A wonderful blog titled “Why Psychology Should Be Taught In Every School” (read here) got me thinking about why I think studying psychology is so valuable. Psychology is, in its most basic form, the scientific study of ourselves. This means that through the human psyche is so complex, we have tried to measure and understand it in an objective sense.
We have tried to understand behaviour and thoughts. For example, in this specific course, you will study why murders kill. In Raines et al’s study into murders who pleaded “Not Guilty For Reasons Of Insanity “, it was found that some murders have significant brain differences. For example, in the pre-frontal cortex of the murderers (when compared with carefully selected controls) there was little activity, suggesting a lack of impulse control and an increase of aggression when provoked. In addition, there was less activity in the corpus callosum meaning the two hemisheres were not communicating correctly. These findings have real-life implications, murders may face reduced jail time or stay in a hospital instead of a prision.
If psychology is used correctly, the benefits can be great. However, if research is carried out in an unethical fashion or mistakes are made, results can be devastating. Participants can be left confused and damaged. Results may be inaccurate and used for incorrect means.
However, studying psychology has major pros. It is a way of somewhat understanding ourselves and others. It is a way to bring understanding between societies. Psychology can teach us not to be so hard on ourselves. We are far from infallable, and our brain makes many mistakes daily to help process everything. That is okay, however, because we are just human.
To read another brilliant, extensive article on the benefits of psychology: Read Here
In its primary form, psychology studies people—who and what they are. It looks into why they act and think the way they do and how someone can improve himself or herself. Therefore, everything a person does is connected to the subject.
Psychology allows people to understand more about how the body and mind work together. This knowledge can help with decision-making and avoiding stressful situations. It can help with time management, setting and achieving goals, and living effectively.