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What the Goal of Psychology Should Be

January 20, 2020

The development of Intelligence Quotients was one of the first utilized psychological topics. Unfortunately, it led to placing individuals in groups that indicated they were smart, average, or stupid. And, unfortunately, most accepted these labels as fact. They were attributed to genetic factors and the results were regarded as fixed. Worse yet, these results reinforced and exacerbated already existing social bias.

Further research indicated that there were mitigating factors. And research reported in this blog done by Carol Dweck and others made the important distinction between fixed and growth mindsets. People who believe that their intelligence and other abilities are fixed risk falling short of their true potentials. They tend to quit when they confront frustrations or obstacles. However, people with growth mindsets do not believe that their intelligence and abilities are fixed. When they confront obstacles or frustrations, they continue to grow their personal capabilities.

The same problem has confronted studies of gender. There were cultural beliefs, that initially were supported by psychological research. Further research indicated that these beliefs were in error and are slowly being repealed.

The goal of psychology should be to maximize each human’s potential. Cognitive science will facilitate this goal. Moreover, human potential includes more than cognitive skills. It also includes empathy and the care of our fellow human beings.

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