Goals of Psychology
General Psychology – PSY 102
July 16, 2011
The Four Goals of Psychology
Psychology is a science that was developed nearly two-thousand years ago. It was originally developed to study the brain and the effects a human brain has on a person’s behavior. It is the study of human nature. The foundations of psychology are the building blocks of what many people have come to rely on to understand how the brain functions. Psychologists attempt to explain and understand the mind and brain related to real life. They study processes of sense perception, thinking, learning, cognition, personality, behavior and emotions and motivations, abnormal behavior, interactions between individuals, and interactions with the environment. Psychology was designed from the roots of philosophy. Scientists began to study psychology in the late nineteenth century in an attempt to answer questions from philosophers about how the mind works. Psychology was born in the laboratory of Wilhelm Wundt in Germany in 1879. Wundt and his student, Edward Titchener, are said to be known to create the first school of psychology. Although psychology and studies have evolved over time, the foundations remain the same (Psychology and Your Life). There are four goals of Psychology that help in the development of Psychology. They are to describe, understand, predict and control behavior (Psychology and Your Life). These four goals have evolved over time to assist in curing and helping people overcome their psychological disorders. I will discuss these four goals in detail and provide examples of each. The first goal of Psychology is to describe behavior. Being able to describe behavior helps identify the problems and why they are happening. Psychologists try to figure out what is normal and what is abnormal behavior so they can help. For instance, if a client tells a Psychologist that they are afraid of...
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