Human Nature, the Ability of People to Change, and the Therapist’s Role in the Process

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“Aristotle argued that ethics was a purely logical outcome of human nature and it was useful because it was logical.” If this statement by Aristotle is true, then we must ask ourselves what is human nature. Human nature in my understanding is that which we do from what we decide and think about. Every person in society is prone to his or her own definition of human nature. That is, human nature is strongly influenced by culture and society. Then, how can we determine what is okay from that which is not according to our human nature? The nature of human beings is a very complex definition. What human nature may mean to me may not fit with one’s ethical reasoning of what human nature means to another. In this regard, however, human nature to me is anything in which the person freely chooses to do, think, and act on. However, going back to human nature and ethics, we need to clearly define that although human nature differs among different cultures and societies, human nature must not be raped of its value for choosing good, and behaving on what brings the best solution for one’s problems in life. Everyone alive is entitled to have his or her own human nature. It is what makes them unique from everyone else. Although human nature is very broad in each individual, we must not forget that our human nature is to fulfill the best interest for ourselves and secondly, for others. For example, since human nature influences the way you think and behave, it is important that whatever you choose to do, it does not go against to how you are designed to be and become. In other words, you should not let others negatively influence your human nature in accordance to what they think is best for you, unless your actions are influencing and making you become something that you are not or should not be. For example, if your human nature includes thoughts of hurting

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