General analyses of signaling systems illuminate fundamentals of psychology

Individual psychology is a locus or node within a larger social system. More precisely, individual psychologies are particular signaling systems within larger social signaling systems. It is valuable to see this because general analyses of signaling systems—even those having nothing to do with human psychology—can shed light on human signaling systems, including both individual psychology … Continue reading General analyses of signaling systems illuminate fundamentals of psychology

Personality disorders and signaling

In my opinion, “personality disorders” are more easily understood as signaling problems. All types of personality disorder involve dysfunctional signaling with other people. Signals are both sent and received in ways that result in suffering. As currently defined, personality disorders “develop early, are inflexible, and are associated with significant distress or disability.” Thus, if there … Continue reading Personality disorders and signaling

Psychology as fundamentally signals

I propose that we largely discard all other paradigms for human psychology and replace them with one based on signals. Humans are semiotic entities who signal constantly internally and externally. No need for personality or self. Signals are objective, measurable, quantifiable, and analyzable. And they are at the heart of everything we call “psychology.” The … Continue reading Psychology as fundamentally signals

Psychological optimization

Biologically, human psychology in a vast network of interconnected cells  bathed in blood and chemistry. Intellectually, we typically reduce this enormously complex system into terms that reflect types of behavior, such as narcissism, anxiety, dark triad, bipolar, OCD, self-esteem, etc. While these reductions are helpful for understanding human psychology and showing us where to focus … Continue reading Psychological optimization

The other side of narcissistic sexual aggression

Sexually aggressive, narcissistic men destroy male rivals whom they perceive as threats. Example: potential male rivals of Matt Lauer were “killed off” by the deposed star. Matt killed off, in their infancy, every man who could succeed him at the time that he was ready to hang it up — so there’s nobody to take … Continue reading The other side of narcissistic sexual aggression