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What is reductive psychology I took the subway after a whole day of work It was already 7 PM but the heat of the severe summer of Buenos Aires didnt dismiss the daylight yet The subway was full The people felt bothered by the closeness of their neighbors sources of heat We did our best to fight against our irrepressible wishes to shout to push everybody else far from our reach He didnt The heat the pressure in the office the air feeling like soup we were the noodles some argue with his wife on the phone that afternoon they all made him to explode and shout to the woman beside him Move out Youre bothering me The woman a pregnant standing young woman was obligated to shout back You are bothering me you Several others with no formal invitation were moved by the environment to fight so they did it shouting complaining about the heat and blaming the Subway Company because of the lack of oxygen that made them feel in such a bad mood Those people were healthy They were responding to their environment in the proper way They were reacting to I dont want to use the word their stimuli in the normal way that any human being would If they didnt they would get home with this anguish in their chests due no doubt to adrenaline and learned behavior patterns They would then shout to their wives husbands children because they needed to exonerate the pain and the anguish Even a physically uncomfortable environmentovercrowding loud noise heatcan apparently help elicit aggressive behavior Book pg 692 This is reductive psychology To understand it we will go through some concepts and definitions Stimulus Any information that gets in contact with our consciences Note that the information can come from the outside or from our self-internal senses So a noise is a stimulus and some
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