I have a BA in Psychology, a MS in Interdisciplinary Counseling, and a PhD in Educational and Counseling Psychology. I have been a certified or licensed counselor for over 30 years from individual to group counseling, Mental Health Counselor, Family and Marriage Therapist, Domestic Violence, sexual problems, etc.
You could say I am a reductionist philosopher in psychology. I use what I call a 4 x 4 model of human behavior. Basically I look at the four stages of the brain in processing what to do. (1) We perceive the situation, in the back and sides of the brain, (2) we then fear it or want it, in the middle emotional brain, (3) we plan what to do, in the frontal lobes, and (4) we follow through, the top of the brain. Then we are back to (1) to repeat the cycle, each time the four steps influence each other. Our perception is influenced by our emotions, our thinking tells us to look or listen for things, our skills and opportunities tell us our limitations and what to again look for, etc. The strength and limitations of each stage our personality makes us unique. I gave each stage an animal or two to represent it.