PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIETY
by Florian Colceag
Can we define our personality out of the social context?
What human nature means out of the social context?
These two questions have a very clear response. We are defined by the social context
and by the social relationships and interferences. Single and isolated people that have
grown without this context developed very simple psychological qualities. Social context
that defines us is very complex and structured, and this structure can be continuous for a
long period of time only if social specific necessities will define people’s characteristics,
and will then include them into the complex social structure.
The ancient idea of zodiac is not so unusual regarded through this perspective. It is
very possible that for a simple structured society required qualities to correspond to
natural cycles. Certainly complex societies that don’t directly depend of the natural
environment don’t obey to these rules.
Is it possible to model human characteristics considering the social context and the
social structure specific for a culture?
This very challenging question received some answers before considering a particular
culture, the American culture. IO tests and psychological models, assessment systems in
education and economical philosophy, democracy and market are strictly correlated for
producing a social pattern that defines the American fellow. Communist regimes tried to
create a similar attempt but failed partially, New human model was also tried in France
during De Gaule time, in Germany during Hitler time, in Muslim cultures, Chinese
culture during centuries, it was also attempted by the Christian religion, but with very
different results. If we look attentively on the map we will see that at any time and any
place several social characteristics imposed human ideal complex enough to adjust to the
respective social culture.
The main definition is cultural definition, and starting from this we will find social
structure definition imposed by the social philosophy through specific policies, and later
on an entire mechanism of selection and stimulation for psychological qualities required
by the social structure in various sites. It is not unusual for America for example not to be
employed in a job because your psychological pattern doesn’t correspond to specific
needs required by the job. For example if you know too much and you are overqualified
you have all chances to be rejected. If you belong to a different cultural group that
developed different psychological qualities you also can be rejected or accepted with
suspicion. This is the way in which a culture selects its gifted people, and imposes a
human ideal for everybody, and this is the cost for cultural existence and persistence in
What is behind the culture?
Is it possible for people to develop without being transformed and deformed by a
culture for its specific needs?
Will such people be useful for a culture or will transform it?
This list of questions has also a very obvious response. A culture will be transformed
if people will develop outside of it and will influence it later.
Frequently various cultures rejected their people who had this transforming potential,
most of them being gifted people with high intellectual abilities and capacity of
understanding. Giftedness was defined considering the local cultural standards not
external standards. People who try to challenge the social limits imposed on their
psychological characteristics and abilities becoming free developers are punished usually
by the system or rejected by it. Middle Age was full of these events, many scientists
being killed for their heresies; modern times are also full of such events. One great
example is Billy Sidis who was possibly one of the most intelligent people of the planet,
but who didn’t succeed to rich a higher position than librarian. History is full of such
examples in a world in which cultural individuality and interests can be preserved only by
eliminating the dangerous free thinkers.
The solution is a global world. For managing and ruling the global world such people
with high intelligence and complex minds that escaped from cultural psychological
limitations are required. Very complex problems can be solved by very complex minds
probably using very complex procedures.
The global world will also need human being capable to respond to very limited
demands required by special professional tasks and responding to the social metabolism.
These tasks will be more numerous and structural social sites will also be much more
numerous in order to cover global worlds’ necessities.
No actual system of education will be able to deal with these demands producing in
the same time free thinkers and specialized people for all cultures. The solution is a
system of education on the Internet, where free evolution of people to be in conjunction
with people personal characteristics, economic market, and global programs creating a
fixed framework of specific demands. This system will require computer programs able
to assess psychological characteristics for students and to offer them specific programs
able to improve and complete these characteristics using educational training. Starting
from social cultural characteristics such programs will be able to delimit required
qualities by the economic and social systems creating a market for future jobs and
providing individualized routes of education. This will be required by the demand for
new jobs for a population in an explosive increasing number quite soon, in the next few
years. This system will avoid also social instability and will permit a rational exploitation
of resources in conjunction with environmental preservation, cultural preservation and
respect for individual human rights.
There are two kinds of questions arising from this demand. The first one is: Did any
social cultural system ever use all human psychological positive characteristics in
The second one is: Isn’t a plan for creating human robots instead of free developing
Both questions are important in the design of these programs. These programs that
will assess psychological characteristics required by the social, economical, political,
educational, environmental, scientific, philosophic, leadership, or familial markets need
to include also unpredictable developmental characteristics that can create chances for
new evolution and adaptation for new human dimensions.
Will this assessment limit free human evolution?
The response is negative as long as by limiting a system of rules will be easier for
very gifted individuals to break it finding a way for free evolution, but being used in the
same time by the system for complex and unusual problems solving.
