Essay on The Four Primary Goals Of Psychology

753 Words Jun 1st, 2016 4 Pages
1. Define psychology as a field of study, and identify psychology’s four primary goals. Also explore how these four goals can be used to successfully navigate an issue in one 's life.

Psychology,according to the book Psychology by Ciccarelli and White, is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Psychology.org describes it as the scientific study of the mind and behavior. They go on to say that Psychology is a multifaceted discipline and includes many sub-fields of study such areas as human development, sports, health, clinical, social behavior and cognitive processes. Basically psychology is an observation and study of what is happening,why it is happening, and what happens after. Psychology is about predicting and controlling behavior, learning to be a critical thinker. It is a quest to understanding life.

The four primary goals of psychology are as follows:

DESCRIPTION: WHAT IS HAPPENING? This is the first step. You have to find a specific aspect of life to study. This is often something that is noticed that intrigues you. For an example let 's say that you are having a yard sale. You get many customers, then you realize you have not seen any male shoppers. Everyone who shopped at your sale was a woman. This is an example of something that is noticed and could be studied. It could also be something you observe in nature, such as birds nesting in only one tree in a yard of ten trees. It could be something you notice in yourself, perhaps you noticed…

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