10/10/2006

What is Psychology?

Psychology is a scientific discipline -- the study of human behavior.
Psychologists study the biological, physiological and genetic causes of behavior, as well as the emotional, social, and developmental factors involved.

In general, psychology is concerned with how people perceive the world around them and how they react to it, how they grow and how they learn, and how they relate to others and function in groups.

In other words, psychology is about how people think, feel, and behave.

As a profession, psychology involves the application of knowledge. We take what we learn from scholarship and research, and apply that knowledge to the problems and challenges faced by groups and individuals.

Most people encounter our discipline through the work of a clinical psychologist, a professional who is concerned with helping people live healthy and productive lives - someone who helps people solve problems of living or resolve mental health problems.

Copyright, Paul G. Mattiuzzi,Ph.D.