The Diverse Nature of Psychology

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The Diverse Nature of Psychology

Nicole Celencevicius

Capstone Course in Psychology/Psy490

September, 26, 2011
Dr. Susan Ellis-Slavich

The Diverse Nature of Psychology

Psychological is a very diverse field. The field of psychology is broken into four major theoretical perspectives; the psychodynamic perspective, the humanistic perspective, the cognitive-behavioral perspective, and the family systems perspective (Plante, 2011). In addition to major theoretical perspectives, psychology is comprised of many subdisciplines and subcategories. Subcategories and subtopics within psychology are often applied to other disciplines and venues in contemporary society further adding to the diversity of the field. The concepts and subtopics within the field of psychology tie into personal theoretical perspectives; in my case, the cognitive-behavioral perspective. Psychology is an invaluable tool which can be used outside of the classroom setting in professional, health, and social aspects. The following paper will further examine the diversity of the field of psychology and how the field of psychology ties into my personal perspective and life.

What once began as a thought by ancient Greek philosophers such as Socrates evolved into psychology as is it known today and beyond. Psychology is broken into many different perspectives. The main perspectives in psychology are: the psychodynamic perspective, the humanistic perspective, the cognitive-behavioral perspective, and the family systems perspective. Although each perspective is an off shoot of psychology, each theoretical perspective has its own approach to understanding the human brain, uncovering behavior, and treatment methods. The core theoretical perspectives in the field of psychology gave birth to subdisciplines such as environmental psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, abnormal psychology, clinical psychology, school psychology, and cognitive-behavioral psychology. The theoretical...
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