Wednesday, May 1

What is Psychology?

I was taught that the goals of psychology were to understand, predict, and control human behavior.

What is psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes; the reason why we think and feel various thoughts and emotions. It also focuses on the study and treatment of mental health disorders.

Psychology is a complex field with numerous subspecialties:

Biological psychology – The biology behind behavior and mental processes
Clinical psychology –Prevention of psychological dysfunction in patients (individuals, families, couples or small groups)
Cognitive psychology – How people think, perceive, remember and learn
Comparative psychology – The similarities and differences in behavior and mental processes in human and animals
Development psychology – The development of the human mind throughout the life span
Education psychology – How humans learn
Social psychology – How humans relate to one another

What is a psychologist and what do they do?

Psychologists seek to diagnose and treat mental health disorders. Psychologists treat patients through “talk therapy,” and observing, interpreting, and recording their patient’s behavior and mental processes; their thoughts, experiences and responses. They typically look for patterns in human behavior in order to diagnose conditions. Psychologists treat individuals (adults and children), couples and families, as well as patients in small groups. They may treat patients in a clinical environment (hospital), or in private practice. If a patient requires medication for a mental health disorder, a psychologist may refer a patient to a psychiatrist; psychiatrists are medical doctors who can write prescriptions for a variety of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, psychosis and more.

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