Everyone studies behavior, whether we like it or not. We’ve been doing it since we were babies, watching parents and siblings very closely.
Today we watch our co-workers, our boss, our employees. We watch those who feed us, and those we feed.
To truly get a deep understanding of what makes us tick, we have to open our minds to infinite possibilities. The very way we are raised, and the haphazard methods we normally use to learn about behavior introduce bias into our understanding.
The only way to get rid of bias is to recognize it within ourselves and let it go. Only then can we get a deep understanding of what makes others do what they do.
Getting rid of bias isn’t easy. The first step is to get rid of our own sense of self-importance, our ego. If we accept all others as being of value equal to our own, in a world that contains no judgments, then our ego is no longer a factor.
Without an ego there is no longer right or wrong, good from bad, and moral from immoral. There is only, behavior.
Without an ego, we can begin to get a better idea as to what may be going on within someone else’s mind, even if that someone else is a wild animal or sports team.
So, let go of your ego. Don’t throw it away, keep it close because it comes in handy at times. But when you’re going to get serious about understanding behavior, put it aside; it only gets in the way.