Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. American Psychological Association (2013), "the discipline embraces all aspects of the human experience — from the functions of the brain to the actions of nations, from child development to care for the aged" (para. 1). American Psychological Association (2013), "in every conceivable setting from scientific research centers to mental health care services, "the understanding of behavior" is the enterprise of psychologists" (para. 1).
How does the way in which you perceive the world influence your thought process? Provide a specific example in your response. What other factors do you think affect your thought process?
An individual's perceptions of the world
are what influences his or her thought processes. An individual's experiences
in regards to his or her environment helps shape one's perception by creating
perceptual expectations (Shiraev & Levy, 2010). A perceptual set or the
aforementioned expectations are what makes certain interpretations possibly
occur, and are what increases the efficiency and speed of the perceptual process
(Shiraev & Levy, 2010). For instance, one who has positive emotional
experiences with others within his or her environment may receive that he or
she will have other positive emotional experiences in other environments.
Other factors that affect an individual's thought processes are usually
based on cultural beliefs and such cultural beliefs shapes one's experiences;
therefore, influences one's thought processes. Cultural beliefs are factors
which include personal, religious, nonreligious, scientific, and traditional
beliefs, as well as philosophies and political ideologies.
Shiraev, E., & Levy, D. (2010).
Cross-cultural psychology: Critical thinking and contemporary applications (4th
ed). Boston: Pearson/Allyn Bacon.