Sunday, August 31, 2008

Mind and the Soul Conflict


The wonder of the human mind led me to the research on Psychology. I started with the term ”psycho” itself. I always knew psychology as the ”study of the mind” until I found this interesting twist. I was quite surprised to read what the term “ psychology” actually means. “Psycho” means “soul” in Latin and not the mind. So in a way, it was the study of the soul initially, and over the years the meaning got altered. The term psychology changed to the study of the mind from soul. The aim of this study was to find reasons behind human beings acting in a certain way. Initially when the existence of the ”mind” wasn’t known to people, they purely thought that the soul is responsible for the personality of a human. Over the years, soul was associated with only the spiritual world, whereas the mind looked like more biological and real. People tend to explain a man’s personality and behaviour with the mind and not the soul. This was because the mind and its exploits could be explained by medical science. On the other hand, the soul and its exploits were too difficult to explain in black and white theories. No one knew the source of souls and many don’t even believe in its existence.

Behaviourist John Watson concluded -

No one has ever touched a soul, or seen one in a test tube, or has in any way come into relationship with it as he has with the other objects of his daily experience ....

Why don't we make what we can observe the real field of psychology? Let us limit ourselves to things that can be observed, and formulate laws concerning only those things. Now what can we observe? We can observe behavior - what the organism does or says. And let us point out at once: that saying is doing - that is, behaving. .

The mind was still in a way trapped in researches and thesis by men, but the soul still remains elusive. It belongs to an unknown and mysterious world!!!

16 comments:

Rogue Novelist said...

Excellent job, Rupsa. This is Ben, your friend from facebook. Thanks for referring me here.

This is a different photo of me from twenty years ago when I was hob-nobbing with Loni Anderson.

Inam said...

May two eyes, moist with light, create a third...

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Arthur cardozo said...

The perceptive level of some of your musings left me wondering about all the thoughts running through that head on shoulders of one so young. Nice ramblimgs Rupz...and what makes them even better is that they are miles away from commercial mumbo jumbo so evident in most blogs today. another aspect I enjoyed was the complete absence of pedestial banter. thanx for the journey and though I may not agree with all of it, it made me think...it made me rethink...it made me smile...and it dosed my cerebral insomnia with Calmpose solutions. Thanx. Fly. No one can clip your wings...
Arthur Brendon Cardozo

Pratik agarwal said...

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Baadshah said...

Hey,

Here is my write up for the Kolkata Bloggers Meet - 21/09/08.

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Rupsa said...

@ Arthur: Next time you need some more Calmpose solution, come back to my blog.
And like you do now, always keep on teaching me how to fly. Introduce me to unending skies.

Rupsa said...

@ Pratik: Thanks for your comment. Did check your blog. Interesting one.

Rupsa said...

@ Badshah: Hey thanks for the Kolkata Blogger's meet write up and the lovely pictures. Sweet of you to capture the moments and share them with all.

amiya said...

A good philosophic post. However recent developments in physics and chemistry are slowly unravelling the mysteries of the mind. I've written a few lines on them.

Rupsa said...

@amiya: Thanks. Did check your blog for more on the human mind and its explanations, but did'nt find them :-(

su mit said...

mind and soul are related... transmission comes to mind... 1st or soul has a separate vibrations .. does soul recognise another soul.. well.. there is always some work in this life shared.. :)

Ashford Menezes said...

Very interesting Rupsa and true it is the evolution that brought about this difference. The conflict, however, will always remain unless we train our mind to reflect the soul and it is important to do so, for our mind is limited to this earth, but our souls move beyond.