If there is any instrument you must fall in love with and fetishize, it is the human brain—the most miraculous, awe-inspiring, information-processing tool devised in the known universe, with a complexity we can’t even begin to fathom, and with dimensional powers that far outstrip any piece of technology in sophistication and usefulness.
– Robert Greene, Mastery
This site is about how the mind works. It contains information that will enable you to understand the very mechanics by which your mind operates. Like it or not- your mind is essentially an invisible machine that works according to its own rules.
Humans have come a long way, from mastering technology to exploring outer space- there’s no dearth of achievements we’ve made. But closer home, how much do we really know about our own minds? As it turns out for most people: not much. Way too many people are clueless about the workings of their own mind, let alone of those around them. This is the cause of great ignorance, suffering, and conflict in the world.
PsychMechanics is targeted at readers who desire intriguing, valuable, and useful information about the human mind in a simple, easy-to-understand language. The information is presented less like a tedious college lecture and more like an informal, one-one conversation.
Efforts have been made to present the information in a logical manner and in a way that makes it easy to relate to real-life situations.
Moreover, this site is committed to providing you with information that you can ‘work with’ in your day-to-day life. PsychMechanics is the combination of ‘psyche’ meaning ‘mind, soul’ and ‘mechanics’ meaning ‘machine, tool’. That’s exactly what the author of this site strives to provide you: A tool that you can use to understand and tweak human behavior.
About the author
I’m Hanan Parvez from the beautiful Kashmir valley located in the Himalayas of South Asia. I had engineering as my undergraduate course and finished my MBA with Marketing as the major. I’m currently pursuing a Masters in Psychology (2nd year) and running this website simultaneously.
As an engineer who is interested in the workings of the mind, I can’t help but think of the mind as a machine, an instrument. When people buy their machines, they may not know how to use it initially but, over time, they get used to it. They learn from their mistakes and may even end up becoming experts at operating them.
The human mind is somewhat similar. We’re born with this machine between our ears having no clue about how it operates. Although, over time, we more or less get a handle on it, most of us are not able to master it because it’s the most complex machine there is. This website is an instruction manual that will help you to understand the nuts and bolts of your mind.
What sparked my interest in human behaviour
When I was in school, I read a chapter in my English class taken from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer where Tom convinces his friend to whitewash a fence who was initially unwilling to do so.
I was fascinated by how people can be convinced to do things that they may not want to do. It planted in me the idea that the human mind could be tampered and tweaked with to achieve desired outcomes. I wanted to learn more.
Another spark was this ‘Body language’ book that I found in my dad’s cupboard. I had a habit of going through my dad’s cupboard and searching for books to read. This book blew my mind and I even showed it to my friends in school to see what they thought of it.
When I finished school, like many others, I was lost and didn’t know what I wanted to do in life. Doctor and Engineer seemed like the only two career options kids had in our locality. I was mildly interested in Civil Engineering so I opted to go for it.
In the first year of studying Engineering, I decided that it was not for me. I was a good student and breezed through my engineering course but I knew it wasn’t something that made me feel alive, you know.
I started re-evaluating my life and trying to figure out what really made me tick. I came across this website that said if you want to turn your interest into a passion, invest in it. It basically said, if you like X then study more about X.
I knew I liked psychology but I was hesitant to take it as a career option because its job market didn’t look that promising. So I decided to stay in Engineering and pursue psychology as a hobby.
During that time, I learned amazing things about human psychology and felt like I should publish them somewhere. Then I came across this blogger who wrote about this kind of stuff and was making decent money. I was like: That’s it! That’s what I want to do! How awesome it would be to talk about the things you like and get paid for it.
Lo and behold, PsychMechanics was born in August 2014. I was in my final year of Engineering.
I come from a conflict-ridden zone between India and Pakistan and protests, strikes and communication lockdown are common where I hail from. By communication lockdown, I mean no internet services for days and sometimes months. Try imagining that!
In 2016, two years into my blog, and still trying to wrap my head around what I was doing, the situation worsened in our area. Luckily, a friend had convinced me to apply for an MBA outside the state. I knew that Marketing was 90% psychology so I thought I’d enjoy studying it, and I did.
Another reason why I wanted to escape was that I couldn’t let communication lockdown hinder my blogging. I left the valley and headed for New Delhi to pursue an MBA and continued working on my blog. Soon after, there was a month-long communication lockdown in our valley.
I finished my MBA in 2018 and took up MA Psychology while I was working as an Academic writer for a company. I wanted to go deeper into the field. I’m convinced it’s going to be a lifelong endeavour.
I’m a strong believer in making learning fun. This makes knowledge accessible to the common lot who don’t necessarily like to go through 400-paged tomes. Degrees, diplomas, titles, and experiences don’t mean anything if you can’t stimulate the minds of your students.
Study of the human mind has become the biggest fascination of my life and this site is a collection of the best I know explained in the best way I’ve deemed possible.
It’s like a torch that you can use to shed light on the darkest corners of the human mind, your go-to place when it comes to understanding matters of the mind.
– Hanan Parvez, Founder and Author