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What is Psychology After taking Psychology 101 psychology means much more to me than it sit prior to taking the class At the beginning of the semester I was asked to define the word psychology and the best definition I could muster was simply the study of the mind and how it works After examining the large realm of the science of psychology I now realize that this definition was quite imcomplete My itinial definition simply covered the branch of psychology known as cognitive psychology and this is only one of many areas that are acutally included under the title psychology Many psychologists focus on more quantitative aspects than the function of the human mind There are several different areas that are more easily researched than that of the brains functionality An example would be behavioral psychology in which that o the brains fuctionailty An example would be behavioral psychology in shich the focus is put on observing behavior rather than on the processes going on inside the brain that invoke the subjects behavior This is just one of the many esample that illustrate this point and that maked developing a working definition of the term psychology extremely difficult to attain The range of topics that are considered psychology is very suprising to a newcomer in the field Everthing from determining which part are responsible for controlling certain senses to analyzing the influence of society on behavior and development is considered psychology Soi it is obvious that my original definition was extremely limited but it have now been vastly broadened In additon to recognizing the broad rage of topics that psycholo9gy covers I also realized that ther is large nuimber of different occupations a person trained in psychology can hold My original idea was taht a psychologitst was a person who dealtonly with psychoanalysis and I would imagine that this is a common misconception the possible careeer fields for a psychologitts is much greater than
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