Although I really do like behaviorism, which is the psychological field that simply studies behaviors instead of what someone is thinking. I really do
like this area of study, but I think it is the root cause of a lot of problems in today's society!
Behaviorism and Autism
The primary tenet of behaviorism, as expressed in the writings of John B. Watson, B. F. Skinner, and others, is that psychology should concern itself
with the observable behavior of people and animals, not with unobservable events that take place in their minds. The behaviorist school of thought
maintains that behaviors as such can be described scientifically without recourse either to internal physiological events or to hypothetical
constructs such as thoughts and beliefs.
I don't think the pharmaceutical industry knows what it is doing. I think it does know what it is doing from a behaviorist standpoint, and is super
successful at it, but if I had to guess, it would probably be the influence of behaviorism (which I do like) and the idea they came up with that the
mind was something that cannot be explored, and to only look at what can be measured, that frustrates people who take medicine, confuses them, etc.
Note: This could help people who take medicine calm down if they realize this
For example, with an autistic person, the psychiatrists are interested in modifying behavior and think the autistic person is "wrong" and don't even
bother understanding that the person has access to a different realm. So then, the scientists try to modify behavior and end up keeping the autistic
person from being who they wish to be and experiencing what they wish to experience.
To the behaviorists, he or she looks rehabilitated, when in reality, they are kind of agitated and confused because they lost access to their realm of
logic and their hobbies and their autistic friends.
So the behaviorists are like "Oh, he is angry, he needs more medicines" when the autistic person is really agitated because he wanted to be autistic
and hang out with other autistic friends, or at least people that share interests with him, and do activities because it is fun and he likes it.
But the behaviorists are like "Ohnono, take these meds."
So they give him lots of sedatives. And this causes some confusion for the autistic person.
I can guarantee you this is how autism works, it's just that people who haven't experienced it don't believe it. Most people are like "That person is
different" but don't bother even wondering what the person thinks like, especially behaviorists, obviously, since this is their core tenet.
They might talk in baby talk or whatever to the person, but the person they are talking to is quite aware, just of a different reality. In which they
CAN communicate with other autistic people over similar interests, if the interests are the same. And they can communicate with the logical realm.
Note: If you are a normal person trying to communicate with an autistic person, try doing it over something logical :-) Video games, music,
routines, etc. Also, try planning things with them!
But the psychiatrists are normal people, usually, and therefore see interactions where the autistic person isn't on the same plane as them. So they
say things like eye contact isn't made.
But autistic people on the same plane with someone else DO give eye contact to each other, or at least to a normal person who takes the time to
Source: Personal Experience
Behaviorists and Religion
So where does all of the tension between atheists and religious people come from? The same place, really. Atheists are heavily influenced by
behaviorists, apparently, because instead of wondering how the mechanisms of religion and a God work (as they obviously do work) they choose to think
it doesn't exist.
So this is what I do
- I assume God doesn't exist, and then look at religion, and I think to myself, "Wow, that's strange. How is
this working?" And then I research it by immersing myself in religious culture. If God isn't real, what is the purpose of a God in a religion?
Questions like that.
That is a completely different approach than dismissing religious people as "nuts" or pretending they don't exist.
Does this non-behaviorism approach have applications? Of course it does! Behaviorism is awesome, but it simply isn't going to work with religious or
autistic people who are operating on a different level as easily.
So the behaviorists notice the religious people are acting strangely, getting violent. Do they understand why? Of course not! They don't do that! So
they try to change the behavior, using the methods they usually use on normal people, but it doesn't work!
Instead of thinking "Oh, there are more processes going on here that maybe we should look into and see how they work scientifically" the behaviorists
keep on trying the same thing!
And then when things continue to not work, you know, we can get stuff like martial law and terrorists on the other side, all that stuff.
I'm just saying, it's applicable towards helping out autistic people and religious people and also easing tensions as well as even helping atheists
and behaviorists work with people like that easier.
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