Classroom design and how it affects behavior

Why the fuck are you doing this Or also: What influences our behavior?

People have always been concerned with the question of why individuals behave as they do. In series such as “Born to kill?”, For example, the question of whether murderers were born that way or only became murderers through the environment is examined. But also in everyday life, far away from such atrocities, we are concerned with questions like

  • Why is my child / partner / friend acting this way?
  • Why is my colleague / boss / ex just such a ...?
  • Why do young people march loudly through the streets?
  • Why do people spend huge sums on certain consumer goods?

The big challenge for us is that it is often not what it seems at first glance. That is why we often conclude things from certain factors that do not have to be right.

Some examples:

  • A child cries in the supermarket -> we think because they want something and want to get their way through with loud screams. The little one may be teething, miss his mom or have other reasons to cry.
  • The partner comes home annoyed -> we think it's because of us and react accordingly, although we don't even know the cause of the bad mood. He / she may have had work problems that he / she does not want to burden us with.
  • A potential customer / supplier is arrogant and seems aloof -> we think he is not interested or is an unsympathetic person - perhaps he is simply covering up uncertainty.

When analyzing the behavior of others, we often make two misconceptions:

  1. We relate the behavior of the other to ourselves.
  2. We infer the most obvious cause from the behavior and context - without taking all factors into account.

The former mostly happens for two reasons: Either we take ourselves too seriously or we have low self-esteem, which creates a kind of chronic fear.

But what influences the behavior of others?

The bio-psychosocial paragraph

The different levels of analysis of the biopsychosocial approach offer an attempt to explain this (in my opinion very successful). Biological as well as psychological and sociocultural aspects are taken into account when analyzing behavior and mental processes.

Biological influences

like for example

  • Genes
  • Brain mechanisms
  • Hormones

Psychosocial Influences

like for example

  • emotional reactions
  • Perceptual interpretations
  • cognitive processing
  • learned fears
  • learned expectations

Socio-cultural influences

like for example

  • other people present or the social environment
  • Expectations from peers, family, society, and culture
  • Group expectations
  • Role models that are adopted

Behavior and mental processes of a person

Conclusion: it is not always what it seems

As you can see from the diagram, there are various aspects that influence the behavior of us and others. Therefore, questions like “Was someone born a murderer?” Cannot simply be answered with “Yes!” Or “No!”. Much more it depends on factors such as

  • the genes
  • the hormonal balance
  • the experienced and
  • how someone perceived it
  • or what he has learned from it
  • the social environment and
  • the people

which interact at the moment of action.

That's why

  • serial killers' children don't necessarily kill people
  • Peace-loving people sometimes freak out and do terrible things
  • if someone leaves his old life “overnight”, throws everything down and just breaks out

... to name a few examples.

So the next time you ask yourself "Why the hell are you doing this?" Look at as many aspects as you can to find the most meaningful answer possible.

Best regards,