Psychology : Psychology And Social Psychology

1398 Words Apr 8th, 2016 6 Pages
What could be more fascinating and more important than taking time to study and to comprehend the human brain? Why is it that some people prefer apples to oranges? Why can some people place a name to every face, while others struggle to even remember his own address? Why is laughter considered to be contagious? These questions are only a few of the many that a psychologist may strive to answer in his lifetime. Psychology is a very broad topic in general, and is easily broken down into two main categories: experimental psychology and social psychology. These two categories of psychology can be broken down further into many subcategories such as the following: clinical psychology, forensic psychology, and sports psychology. Both of these broad categories, nevertheless, share the same end goal, which is to understand the human mind and its functions. Psychology defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary is: “The science of mind and behavior; the mental or behavioral characteristics of an individual or group; the study of mind and behavior in relation to a particular field of knowledge or activity.”

Clinical psychology defined is:” the branch of psychology concerned with the assessment and treatment of mental illness and disability.” Clinical psychologists help individuals to overcome obstacles that may be the cause of their unhappiness. With the exception of New Mexico and Louisiana, a clinical psychologist is not permitted to prescribe medication to his patient, but rather…
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