On November 17th, Wang Yunqiang, associate professor and vice President of the School of Psychology of Nanjing Normal University, gave an academic lecture entitled " Straighten the Mind and Seek the Truth – Talking about Growth with College Students" in the lecture hall 110 of Xuehai Building. This lecture was presided over by Yao Shiming, the leader of the alliance of students majoring in psychology. All the students in the class of 2019 of the Honors College and all the members of the alliance listened to the lecture.
First, from the perspective of psychology, professor Wang took the environment of the lecture as an example and expressed to the students that "psychology is everywhere and psychological state needs special attention". People's psychology changes all the time. Psychology is a state of individual interaction with the environment, or to say that it is a part of the environment. People should learn to be aware of and adjust his or her state of mind according to the environment, and maintain the best state to face life at all time. Life needs purpose and meaning, so we need to find the pursuit of life. Both psychology and the life course of each of us are essentially a process of pursuing "truth, goodness and beauty".
"Truth" means “seeking the truth” and “seeking the science”. As college students who are full of vigor, everyone should seize the opportunity to master more knowledge and skills. A mind without knowledge is empty and idle. Learning is a good way to enrich our life. However, learning is much more than just being stuck in the ivory tower. A university is big, but also very small. Back a small bag, go to an unremarkable corner and observe the other people’s gestures and expressions. This kind of learning sometimes is more beneficial than staying at the library for the whole day. As the old saying goes that "read ten thousand books and travel ten thousand miles",We should appropriately step out of our comfort zone, go into our life and society and truly walk into the place where our knowledge comes from and goes to. This is also the ultimate goal of seeking truth and the best way to achieve it.
Life with a purpose is more meaningful. So next, professor Wang explained what is goodness. "Goodness" means harmonious interpersonal relationship, which is the interactive process between individuals and individuals, individuals and groups. Doing good is not only for the other person, but also for oneself. "Don't do to others what you don't want others to do to you." The starting point of doing good is oneself. You just observe the state of the other person with your own standard and theory, so as to obtain the best interaction. On the other hand, according to existing psychological research, if you do a good deed, you will feel corresponding happiness. Therefore, doing good is an interactive process between the giver and the receiver, and it is a mutually beneficial behavior. If everyone can think in this way, the happiness of the group can be improved accordingly.
Finally, professor Wang explained the goal of "beauty". "Beauty" is the pursuit of the value of life, in some areas, is also a kind of ultimate value judgment. Beauty is sometimes unquantifiable and cannot be clearly described. Beauty itself is a kind of perfection, a kind of rich preservation and a kind of complete realization. In life, it is a free and easy realm. Even in the intense study life, we can also find some of our own fun and hobbies. In addition to acquiring basic knowledge and interpersonal relationships, there should be some more transcendent pursuits. When it comes to the dead of night, miscellaneous study and interpersonal relations are temporarily suspended, what we are still left is the most pure, precious "beauty". In combination with Eriksson's theory of stages of development, each of our life stages should have its own theme of concern. The more advanced the stage of development, the more advanced pursuit we should have.
"Truth, goodness, beauty" are three simple words that sum up the content, meaning and purpose of life. As college students who have walked through the first crossroad of life, we should face the rich and infinite life with a profound understanding and complete grasp, which can make us feel life more truly and find the meaning of our life in the experience. The lecture ended successfully with the applause of all the students.