The perspective of science: what governs human behavior?


The Healthcare industry is going through an unprecedented boom. Following a well-documented study, the healthcare industry will hire more workers than any other sector between 2014 and 2024. So if you are on the lookout for a rewarding career, this field has endless opportunities to offer. Working as a healthcare professional keeps you financially secure and enables you to serve people.

One of the essential requirements of the healthcare sector is the understating of human behavior. More so, if you want to improve the lives of people with mental disorders. Since the curriculum may teach you comprehensively about it, we are covering some fundamental aspects that constitute human behavior:

  1. Personality

Personality is a broad term. It typically includes physical characteristics, emotional side, opinions, and habits. Contrary to the common assumption, personality does not shape up as per the inherent genetic factors. We acquire many traits along the way from the outside world that equally influence it.

We have people with different personalities around us. Some of the most common personality types are mentioned below:

  • Marketers: Marketers subscribe to an extremely motivated lifestyle. They usually give their best shot at work. Among other things, their ambitiousness for personal growth and willingness to be social give them a distinguished standing. 
  • Rebels: A vast proportion of entrepreneurs fall into this group. Broadly put, rebels enjoy exercising authority and living a lavish lifestyle. They are also unconventional and love to break the rules. 
  • Misfits: Misfits have a hard time finding stability in personal and professional life. Most of their decisions are driven by fear and indecisiveness.
  • Over-achievers: As the title hints, these individuals are incredibly intellectual and hard workers. What mainly gives them an edge over other personality types is their resilience to combat stress. Experts suggest that over-achievers are tailor-made to undertake leadership roles. However, they usually stay away from politics and contribute in an individual capacity.
  •  Psychology

Psychology revolves around mental functioning. In simple words, it helps to understand the motives that make people act in a certain way. Though psychology has an enormous influence in developing human behavior, we considered it taboo to be vocal about it. Luckily, that is not the case anymore. Society has become more forthcoming than ever before to speak up about mental issues.

It is one reason why a growing number of people want to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology and make it their permanent profession. Studying psychology paves the way for a diverse career path. Depending on the personal interest, one could choose to be an aviation psychologist, clinical psychologist, biopsychologist, consumer psychologist, etc.    

  • Attitude

Attitude does not have a universal definition. It is loosely explained as a prepossessed set of emotions and behaviors for a specific person, object, or occurrence. Attitude is not an inborn phenomenon. It gradually piles up as we expose ourselves to the environment. To be more precise, attitude formation heavily relies on the following components:

  • Experience: It is pretty much self-explanatory. Our interaction over time with people, situations, and things fosters our attitude about them. For example, suppose you work in an office with a flawed employee well-being plan. In that case, you are likely to establish a negative attitude toward the workplace.     
  • Association: When you associate yourself with an individual or group, it impacts the long run’s attitude. Maybe you like a subject today because it was taught to you by your favorite teacher?   
  • Perceptual biases: Perpetual biases are the byproduct of several senses, including hearing, seeing, feeling, and so forth. Perpetual preferences are responsible for frequently changing our attitude to living and non-living things around us.
  • Emotions

Emotions denote a very complicated reaction pattern that encompasses experimental and psychological characteristics. Emotions trigger a specific bodily reaction. Experts divide responses into six basic types; let’s explore them without further ado.

  1. Happiness: Happiness is hands down the most sought-after reaction by humans. We tend to express it through various ways such as smile, upbeat speaking tone, or relaxed body language.
  2. Fear: As soon as fear kicks in, we immediately activate the survival mode. Broadly put, it plays a critical role in safeguarding us in the face of day-to-day threats. Tense muscles, shortness of breath, and fast heart rate are common symptoms of fear.
  3. Sadness: Hopelessness, grief, and disappointment are the prominent culprits behind stimulating sadness. If sadness does not go away after some time, it could be immersed into depression. We utilize tools like crying, quietness, and isolation to convey sadness.
  4. Disgust: Disgust could be provoked by many unpleasant things like taste, smell, spectacle, etc. We are also born with an innate capacity to feel disgusted by transmittable diseases.   
  5. Surprise: Surprise is an emotion that originates at the onset of observing something unexpected. Unlike other emotions, this emotion is not long-lasting.
  6. Anger: Frustration, hostility, antagonism, and agitation are at the heart of prompting outrage. It helps to spark flight or fight response and thereby contributing to your safety.

The Final Verdict

Understanding human behavior can come in handy in almost every profession. That said, it is a mandatory skill for those working in the healthcare sector. We have explained human behavior in the simplest possible way to give you an ample idea about its underlying nitty-gritty. 

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