For centuries people have asked the same question, “Why did the chicken cross the road?” Even though this has been a timeless joke no one has truly been able to answer this question.
Through the seven psychological perspectives this question will soon be answered. Psychology will help dive into why the chicken crossed the road, what was on the other side, or was there maybe something wrong on its side that made the chicken cross the road? The first psychological concept to investigate why the chicken crossed the road is Biopsychological or Biological. The definition of this concept is the “study of how biology influences behavior”. (Spielman, 2014) There are many reasons why the chicken could have crossed the road looking at this method. The chicken could have gotten messages to its brain that caused it to send impulses to its legs to start moving to the other side making its muscles move towards to other side of the road.
It may not have been curious on what was on the other side. The chicken could have just gotten the instinct to start moving its legs than the natural want to satisfy its own curiosity. Since it is an animal this would make the most could possibly make the most logical sense. The next psychological concept is behavioral.
The definition for this is “focuses on observing and controlling behavior.” (Spielman, 2014) This concept also makes a lot of sense psychological and logically when looking at this situation. The chicken could have crossed the road because it saw a better food source on the other side. The area the chicken may have been in may have been out of food completely. For the chicken to not starve, like any other animals do, it may have gone to search for new food supplies. The chicken is only reacting to the surroundings it was or is in now and acting upon them.
The third concept of the seven concepts are Psychodynamic. Psychodynamic is “focus on the role of the unconscious in affecting conscious behavior.” This means the chicken crossed the road because it saw others that it knew do it before. It may have seen its brothers and sisters as they got older eventually cross the road and leave.
After seeing this multiple time, the pressure of doing it also would have been great. His parents may be expecting him to do the same, just as his siblings did before. Or in other case his own parents may have left him to cross the road when it was younger. Since it was younger he may have been too scared to have crossed when his parents had before. Now that it could be older it may be finally ready to make the crossing of the road and possibly join its family on the other side. The fourth concept is Humanistic.
The Humanistic concept is the “perspective within psychology that emphasizes the potential for good that is innate to all humans.” (Spielman, 2014) This concept gives the chicken a more human like quality to it. It also gives it the opportunity to makes choices on what it does instead of just making choices based on the environment it is in.
The chicken could have many reasons why it decided to cross the road through the Humanistic perspective. It might have seen another chicken on the other side of the road who looked very hungry. The chicken could have seen this other chicken and felt sympathy for it. Instead of making that chicken crossed the road it crossed the road instead to help this chicken find food in its area, so it wouldn’t starve. The fifth psychological concept is Cognitive. The Cognitive concept is the “study of cognitions, or thoughts, and their relationship to experiences and actions.” (Spielman, 2014) This means the chicken can remember past experiences and can use that to make decisions passed on the experiences that it has had before. Just like in Psychodynamic the chicken could have remembered his siblings or parents crossing the road before him.
The chicken could have thought of this memory and how its family members made it across with no issues at all. Since they made it across successfully the chicken could deduct that if it crossed the road just like his family then it would also make it across with no issues also. The sixth concept is Evolutionary.
This concept is the “discipline that studies how universal patterns of behavior and cognitive processes have evolved over time as a result of natural selection. (Spielman, 2014) That means that over time the chicken has became adapted to crossing the road. Long ago his ancestors may have been used to being in open fields.
Before they became farm animals that were kept in chicken coops. This evolutionary side of the chicken is still inside of it. The chicken may not release that its crossing a road but just crossing a barrier to get to the open field behind it. Natural Selection has given the chicken the ability to run fast but not the ability to fly. This natural selection and evolution behind the chicken makes the field more enticing. The last concept is Multicultural or Sociocultural. Multicultural “focuses on how we interact with and relate to others.
” (Spielman, 2014). This means that our surroundings have a lot of impact on the decisions we make in our lives. This can also coordinate to the chicken also. If it has seen all its family members and friends cross the road before it, it may feel peer pressure to do so.
The other chickens decided to do it first leaving that one chicken behind. It can either stay on the other side alone or go with the peer pressure and cross the road to join the other chickens. These seven psychological perspectives are very useful when trying to figure out a situation. The one I leaned to the most was behavioral. The other six do have their reasoning also that make sense in this situation also.
Since it is just a chicken I decided to most logical sounding concept was behavioral. The environment that the chicken was in is what most likely effected it the most.