The system must assure evolution and mobility for psychological assessment, must let
the chance for free evolution without psychological limitation, and must be created in
such a way as to permit new developments. The goal of this paper is to design the set of
algorithms that will lead to this possibility. The system can be developed on computer
programs, by using specific algorithms that will be described below.
In order to discern psychological characteristics that are social from other that are
individual and independent from the social context I suggest for the firs step sustained by
psychological studies that a complete list of psychological characteristics to be arranged
by using a correspondence with the following list of areas:
-A1) continuity of existence (To be) example tenacity.
-A2) human interrelations (To be) example humor
-B1) economically biased (To do) example carefulness
-B2) socially biased (To do) example politeness
-C1) ecologically biased (To have) example protective
-C2) resources biased (To have) example evaluating
-D1) social adaptability biased (To adapt) example flexibility
-D2) natural adaptability biased (To adapt) example intuition
-E1) human micro-cosmos biased (To integrate) example sensitivity for other
-E2) cosmic macro-cosmos biased (To integrate) example scientific dream
-F1) Philosophically biased (To become) example reflexivity
-F2) Social hierarchy biased (To become) example obedience
All the kinds of characteristics are required by specific social needs. If several
psychological qualities will belong to more that one set, than these characteristics will be
considered as having multiple coordinates, and will be quantified in conformity with
these coordinates. There are several possibilities: we can find several qualities that will
belong to opposite ends of the same direction example A1 and A2. In this case it is
possible that the respective quality to be independent of the social influence, and to be an
intrinsic psychological quality. We can find also characteristics that can become to the
same direction without belonging to one pole, for example indifference that can belong to
(to be, to do, and to have directions in the same time without being biased for one
specific direction. This quality will have coordinate zero for all these directions.
One characteristic can be assessed to have some coordinates following the order
already described. For example A1, B0, C2, D2, E0, F1 can be such an order. All these
coordinated will be included in a six dimensional hyper-cubic database, where 1-2
coordinates will be ends of symmetry axes of the hyper-cube. If several sites that should
contain such coordinates will be empty, more psychological studies need to find these
It is also possible that the list of characteristics to contain other psychological
characteristics that will not be included in any site. These characteristics may be
individual without social control, or may belong to a new social dimension that is not
specifically described here, and must be included.
Several studies already described the structure of a site, for example Dabrowsky
described E1 site. It is very possible that all sites to have a specific similar structure
containing a developmental structure. These structured patterns will correspond for
specific cultural social human metabolism. This metabolism will give a line of individual
development in the interior of the site, or will show new capacities that are not socially
correlated with one site proving the tendency for flexibility, adjustability or universality
in the individual development. These specific tendencies will be correlated with a larger
freedom for individual development that doesn’t need psychological monitoring.
Cultural psychological studies can prove several specifics regarding selected cultural
qualities that are characteristic for the cultural human model already accepted by this
culture. A cultural psychological map can be developed as a result of these studies;
another individual psychological map in correlation with the cultural map can also be
created. Another map of psychological qualities that are not culturally specific and that
might lead to new developmental lines can be developed.
The computer program can correlate these qualities with required qualities by
different economic social, political, educative, environmental, resources exploitation,
natural adaptability, social adaptability, etc area that are required by the professional
market, and will give consultation to students who need directions for education for
employment purpose. Following these directions different students will be directed
toward individual educational lines, and will be assessed conforming these lines. If their
results will not correspond with the psychological print, and with the expected results,
they will be reassessed.
Freethinkers will have the possibility to develop independently following their will.
Due to their special psychological development free thinkers can be used by the
society for solving very complex problems.
Even if this inclusion in education of psychological characteristics looks like an
industry it is a potential solution for the future in a much more dynamic world, that needs
to be prepared before this world will appear.
The actual tendency for industrial education follows a similar pattern, but is not able
to assure individualized education.
This system of education will not replace schooling system and human contact, is not
designed to do this and cannot do this. Schooling system will remain active, student-
master relationship will also remain active, only educational results will increase and will
permit people a much faster and better social and economic integration.
Educational time will not end at a certain age. Lists of professional discussions will
debate various problems complementing this system. In fact in a rudimentary form this
system already exists, but behaves randomly and is not yet very efficient. This efficiency
will be required by the exhaustion of resources, population increasing number, and
evolving crises. Because initial conditions already exist the system of education on the
Internet can become effective in a short time with the contribution of many specialists
from psychology, sociology, education, economy, global policies, and other areas.
What humans’ can be without society? What society can do for human beings in
order to avoid poverty, environmental problems, rejection by the own culture,
unemployment, abandon, frustrations, immobility in intellectual development, alienation,
and cultural offence that can lead to a generalized war.
This project can be part of solution.