It’s Just Made Up

Several times recently, I have heard someone say society, culture, community, and so on, are “just made up”. For example, in an interview about Philip K. Dick, Gnosis Magazine editor, Jay Kinney, stated the pivotal moment in PKD’s fiction was a scene in Time Out of Joint when a character riding the bus realizes that

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What Can We Say About Evil? (Part 2 of 2)

When I look at what Nazis said about what they did, I note they are spare on significance. That is, if I ask myself, “What are they doing by saying/doing that?” I come up a little short. The relation between what they did and what they say they did is disconnected. In Descriptive Psychology, this is

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What Can We Say About Evil? (Part 1 of 2)

Rob writes to ask, “How would DP address this?” and links to this article from The Daily Beast. http://tinyurl.com/HossAtDailyBeast It’s largely about Rudolf Höss, the Kommandant of Auschwitz. (If you don’t know what Auschwitz is, please make a side trip and follow that link to the Wikipedia now.) The Daily Beast piece is about a book looking at Nazis

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Communities and Relationships

More on relationships from Content Squad member Joe Jeffrey.—cjs In a response to the post on “Relationships follow behavior”, someone with a rich history of living in multiple cultures eloquently pointed out an important subtlety related to those concepts, namely: the key concepts are all anchored in the concept of community or culture. An important

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Relationships Follow Behavior (Take 2)

Here’s another answer to the question about relationships following behavior from Content Squad member Joel Jeffrey.—cjs “Relationships follow behavior” is a way of talking about one aspect of the connection between human relationships and action. So let’s start with relationships. The concept of relationship in Descriptive Psychology is the same concept of relationship pretty much

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Relationships Follow Behavior

Adam says, “I recall reading somewhere in DP literature, ‘Relationship follows behavior.’ I would really be interested in what you have to say about this.” Thanks for writing in. Relationships are very important in DP. We can talk about them by saying relationships, or we can use the word status. Either way, we’re talking about

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Person: the Central Concept of DP

There are about 50 concepts in Descriptive Psychology (DP) that are at the same level. To give you an idea of what I mean, physics has five: force, length, mass, time, and charge. These five are at the same level. Other concepts are built up from them: velocity is length/time. Acceleration is velocity/time. Force is

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What is Descriptive Psychology?

That’s a reasonable question, but it’s kind of like asking, “What is Physics?” There’s a reasonable answer, but it’s not something you can boil down to a 25-word elevator pitch. I’ll do the best I can. If you think about physics for a second, you can see it has some central concepts: length, mass, time,

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Brain and Brain! What is Brain?

Pop science writers have been coming behind neuroscientists for a long time, making their research out to be something it is not. The pop writers are reducing the findings to a kind of “brain determinism”, claiming the scientists claim we are nothing but our brains. Most neuroscientists are not claiming this. Recently, there have been

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Welcome to Everyday Use Of Descriptive Psychology

This site will come online in June, 2013. I am Ciaran, the administrator for the site.  Please direct any technical questions related to the website or the domains to me. Thank you, Ciaran. Share

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