Psychology : Psychology And Psychology

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Psychology is a broad field that studies the human mind, behavior and mental processes. However I was surprised to learn that psychology also refers to love, stress, wisdom, and more topics that allows one learn more about themself. There are four goals of psychology: describe, understand, predict, and control behavior. Not only is psychology a science, it is a profession. There are many different subfields that are related to the psychology field. Psychology can be split into a research field or a practice field. In the research field of psychology, one conducts research to discover and increase knowledge. Meanwhile, during the practice field knowledge is applied to solve problems. There are many theories that deal directly with psychology, however the theories of structuralism and functionalism deal with the basics of psychology. Structuralism analyzes the structure of mental life into basic elements, while functionalism studies behavior and mental abilities that help one adapt to the environment. The study of psychology has a major impact on society, because without the study of psychology there would be no understanding of the human mind or behavior. This would pose many questions as to why one may do certain things and act a certain way. Over the years psychology has evolved. In the beginning of the study of psychology, psychology was based on European and North American cultures. The question now posed is, are these psychological concepts universal? Can they be
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