What is Psychology?


No, psychology isn't mind control.

Hello, I hope that you had a good week.

Today's post is on What is Psychology and in this blog post we will be drawing ideas from social psychology, abnormal psychology and many type areas of psychology.


Note: at the time of writing I was writing a new permafree psychology book and this chapter is taken from this new book.


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Chapter 1: What is Psychology? Approaches and Perspectives

Personally, I think this is an odd question because when you answer this question to people they tend to think that psychology is only profiling on crime programs.


However, I hate to tell you that this is not the case, and to give you a bit of interesting context psychology comes from two Greek words. ‘Psyche’ meaning mind and soul as well as ‘logos’ meaning study.


Therefore, psychology literally means study of the mind.


Nonetheless, as psychology has evolved over the past century and a bit the definition of psychology has changed.


For example, the current definition of psychology according to the Oxford English Dictionary is: ‘The Scientific study of the human mind and its function, especially in a given content’


In addition, I would love to stress that psychology is a science as everything in psychology is supported by data and findings from experiments and studies.


Whilst, I will fully admit that some psychology studies are better than other studies. All psychological facts are supported by data and subjected to psychological peers that review the study to see if the findings are good.


What do psychologists do?

Everyone has their own reasons for reading about psychology. Like: I read psychology books because I’m interested, I’m doing a degree in psychology and I wish to become a Clinical Psychologist one day.


Even if you do not want to study psychology it’s fine, you can keep reading, and psychology is good to know in any situation.


Although, if you do complete a degree and the other requirements then you can become a:

· Clinical Psychologist

· Educational Psychologist

· Forensic Psychologist

· Sport Psychologist

· Social Psychologist

· Occupational Psychology

· And many more…


How does Psychology Apply to you? Throughout this book and this series we will be looking at psychological facts and research as well as psychology can affect us in a great number of ways. Such as:

· What factors increase the chance of us committing a crime?

· What causes relationships to form?

· How do hormones impact our behaviour?


In addition, there is a lot of psychological research out there in the world, meaning that you might want to go and investigate certain topics in more depth…


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