PSYCHOLOGY: WHAT IS IT?
Psychology is the organized study of human behavior and mental processes. It tries to answer the kind of important questions we have always asked of each other and of ourselves. Questions such as: Why do we do what we do, think what we think, feel what we feel? Why do we dream? Why do we strive and struggle, hope and despair, love and hate? What does it mean to be human? What is personality? How does personality develop, and how can it become disordered? Why are we torn by anxieties and depression, by strange obsessions and peculiar desires, by delusions and madness? Can we cure these problems? What is psychotherapy? What is the human brain, and how does it work? What influence do sleep and nutrition, happiness and reproduction, drugs and addictions have on our brain and behavior? How do we understand the complex social world in which we forge the meaning of our existence? Why do social problems such as racism, sexism, ageism, and class oppression continue to plague society?
As you can see, psychology covers an immense area of human knowledge and practice – everything from the physical and chemical operations of the nervous system, to perception and learning and memory and development, to the complex interactions of the society and the individual.
Psychologists work in fields as diverse as the discipline itself. Psychologists engage in scientific research; they practice in psychotherapy and in counseling; they work in schools and clinics and hospitals; they are professors in universities and colleges.
Psychology courses are helpful – and even mandatory in some cases – to students studying philosophy, sociology, politics, literature, education, nursing, and early childhood development.
What could be more exciting than learning about who we are -- about the very nature of human nature? We hope you will join us in that adventure.