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Contemporary Psychology: Written Analysis.

A brief overview of contemporary psychology through Q and A style article. An article that definitely will uplift your psychic abilities. Enjoy!!


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Dedrick C.

2 years ago | 4 min read

The primary purpose of psychology is… to understand individuals' mental and behavioral processes and why people act the way they do, do what they do, or have a mental illness. Also, psychology helps us understand the brain and how it correlates with the body; more importantly, psychology promotes well-being and optimal brain performance and improves health. What psychologists try to accomplish is to be able to precisely predict human behavior and mental process that occur in an individual that is caused by internal and external factors. Psychologists, in simpler terms, help people overcome mental barriers and try to find ways to approve them.

2. The key question(s) at the heart of psychology is/are … Is psychology a science? What exactly is science should be the first question before trying to answer or categorize something as a science. The denotation of science is knowledge attained through study or practice,” or “knowledge covering general truths of the operation of general laws, esp. as obtained and tested through scientific method [and] concerned with the physical world.” Since in psychology you are studying variables, people, and natural phenomena through test and the “trial and error” then psychology is a science. But on the other hand, there a rigorous requirement required for a field to be scientific. Or even considered scientific. To be for psychology to be a science it needs “clearly defined terminology, quantifiability, highly controlled experimental conditions, reproducibility and, finally, predictability and testability.” You cannot test levels of sadness, and most psychology is empirical and not based on or backed by knowledge. Looking from both sides, psychology is in the middle, but for the most part, it is still a science or a “social science.” This question remains indeed unanswered, but soon, hopefully, we can categorize it as a science… or not. But some psychologists think that since sometimes in psychology, you study someone or something without even using science, it is still questionable and a dead-end whether psychology is “actual “science.

3. The most essential information in psychology is… Psychology is very diverse and intricate and has many subfields, such as clinical psychology, health psychology, behaviorist people, philosophical attachments such as sensationalism, positivism, and many different viewpoints from many other people in the field. But now, the most critical information in psychology is that in contemporary psychology, on page 643 of our textbook An Introduction to the History of Psychology, states, “What distinguishes modern psychology from psychology during the period when schools existed in the current relatively peaceful coexistence of psychologist holding dissimilar views.” With this, there is no division among psychologists, and psychologists can work together to learn more about psychology and everything associated with it. This is very important because if the schools could have worked together instead of staying separate, the progression in psychology would have been or could have been a lot more efficient

4. The critical concept(s) we need to understand in psychology is (are)… Eclecticism & Modernism. By these concepts, psychologists mean… The book defines eclecticism as “The willingness to employ the most effective methods available in solving a problem.” With schools in the early stages of psychology being separated, there was no way for them to come together and come up with solutions. But psychologists can come together as they do now and expand the field more. Modernism, defined in the textbook on page 664, is “The belief that improvement in human conditions can come about only by understanding and applying the abstract, universal principles that govern the universe (including human behavior) in the search for these principles, unbiased rationality, and empirical observation was emphasized. The period during which the belief prevailed is called Enlightenment. This is also important and brings back the question of psychology being a science, but to understand ourselves, we must understand what’s around us.

5. The main inferences in psychology are… If we understand our mind, we can understand ourselves better, live better, innovate better, and most importantly, understand our world better, metaphysical and superficial. Also, putting more emphasis and attention on Psychobiology would considerably push psychology toward breaking barriers on the scientific side of things. To add, the psychologist also always uses non-scientific studies to show it’s more than just science with psychology.

6.The central assumption(s) underlying psychologists’ thinking is (are)… For the most part, psychologists aren’t considering that psychology is more a science than a Social science. Only observable behavior and the psychological process should be tested because they can be seen. Anything that can’t be seen, thoroughly proven, and or subject to be able to be put in a test is not relevant. That said, many theories and laws applied to psychology are assumptions. In psychology, you must consider all factors since they cannot be scientifically proven or shown in real-time.

7. The main point(s) of view presented in psychology is (are)… In simpler terms, psychologists are looking for solutions to, in a way, “ cure” the brain so that people will have average optimal performances and behaviors and have good mental health. Also, psychologists are looking at the why instead of how. The reason being if you understand the why you would know the how. If you understand why a person’s behavior is the way it is, you can see how they act. (I know this may not make sense, but it does.)

8A. If people take seriously what this field is saying, some crucial implications are… People will become more aware of psychology’s importance.

8B. If we fail to accept what psychologists say, some important implications are… One sense is that people will not take mental health, mental illnesses, and other psychological processes seriously. Aside from that, people would not understand how integral psychology is today and how it has helped us, whether it is field-related or in our everyday lives. Psychology is more than a science; if people do not understand or take it seriously, the consequences are detrimental.

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Dedrick C. is an indie author, ghostwriter, content creator, and artist expressing his perspectives through evocative literary artistry in all genres and literary works.


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