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Why Psychology is Important



David Webb (Owner, writer & host of All-About-Psychology.Com)


why psychology is important

"Psychology is the scientific study of people, the mind and behavior. It is both a thriving academic discipline and a vital professional practice." (British Psychological Society)


As can be seen form the definition above, one of the main reasons why psychology is important, is that it helps us to understand and explain human behavior. It is a discipline that seeks to understand how people think, feel, and behave, and how they are affected by various factors, including their environment, biology, and culture. Psychology is, therefore, important because it helps us to better understand ourselves and others.


Psychology can also be applied to a wide range of practical problems and situations. For example, psychology can help us to understand why some people are more prone to anxiety or depression. Exploring how to cope with depression can offer further insights into these feelings, enriching our comprehension of human behavior and coping strategies. Additionally, it sheds light on why some individuals might engage in risky or self-defeating behavior.


Another reason why psychology is important is that it helps us to understand and address mental health issues. Mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse, can have a significant impact on an individual's quality of life and overall well-being. By studying psychology, we can learn more about the causes of mental health problems and how to effectively treat and manage them. For example, cognitive-behavioral therapy is a popular form of treatment that is based on psychological principles and has been shown to be effective in treating a range of mental health conditions.


Psychology is also important because it can help us to understand and improve social relationships. By studying how people communicate, interact, and form relationships, we can learn more about what makes relationships work and how to improve them. For example, psychology can help us to understand why some people are more successful at building and maintaining friendships and romantic relationships than others, and it can also provide insights into how to resolve conflicts and improve communication in relationships.


In addition to its practical applications, psychology is also important because it helps us to better understand the human experience. By studying psychology, we can gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be human and how we perceive and interpret the world around us. This can be particularly important for helping us to understand and empathize with others, and it can also help us to develop more insight into our own thoughts and behaviors.


In summary then, why psychology is important, is because it is a crucial and multifaceted discipline that plays a vital role in helping us to understand ourselves and others, as well as helping address and inform a wide range of practical problems and situations. Whether you are seeking to improve your mental health, improve your relationships, or simply gain a deeper understanding of the human experience, psychology can be an invaluable resource.


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Great Quotes Explaining Why Psychology is Important


"We need to speak out about the psychological mechanisms implicated in some of our major social problems: inequality, injustice, abuse, war, terrorism, and climate change. And we need to offer practical solutions. The point of psychology is not merely to observe, but to do something useful." Professor Peter Kinderman


"Human nature is not an object for curiosity merely. It is the source of all our enjoyments, the sum of all our powers. It is the great artist to which poetry, eloquence, history, philosophy, and all the arts and sciences, owe their existence. It is the grand instrument of feeling to which life owes all its interest. It is, in a word, that which makes us to be what we are. It is our very selves. The study of it, therefore, cannot but be deeply interesting." John Gibson Macvicar


"The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best." Paul Valéry


"I think psychology is the most interesting of all fields. It's the most interesting because it's about us. It's about the most important and intimate aspects of our lives. It's about language and perception, it's about our memory of things. It's about our dreams, love and hate. It's about morality, our sense of right and wrong. It's about when things go wrong as in depression, our anxiety. It's about happiness. It's about everything that matters to us." Paul Bloom, PH.D.


About The Author



David Webb is the owner, writer and host of three websites built around his teaching and research interests; including All-About-Psychology.Com which receives over two million visits a year.


A passionate promoter of psychology through social media, over 850,000 people follow his psychology Facebook page and he is featured on the British Psychological Society list of the 100 most followed psychologists and neuroscientists on Twitter.


A bestselling author, his published work includes: The Psychology Student Guide - The Incredibly Interesting Psychology Book and, On This Day in Psychology.

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