What Can Psychology Teach Us About Human Development?

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PSYCHOLOGY ESSAY
WHAT CAN PSYCHOLOGY TEACH US ABOUT HUMAN DEVELOPMENT?

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INTRODUCTION
Psychology evolved out of both philosophy and biology. Discussions on the two

subjects date as far back as the early Greek thinkers such as Aristotle and Socrates.

The word psychology is derived from the Greek word ‘psyche’ meaning ‘soul’ or

‘mind’. Psychology is both an applied and academic field, that is the scientific study

Of behaviour and experience. Research into psychology helps us to understand and

explain out thoughts, emotions and behaviour. It can be applied to both living

organisms animal and human-life. Psychology is massive topic, and has many theories

This essay just looks at one of these theories, which is the
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If our “ego” is not healthy life can be tough, and we may find it

hard to manage our feelings, make healthy decisions, or think through our problems.

Psychotherapy can help us strengthen our ego and explore all the parts of our mind.

As we begin to understand all the parts of our mind, our ego can develop and become

stronger and more supportive. Freud developed the term “superego”- which literally

means above the “ego”. The concept of the “superego” belongs to the

Psychoanalytical school of therapy and refers to the critical part of our mind(Nicky

Hayes 1993 p.111). This part of our mind is driven by or learned from our parents or

primary caregivers. Beliefs that we learn, thoughts and behaviour reside in this part of

the mind.

The study of human development is a rich and varied subject. We all have personal

experiences with development, but it is sometimes difficult to understand how and

Why people grow, learn, and act as they do. Developmental psychology seeks to

Understand, explain, and predict behaviours that occur throughout our lifespan. In

Order to understand human development, a number of different developmental

theories have arisen by different people throughout history which explain various

aspects of human growth, Sigmund Freud is just one of these people. Throughout

psychology’s history, a number of different thoughts have arisen which have