Welcome To Psychology
What is Psychology?
Psychology is the study of mind and behaviour. Why do people behave in the way that they do? Psychologists are always attempting to provide reasons for our behaviour through a number of approaches. These approaches are; biological, behaviourist, cognitive, psychodynamic and humanistic. The course uses these approaches to explain the same behaviours in a number of different ways (both biological and psychological).
- Why do people commit criminal acts?
- Why do people develop schizophrenia and other mental disorders?
- What are the implications of lack of attachments in childhood?
- What are the implications of labelling people with mental illness?
- Which therapies are effective for mental illness?
- How does the brain work and what is its role in our behaviour?
- Why are people so blindly obedient to authority figures?
- How does social change occur?
- How can early childhood impact our adult future?
These are just some the questions we study in Psychology. Psychology does not claim to have all of the answers but each theory plays a role in explaining our human behaviour. The more we understand about our behaviour, the better we come to understand human nature, to develop effective therapies to help those with mental illness and develop better strategies to help people engage in more positive behaviour.