7.26.2004

Astrology And Psychology

Psychology is an excellent subject...one of my favorites, in fact. Both natal astrology and psychology are interested in the workings of the human mind, so the tendency to view astrology as a rival to psychology is strong.

But there's no reason it should be.

The thing is, although both do well at looking at the mind, they are like two people looking at the same thing from opposite sides. Astrology sees and does things easily which psychology has a harder time accomplishing, but then falters where psychology excels.

To really zero in on the differences it helps to look at what each study can come into a conversation knowing, versus what they must actively try to find out. Astrology can come in knowing the root personality, the core identity with all its habits and desires and logics (or lack thereof). But as people do not grow up in a vacuum, natal astrology cannot say much about how life and environment has affected this core identity - at least, not without an astrologer knowing something of psychology.

For example: Astrology may tell you that a specific person has a fascination with raw power, but it cannot say what life has taught that person about power. A politician's child and an alcoholic's child would each learn something different about what power actually is. Although astro can tell you with certainty that the personality exists and perceives the world in part through this interest in power, it cannot take into account the person's specific environmental history or what affect that history had on the outcome.

Psychology, in the other hand, does this extremely well. The study has a secure handle on how events affect mental processes, how people - in a general sense - react to environments ranging from abusive households to stressful work environments to boring love relationships. Psychologists can come into a conversation knowing all these things about the interaction between people and environments, and then make valid determinations about how a person's history is likely to have impacted their life. To confront problems, they usually suggest changes in the way a person interacts with the world around them (ie. the "fix" is usually oriented by environment).

What they cannot do right away is know what the individual's core motivations and tendencies are...the study comprehends human nature in general. Psychologists use psychoanalytical techniques such as word association and inkblot tests to learn more about uniquely personal factors - but the results of these are actually rather vague when compared to the exacting personality analysis astrology is capable of performing.

In short, the combination of astrology and psychology is a major powerhouse for understanding an individual, because both studies do well where the other one doesn't.





4 Comments:

Blogger weng said...

thanks for visiting my blog, wondering when are you going to write about different stuff. great blog though.

10:27 PM  
Blogger Lasciate said...

Thanks weng...was going to write a post yesterday but then I lost confidence in my math - never a strong suit. So I'm going to have a mathematics friend doublecheck it this weekend before I put up that particular post. But I will probably post today, anyhow.

I'm pretty sure I know which blog is yours, but for the life of me I can't remember the name of it.

6:29 AM  
Blogger weng said...

yeah, i made my profile confidential. it's solipcism.blogspot.com

will wait for that blog of yours, regards.

6:58 AM  
Blogger jon said...

zodiac astrology info is so cheesy but we were looking at it anyway...why i dont know. I guess it is fun to play around online. Anyway, I saw your zodiac astrology posts and though it was cool...Alright, well...have a great night, I am back to zodiac astrology surfing LOL : )

Jon

9:45 PM  

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