Assimilation psychology has long been the cornerstone of American social policy. As they age-old, immigrants are always learning about new ideas and principles, including assimilation psychology. Over the years, many have come to consider themselves as having “Americanized” identities. Because of this, they often look to those with contrasting ideas to absorb new ones. For instance, those with Western views are often attracted to those with Eastern views; those with Christian beliefs are attracted to those with Buddhist beliefs.
However, what many fail to realize is that assimilation psychology is not only a tool for assimilation. Rather, it is a tool for understanding diversity and understanding the current state of diversity in a given society. That is why those who practice it are often drawn to those who have new perspectives or fresh ideas which can draw on from. A good example of this is the work of Piaget. Piaget believed that all humans are born with a set of three primary instincts. These instincts determine what the mind tends to do under specific circumstances.
Base Of Cognitive Functioning
The first instinct is called rational, or what we commonly call common sense. It is the base of our everyday cognitive functioning. When confronted by a situation in which a person must choose between accepting new information or acting upon an old one, our common sense lets us know which option is better. In this case, listening to the beats of country music would benefit from assimilation psychology in the same way that a new kind of education would benefit those whose intellectual experiences centered around math or science.
The second instinct, however, is called irrational, or something else entirely. This is the dark side of our brains; a place where rational thinking goes for not much longer than breaking out of a cage. This is where assimilation psychology plays an important role in the process of learning new things and making our world a better place. People with mental disorders like schizophrenia learn new things faster in the cognitive way, while those with normal mental processes tend to learn new things in the intuitive way.
One great example: let’s talk about assimilation psychology in education. Students in schools usually learn new concepts by associating one to the other. For example, if you already know that math is primarily used to calculate the results of real-world activities, you’ll probably learn math easier if you hear about it in terms of graphs, quantities, and formulas. Assimilation takes time but doesn’t have to. You just have to be able to think in a language people already know.
This can also be applied to learning new languages. To learn a second language, one must associate the language with its current state: what it looks like, how it feels, what its current usage is like, etc. In the case of mathematics, we already know that numbers are represented as real things with real time, weight, volume, etc; the same goes for languages. If you want to speak in French, or in German, or even understand Italian, you need to associate the language with its past, its present, its future, and its history.
Understanding Point Of View
Now, this doesn’t mean that you have to copy the way your co-worker speaks and learns. All you need to do is to understand their point of view. For example, if your co-worker says that learning a new language is hard, but that you’d get a bonus if you could learn it, your attitude should be, “That’s very true. Maybe I’ll have a chance to meet my co-worker sometime and see how tough it is for her.”
You already belong to your country. And even if you can’t look back at your country’s history, or the language that your parents used, at least you can listen to the language and try to understand how it’s used. This will give you a better chance of dealing with the people you meet in your travels.