We’ll focus on the three scientific (or, as we’ll usually call them, “natural”) determinants of all people’s psychological repertoires. In our view, the two greatest scientific achievements in psychology’s relatively brief history have been the discovery of the natural laws of learning (or conditioning), and the proposition that all “psychological processes of the mind” are actually biochemical processes of the CNS (central nervous system, or brain and spinal cord). In this Basic Module, we will introduce you to the basic principles of the genetics of psychology, psychological learning (conditioning), and psychological trauma. Then we’ll explain why the vast majority of most adult humans’ psychological repertoires are primarily determined by learning experiences (as compared to genetic or traumatic determinants), and how to use this serendipitous fact to make significant improvements in your life and the lives of others. (The Comprehensive Module will then address the psychophysiological processes of the human nervous systems that actually underlie genetics, learning, and trauma, and constitute sensation, perception, thinking, memory, feeling, and behaving at the all important biological level of humans as natural organisms in this wonderful natural universe.)
As was introduced in the Area Overview and Introductory Module, the totality of one’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors is called one’s psychological repertoire, and the totality of one’s unique psychological repertoire is determined by just three natural determinants: one’s genes, learning experiences, and trauma. By that statement, we mean that every single thought or memory, feeling of joy, fear, or sorrow, and every action or intention to act — by absolutely everyone, everywhere, all the time — is completely determined by a combination of one’s genes, learning, and trauma. (There are NO other causal factors at all.)
Thus, understanding how these three natural determinants function and interact to pre-program, program, re-program, and de-program human cognition, affect, and behavior will dramatically increase the KOHE student’s general understanding of human psychology, and applying these natural laws and principles to a particular person — including oneself — will not only increase one’s understanding, but should enable students to more effectively manage and beneficially influence the psychological repertoire of themselves and/or others. First we’ll summarize the basic concepts and principles of each of these three psychological determinants, and then we’ll show how to apply all three to common humanistic issues in later lessons.