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Perils of Psychological Manipulation


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What are the goals of Psychology? They are to describe, understand, predict and control behavior (Coon&Mitterer, 2010).While it comes to human behavior, predicting is a bit objectionable. Controlling is totally offensive. This implies total threat to personal freedom and the idea that somebody manipulates your behavior is repugnant.(Coon&Mitterer, 2010; Robbins, 2005). Many consider that psychology is a crude science, but there is no surety that nobody has already acquired the formulas for all human behaviors. Maybe, in somebody's notebook or laptop, 'how to operate a human' manual is there already. Some conspiracy theory suggests that we are already controlled. Our televisions are the greatest hypnotizers, they suggest, and we are the consumers directed by somebody who wants us to consume. Are we becoming the biological androids?

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Understanding, Prediction, Control, Brainwash, Manipulation, Ethics
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Pralhad Adhikari
University Campus, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, India

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What are the goals of Psychology? They are to describe, understand, predict and control behavior (Coon&Mitterer, 2010).While it comes to human behavior, predicting is a bit objectionable. Controlling is totally offensive. This implies total threat to personal freedom and the idea that somebody manipulates your behavior is repugnant.(Coon&Mitterer, 2010; Robbins, 2005). Many consider that psychology is a crude science, but there is no surety that nobody has already acquired the formulas for all human behaviors. Maybe, in somebody's notebook or laptop, 'how to operate a human' manual is there already. Some conspiracy theory suggests that we are already controlled. Our televisions are the greatest hypnotizers, they suggest, and we are the consumers directed by somebody who wants us to consume. Are we becoming the biological androids?

Keywords


Understanding, Prediction, Control, Brainwash, Manipulation, Ethics