whole, we have come to the position where we can express our individual … ness
… whilst remaining a part of a functioning society. So they usually let it go. Which is … quite good … for people like
us, who actually bother to dive in deeper. Deeper, because umm … while behaviour cannot
be predicted – it cannot be. Well not certainly not at the point analytical
psychology is as a branch or field right now. But “behaviour patterns”, which are different
from behaviours – individual instances of behaviour. Behaviour patterns can not only be observed,
but yes, also predicted. Okay … don’t kill me yet. So let me make umm … some independent cases
for why human behaviour can be predicted and how it can be predicted. So I am not going to give any scientific or
research examples from analytical psychology. This is going to be completely other sciences
or humanities and arts. So first of, I would like to start with the
fact that, human cultures, like really really ancient cultures like the Greeks and the Indians,
the Indian civilization of the subcontinent, have recognised that people are generally
… they have like four temperaments. So we have the Platonic temperaments of the
Guardians, Artisans, Thinkers and Philosophers, I think – that ancient Greece used. They thought it was it. They thought that people could be segregated
depending on behaviour, and you know, certain people are good at certain things. Then obviously you have the concept of varnas
or castes – as you might be more familiar with So while there is a misconception that people
are “born into” castes, the original … umm … the Gita talks about castes as varnas,
which people become because of their own inherent nature And again, there are four varnas (Brahmins,
Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and Shudras). Wait, there is something else as well. Obviously, Hogwarts four houses (Gryffindor,
Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff) – for someone who doesn’t care about all these things. Ooops! I shouldn’t have said that. So that. What I am trying to say is that, specially
this quadruple, this idea of dividing the human societies into fours, whether they are
based on … umm … skills or values … regardless of what they are based on, this “system of
fours” is really prevalent. You can see it independently, across cultures
and across history. Second point that I want to talk about, is
some other sciences that point towards existing behaviour patterns. For instance umm, lets talk about neuroscience. Neuroscience establishes the structure of
the neural network. So if you are not very familiar with it or
you didn’t have like biology, it’s fine. A neuron is a brain cell, and each brain cell
could be fed by several other brain cells. So there is a brain cell here … and it could
be fed by several others … and itself could feed several others. So it’s more like a tree diagram, and each
decision or each behaviour, follows a specific neural pathway Now umm … Another thing to note about this
is neural pathway is that one, information cannot flow backwards. So if you go along a direction, you
are going in that way. So you can go from A to B to C, but you can’t
go from C to B or B to A. And the 2nd thing is, that even though you have a lot of possibilities, people … develop preferences either due to their own way of dealing with things or because of external
circumstances. People tend to do or select one neural pathway
over the other, and the more you use a neural pathway, the more “reinforced” it gets. Now, like a physical “non-meta” example of
this would be your muscle memory – that you use when you are swimming, driving a car,
dancing, and singing even, because you know your vocal cords have muscle memory of the
pitches and tones. So there is that. And it also … manifests psychologically,
in terms of how you are most likely to process information and react. But again, I am not saying you can predict
“behaviours”, but people have certain “behaviour patterns” or “tendencies”. Yeah. Now moving away from neuroscience to lets
say, psychiatry. So this is like the field that has the MBBS/MD
degrees, so these are like the doctors, I am not talking about psychologists. Psychiatry, the branch of medicine, it establishes
that human beings undergo the most brain development in their early years. So in the first one year is the most brain
development. And then there is like 5 or 13 years, depending on what sort of development you are talking about. But it is pretty clear that brain development
is the most significant in your early years, like infancy and early childhood. And that people carry forward these “preferences” and build up on them across their lives. For instance, you might have heard of attachment
styles. You might have seen a friend of yours, or
many people, going for the same sort of person again and again and again, even if it might
be toxic. So that’s because of … well their attachment
style – which they actually picked up in infancy from their primary caregiver (which is usually
the mother). So your attachment style to your primary caregiver,
like your mother or your father, and how you interpreted it or how you affected it, determines how you will be actually looking out for romantic relationships or relationships in general,
when you are an adult. It’s not like people cannot break away from
it, I am saying that there is a tendency. Wait, have I missed something … wait give me a second … umm … oh right! So you know that we developing certain “coping mechanisms” as well And yeah, that also comes from childhood. So childhood traumas can manifest themselves
differently in, adulthood or teenage-hood. Lack of a father figure, lack of a mother
figure, lack of mentorship – all of these things – whatever you face in childhood, specially
in early childhood and the younger you are – is actually like carried forward in your life. That is not say that you are inherently limited
by your childhood experiences, and you can never become a full, rounded, well-developed
person. That’s not what it says. In fact, it says quite the opposite. That if you understand yourself better – like
only by recognising your strengths and weaknesses can we like – work on it. If we don’t even admit that we have some problems,
or that we have some strengths, I don’t see … err … how we are going to make use of
any of them. At least not consciously. So that was it. This was an attempt at hopefully making a
case for “the predictability of human behaviour patterns”. Because, behaviour depends on a lot of things. It depends on your inherent NATURE (your archetypes
or psychology), and it depends on NURTURE as well – not to mention it also depends on your external circumstances like the culture you are in or gender expectations, and so
forth. But I personally feel that there is some “method
to the madness”. And yeah, that’s analytical psychology. I did not mention the works of obviously any analytical
psychologists like Carl Jung – or the MBTI or Socionics, or any of those systems. Because I don’t want to make a case for analytical
psychology by using the works of analytical psychology. But I am trying to give you an inkling that
maybe it’s not all hocus-pocus, and it is certainly not an attack on individuality. Like, we are not saying we can predict human
behaviour here. It’s more like recognising our preferences,
and understanding our strengths and weaknesses, so that we may address them better. I can personally say that … okay I am rambling. It has personally helped me a lot because
… umm … I used to go around thinking that how could people even come up with that thought,
I mean like what were they thinking, I mean it is so obvious to me, why isn’t it obvious
to them? and OBVIOUSLY, obviously there are things that are completely obvious to people that I am just like completely clueless about. But what this has helped me understand is
that, people are wired differently. So everyone is not going to think the way
you think or behave the way you want them to – even the logical processes or the emotional
processes that you are doing – it’s very likely that the other person is doing it in a completely
different way. It doesn’t mean that there are being stupid
or cold or whatever, on purpose – it just means that they are processing the information
differently. But understanding that, you could obviously
“smoothen” your relationships. I am not talking about manipulation, but I
am just talking about … you know … getting more … getting more out of yourself, as
well as the people around you. I mean, for instance, my mother is an ESFJ …. oh no … okay not for today … today is just the case for analytical psychology
by using examples that are NOT part of analytical psychology. I’ll talk about how it helped my personal
relations … relationships, in some other video, I guess. Bye. *wave*

4 thoughts on “Making a Case for Analytical Psychology”

  1. 5:58 'people develop preferences' is this like also applicable if it is fed to them? where they're taught to adopt something unconsciously? like pedophiles grooming their victims or fascists selling their propaganda to the mass?

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