What is Psychology?
In simple terms, psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Keyword: scientific. That is to say, though psychology can’t help you read minds, it CAN help you understand why people behave the way they do, and from there we can make educated prediction about what’s in your mind and how you’re likely to behave next.
So yeah, we do know what you’re thinking, but we can make some good guess… and before you ask…
The Many Fields of Psychology
With its broad scope, Psychology investigates a broad spectrum of subjects including biology, personality, health, sociology, anthropology and statistics. Psychologists examine these topics from a variety of complementary psychological perspective, each with its own underlying assumptions of what people are like, what is important and how to study its it. Through observing, assessing and analyzing, psychology aims to unravel one of society’s greatest mystery: Why do people behave they way they do?
What is it good for then?
Due to the versatility of the discipline, psychology can contribute in a variety of settings. Just to name a few:
Clinical psychologists may work with other medical personnel to diagnose and treat mental illnesses
Counselors can help identify and assist people to resolve their issues
HR personnel utilize psychological knowledge for recruitment, training and build team motivation
Marketing departments can employ psychology to create campaigns that draw people’s attention
… and yes, hypnosis (NO you can’t make someone give you all their money if they don’t want to)
Where there’s a mind, there’s room for psychology. Pretty cool huh?
Why IMU right? Throughout my 3 years in IMU Psychology course, we have been exposed to a variety of psychology fields, which can help students to decide which specific field is of their interest. Assignments has been a mixture of reports, quizzes, role plays, experiments and other fun activities, so there’s not much of a dull moment. Furthermore, the assignments given are usually open-ended, meaning students generally have the freedom to pick and choose what they wish to do. Lastly, students’ relationship with the lecturers always have been fun and engaging, both during class and after. As professional psychologists themselves, they’ve always been helpful, regardless of whether its about assignments or just issues in life. All in all it’s been a fun experience studying there ^^
Come on you’re not even trying anymore !
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For those interested in knowing more about the IMU psych course, click here for their psychology page.