05-27-08, 05:30 PM #1
What, exactly... is psychology?
You are all familar with my posts. I am not ignorant to some of what may seem intellectual. But I do have a question for once.
I was wondering what psychology is as I am applying for a degree in it, a masters degree as I had once said in one of my threads.
I think that psychology is the study of the mental processes and is similar to philosophy. That is my basic problem at the moment. What is psychology? The study of the human mind? Shit, I have a dummies book to psychology, have read all the idiots guides to philosophy, and understand well enough the dynamics of what could be psychology but can someone please enlighten me?
What is psychology?
I don't want to hear:
1) Neurons firing in the brain produce chemicles which can heal or harm.
05-27-08, 11:00 PM #2
Psychology is the study of human behavior. The most common careers for psychology majors are psychiatrists and psychologists.
05-27-08, 11:23 PM #3
I dunno man. I dunno if we have to wait for that Nexus dude to put his opinion forth before we say anything on this.
05-27-08, 11:24 PM #4
05-27-08, 11:28 PM #5
I dunno man, I don't wanna say before he does. I mean, I might get something wrong man, then what? My opinions just wont mean anything. Man. Know what I mean.
05-27-08, 11:53 PM #6
Psychology is learning and understanding human behavior. How it is applied depends on whether you become Psychatrist (can prescribe Rx, applying method) and Psychologist (more research based I would say,cannot prescribe Rx). lol but im not sure, not a psychologist
05-28-08, 04:31 AM #7
Hold on i'm getting deja vu here..
05-28-08, 06:39 AM #8
Psychology is the study of the internal (i.e. the mind) and external (i.e. behaviour) facets of humans on both a micro (individual) and macro (societal) level. The discipline examines human action from the very first stage of cognition to the final stage of coping with subsequent behavioural outcomes.
Psychology isn't just about becoming a psychologist or psychiatrist, but can involve policy work, consultancy, coaching, and much more.
I have enjoyed every moment of my psychology studies and hope you do too, Sisyphus.
05-28-08, 06:48 AM #9
05-28-08, 07:21 AM #10
Its a degree course that is taken by girls who have no idea what they really want to study at university, and don't want to work too hard at it.
It has no commercial value
05-28-08, 07:29 AM #11
Trying to understand others in order to help them if they ask for help or need help with themselves.
05-28-08, 09:46 AM #12
You're applying for a masters degree and your background resume is having read the dummies guide to psychology?
05-28-08, 11:05 AM #13
I have no background resume that I know of, none was given.
If anything I have had extensive experience with suffering and understand well things because of it.
05-28-08, 02:46 PM #14
05-31-08, 09:08 AM #15
Psychology is the study of human stupidity.
05-31-08, 04:25 PM #16
As for "most common careers," don't bet your pink slip on that. As I note below, a lot of people with psych degrees find other ways to make a living. I know three who work for a company that devises educational tests.
Look at how the simple model of Maslow's Hierarchy helps us understand people's motivation as a function of what they've achieved. Maslow was a psychologist. Look at how Jung and his popularizer Joseph Campbell deconstructed religion, helping us as we try to figure out what to do about it. They were both psychologists.
In any case, it's sociologists you're thinking of. They coast through college taking all the easy psychology classes and all the easy anthropology classes. They're the opposite of the chemical engineers, who have to take all the hardest chemistry classes and all the hardest engineering classes.
05-31-08, 09:00 PM #17
I have a national Diploma in psychology. All i can say (after what has been said), is good luck. It will have great things in store for you.
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