Psychologizing is a dialogue technique which is rephrasing an existing domain into terms of psychology. For example, a person is eating to much and the doctor defines the behavior as a compensation of emotional problems. Describing the world from a psychology perspective has become popular since the 1950s with the advent of scientific ideology. All aspects of daily live can be interpreted by psychologists from a neutral standpoint.

Unfortunately, the art of psychologizing comes to limit, if it's used to manipulate humans. Most people aren't interested to speak with unknown persons about their emotional state. On the other hand, the subject of psychology requires that a situation is discussed in such a way, so a conflict is the result.

One option to overcome the bottleneck of classical psychological interpretation is to introduce Artificial Intelligence. Artificial Intelligence has it's root in psychology but goes into the direction of Cybernetics, which is a powerful academic discipline. In the example (person is eating too much) isn't interpreted in emotional terms, but in terms of Artificial Intelligence.

How can Artificial Intelligence paraphrasing be utilized as a replacement technique for classical Psychologizing?

  • $\begingroup$ I think there are some interesting answers here (maybe from Dennett & Churchland?). Good question Manuel. $\endgroup$ – John Doucette Nov 12 '19 at 20:10
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    $\begingroup$ This question needs to be clarified: 'Psychologizing' is usually used for uneducated guesses or claims by non-professionals (see dictionary.com/browse/psychologize) and not referring to psychological or medical professionals. However in contrast, your example with the doctor suggests a clinical setting. These two settings are very different and range from 'chit chat' to 'science-based diagnosis and therapy'. Which of the two are you referring to? $\endgroup$ – Sammy Nov 13 '19 at 10:43
  • $\begingroup$ @Sammy Science based psychological investigation is the application of knowledge given in the books. Major disciplines like behavioral, social and cognitive psychology have it's origin in the humanities and in detail in the novels of Lew Nikolajewitsch Tolstoi, Agatha Christie and Ernest Hemingway. In comparison to everyday psychology, this is a progress, but it fails in solving complex problems. $\endgroup$ – Manuel Rodriguez Nov 14 '19 at 9:58

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