The Diversity of Psychology Descriptive Essay by gnossos

The Diversity of Psychology
An introduction to psychology as a career.
# 153620 | 1,284 words | 5 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Jul 22, 2013 in Psychology (General)

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The paper explains that in the most simple terms, psychology strives to fully understand what makes us do what we do, think what we think and feel what we feel. The paper looks at the training for a career in psychology, the work settings available, the type of counseling issues dealt with and the methods, assessments and treatments used by psychologists. The paper points out the dark side of psychology and includes this author's personal reflection on a psychology career.

Training for a Career in Psychology
A Day in the Life
Specific Counseling Issues in Psychology
Methods of Diagnosis and Treatment
The Dark Side of Psychology
Personal Reflection

From the Paper:

"A career in psychology requires a keen and genuine interest in the study of people as fascinating individuals, not mere medical case studies. A psychologist is not just someone with whom to talk out your problems. Much more than simply a person to divulge all your deepest, darkest secrets, a profession in psychology depends on the ability to scientifically analyze and solve problems in addition to the possession of a finely tuned listening ear.
"Though psychology is at its heart a science, it could perhaps be thought of as more soulful and less clinical in many ways. This is due to the approach that it is not merely a collection of facts to be understood, memorized and regurgitated. Peter Gray's Psychology (2011) is quite possibly one of the most widely known textbooks to testify to the concept of psychology as more of a human science, constantly evolving and metamorphosing rather than being some solid set of abstract facts carved in stone.
"Many people think of a person lying on a couch talking through their problems when they think of going to a psychologist. Despite popular belief, psychology's primary focus is on research and development. According to Gray (2011, p. 1) humans have been seeking to quell a curiosity to figure out what makes our brains tick since the beginning of time. In the most simple of terms, psychology strives to fully understand what makes us do what we do, think what we think and feel what we feel."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cheshire, K. & Pilgrim, D. (2004) A Short Introduction to Clinical Psychology.London: Sage Publications, Ltd.
  • Gray, P. (2011) Psychology: 6th ed. New York, NY: Worth Publishers.
  • N/A, Canadian Psychological Association. (2013) "What is a Psychologist?".<>
  • Rathus, S. (2013) Psychology: Concepts & Connections, Brief Version, 9th ed.Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.
  • Wade, C. & Tavris, C. (2008) Invitation to Psychology: 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.

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