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People are good at heart psychology


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People are good at heart psychology

  1. 1. Surname 1 Student Name Instructor Date of Submission People are good at Heart Anne Frank writes in her diary that there is something good in every person. People, however, are in no capacity to know their ability to be good- how much they can love or how much they can accomplish, or the potential that lies within them. We see that in spite of everything that happens to them, she still believes that people are good at heart. She and others are under oppression by Nazi forces as she writes this. The atrocities that are being done by the Nazis are horrendous, and one must think that she must be a nice person to say anything positive about them. A careful examination of her situation and human relationships, however, makes one readily accept her quote as true (Frank 244). Love is closer to the human heart than hatred and people love more naturally than they hate. People will have a very cordial relationship with strangers whom they rarely know. This is because by now they have no hate impetus and therefore interact well. This is because unlike love which comes naturally, hate and undesirable characteristics have to be instilled. Even then, the people who hate still have an inherent love for others. This love is evident when they feel accepted and loved, for then they reciprocate it. Hatred breeds hatred and anyone who wants to be loved should love first. It is however not given that people will return the love of others, and this is partly because we are differently situated. Situations affect the behavior of people so that
  2. 2. Surname 2 though we are naturally inclined to love, the things we go through or the attitude of others may make us act differently (Waugh 1). The natural goodness that one has may not be visible to the naked eye, but a deeper look inside will reveal it. Hatred may inhabit a naturally lovable person through training and radicalization, besides the usual attitudinal aspects and situations. Training and radicalization make one act out the trainingbecause it is some brainwash, so they do not even know what they are doing. They act out of duty, but have a good human nature deep within them. The effects of training and radicalization can only be removed via de-training or de-radicalization which happens when the people are in their conscious states and acting independently (Dittmann 68). Judging others makes them lose their self-confidence and the trust they may have had about others. This mistrust leads to insecurity and defensive attitudes which ultimately result in undesirable characteristics in the individual. They may become violent and withdrawn. This situation is not natural but artificial, since in the absence of the causalcondition, then the subject will be a lovely person. Openness and forgiveness to those facing various challenges, in need or under pressure helps heal wounds of hatred, and repairs the damage others may have afflicted on the concerned individual (Zalman 1). It is also important that we struggle to be kind and helpful to others since that way we will be creating a happier society by the law of reciprocity. People may be hurt by rudeness or nasty comments. It is critical that we all try to maintain the goodness in society by keeping guard of our words and actions so as not to annoy others and, therefore, evoke their anger which breeds hatred. It is also good to keep a positive attitude in life just like Anne does, as one discovers
  3. 3. Surname 3 while going through the diary. Despite the situations she was going through, she maintains her optimism. (Dittmann 68). Nevertheless, people will not love us everywhere we go at first sight. Trying to strike up a pleasant little conversion might however just work wonders. Learning to love and help others unconditionally might just be what we need for a relatively ‘good’ society.
  4. 4. Surname 4 Works Cited; Dittmann, Melissa. "What makes good people do bad things?" American Psychological Association (2004): 68. Frank, Anne. The Diary of a Young Girl. New York: Bantam Doubleday Publishing Group, Inc., 1995. Waugh, Rob. Born to be mild? 'Niceness gene makes some people kinder- and those who lack it are tight-fisted, selfish and cruel. 12 April 2012. 31 January 2016 < makes-people-kinder--lack-tight-fisted-selfish-cruel.html>. Zalman, Jonathan. "At Trial of Former Nazi, a Tough Embrace." 27 April 2015. Tablet. 31 January 2016 < embrace>.