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Cognition As Self Development 101

Cognition as self-development


Cognition is as basic need as food, sleep, and safety. Especially safety providing requires cognitive skills the most: surviving implies finding one’s place under the sun, recognizing danger and usage of effective means.

Widely known American existential psychologist denotes high frustration level of children and teenagers, caused by discrepancy between demands and possibilities. Expanding sphere of possibilities helps to decrease frustration level due to gaining new actual skills, occupation in demand, cognition process itself. Such approach lessens concern transforming it into drive, involvement in process, turning cognition into a great adventure. Receiving socially recognized status (diploma, new job, and first royalties) adds self-assurance, not mentioning joy and other positive emotions.

Pyramid of needs by Abraham Maslow requires no introduction. There are physiological needs (water, food, sleep) on its basic level, needs of safety on the second one (steadiness, order, security of body, of employment, of resources etc.), on the third level, there are needs of love and belonging (friendship, family, sexual intimacy), on the fourth can be found needs of esteem (self-esteem, respect of others, achievements), and on the top, fifth level there are needs of self-actualization, including morality, creativity, problem solving, acceptance of facts.

Development of cognitive skills depends on level embodied by person. Two basic levels require skills of finding safe place to live and food to eat. In such conditions, perception of a person is fully concentrated on these targets, and everything, which seems unimportant, is cut off. Acquiring promising occupation, motivation to earn for daily bread belong to these levels of needs. Here will be of great help professional courses online and preparatory courses for entering a university.

Third level solving belonging problem is full of emotions, though in the basis of every affection there is still knowledge – concept of the ideal (mostly driven from childhood), inner commitment in one’s own probity. Courses in psychology and personal development help to release inner blocks and complexes, solve problems in relationships and one`s expectations.

Fourth level – esteem need – reflects social status of a person. To achieve the latter one should know basic laws of society development and life of community either on level of team or on state level. Courses of management and administration will help to solve the problem. Additionally, special psychological courses (communication, art of rhetoric, personal impact) are designed to fulfil people’s need on this level.

The fifth and uppermost level of needs appears when one solves matters on all the previous ones. Abraham Maslow suggests that on this level cognition is of different, existential nature. Here a problem is not connected with real circumstances of a person, it is vital for him (or her) as a part of one’s mindset, as contribution into well-being of humanity.  

Experiencing of joy on this level is much stronger and deeper, close to the catharsis. Being in demand for all humanity, one`s talent recognition and realizing possibility to change the world gives much more powerful and prolonged feeling of happiness, than on all previous levels. Personal development and languages become more and more popular due to these reasons. Internet makes integration into global processes easier, people can receive information by the best teachers from all over the world, and teachers can share their knowledge and talents to billion audience.