Physics and Psychology—Relationship Status: It’s Complicated but Related One way or another, all things in life are related to one another. The same goes with Physics and Psychology. These two Sciences are different in a lot of ways but are also similar in certain aspects. Physics is the branch of Science concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy. Psychology, on the other hand, is the scientific study of the mind and its functions especially those affecting behaviour in a given context.
From the given meanings, you might be wondering how they are related. It’s not obvious at first but as you go deeper, you will realize that these two things are somehow related with each other. In Physics, the electric field from a positive charge points away from the charge; the electric field from a negative charge points toward the charge. The opposite happens in Psychology. In the study of Proxemics (personal space), there is a decrease in the personal space requirement if other people find you as a positive person.
On the other hand, if you are a negative person or a person who gives off a negative aura, then, people would increase their personal space requirement. However, the distance between you and other people and your reaction towards them will also depend on how you perceive other people—whether they are strangers, acquaintances, buddies, and etc. The same goes in Physics, you have to see whether a particle is positively or negatively charged before you can determine how this particle would react to another particle.
In Physics, like charges repel, right? This does not apply in Psychology. Again, the opposite happens. “Birds with the same feather flock together. ”—meaning people who have the same interests, beliefs and etc. are the ones that usually get along with each other. From Physics, you learned that as the altitude increases, the pressure decreases and vice versa. This concept also applies in Psychology. Higher altitude also means lower oxygen supply. This will result to Hypoxia or the inadequate supply of oxygen in the brain.
With hypoxia, a person becomes stressed and this will result to an increase in heart rate, deeper and rapid breathing and etc. This is a type of ambient stressor. Optics is also important in the study of stress. Light is another type of ambient stressor. Stress caused by light may result to seasonal affective disorder. In relation to this, phototherapy or the use of artificial lighting will be helpful in order to treat this disorder. The third law of Motion states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
This also applies in real life especially with how people deal with each other. “Do unto others, what you want others to do unto you. ” Another relation is about Friction. People with unpleasing personality are the ones who usually try to hinder people from achieving their goals in life. These people are considered as friction; friction hinders progress. In the Law of Inertia, it states that an object at rest will stay at rest and an object in motion will stay in motion at constant velocity, unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. Personality also applies the same thought.
Personality is the combination of characteristics or qualities that form an individual’s distinctive character; your personality will stay the same. You will never change—your personality makes up who you really are. Personality will only change if there is a certain event in your life that will cause you to do so—now that is the unbalanced force. Heat exchange is also related to the Affiliative Conflict Theory. In Heat Exchange, heat flows from a body of higher temperature to a body of lower temperature. The flow of heat continues until thermal equilibrium is achieved.
Affiliative Conflict Theory, on the other hand, states all of us both have the desire to be close with other people and to move away from them. Also, in conflict, the goal of interaction is to find a point of compromise in order to attain equilibrium. So, in order to bring back equilibrium, people must interact and find a point of compromise. This is the same with heat, in order to attain equilibrium; heat must flow from a body of higher temperature to a body of lower temperature. Now you see? Physics and Psychology are two different, complicated things but these two are truly related—it’s complicated but related.