Response to Classmates
I agree that people’s behavior get influenced by their culture, family background and various other internal and external factors. Psychologists and counselors should first understand the circumstances under which a person performs certain actions. Different psychological theories explain individual behavior from different perspectives. For example, Freud mentions that events that every individual faces during their childhood get reflected in their actions, performed during adulthood. Iceberg theory explains how submerged or invisible subconscious mind influence individual actions. Freud describes three approaches to analyze unconscious mind: 1st free association, 2nd dream analysis and 3rd slip of the tongue. Maslow, in his hierarchy of needs theory, explains how human needs influence human behavior. A human first look forward to fulfill his basic needs of food, water shelter and safety then he looks towards fulfilling his needs related of love, esteem and power (McLeod).
McLeod, Saul. "Psychology Perspectives." 2007. Simply Psychology. Electronic. 23 June 2015.
I agree that all human beings have some degree of self-serving biasness. Some people seek recognition for all good things, happening around them, and blame others for bad things. I personally observed such behavior in team setting. The conflict arises when a team of multiple people is assigned with one project. In such setting, all team members try to take advantage of work, efficiently completed in given time frame and blame their colleagues for the task that are not completed successfully. For a psychologist, it is important to understand such behavior and go into the detail of situation in order to understand the human behavior, depicted in that situation. Understanding about different factors that influence human behavior is important in order to drive any conclusion (Boyes).
Boyes, Alice. "The Self-Serving Bias - Definition, Research, and Antidotes." 09 January 2013. Psychology Today. Electronic. 23 June 2015.