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INTRODUCTION The study of the way people think and behave is called psychology The field of psychology has a number of sub-disciplines devoted to the study of the different levels and contexts of human thought and behavior Social psychology for example deals with human thought and action in a social context while physiological psychology is concerned with thought and behavior at the level of neurology Another division of psychology comparative psychology compares the thought and behavior of humans with that of other species Abnormal psychology studies atypical thought and action Psychology is an interdisciplinary science Social psychology for example involves both sociology and anthropology Abnormal psychology has much in common with psychiatry while physiological psychology builds on the techniques and methods of neurology and physiology It is evident that psychological methods are being increasingly used in daily events Employment for example in Europe more companies are subjecting potential personnel to psychological profile checks and psychological tests during interviews Even our social lives are becoming affected People who are seeking the right partner are using psychological techniques to establish the emotional state of their potential partners As psychology becomes more and more accessible and understandable to more people I feel that it will begin to influence our lifestyles more From a personal stand point this has been a very difficult exercise This is a new area for me so I have been unable to write from a professional or work experience perspective only from a purely academic view PSYCHOLOGY Psychology literally means study of the mind Psychology as a separate discipline is usually dated from 1879 when Wundt opened the first psychology laboratory devoted to the analysis of conscious thought into its basic elements structuralism It is understood that structuralism was founded by Wilhelm Wundt What made this new psychology different from philosophy was the emphasis on measurement and control The application of some of the basic scientific method to the study of
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