Psychology is the science of mind and behaviour. It is the scientific study of how people (and sometimes animals) behave and how their minds work.
Psychologists try to step away from themselves, from their own humanity, and examine without bias what it means to be human. Just as marine biologists attempt to study and understand marine life, so too do psychologists attempt to study and understand humans. This is one of the reasons that psychology is so popular. After all, who doesn’t like to learn about themselves?
Psychologists use the same methods as other scientists. They aim to find out about human behaviour by conducting research.
To be successful as a psychologist you need to develop three types of thinking:
- Critical thinking – looking for strengths and weaknesses, particularly in studies and theories
- Creative thinking – designing studies and coming up with your own explanations for psychological phenomena
- Practical thinking – applying psychological knowledge and ideas to explain real life