Since it seems quite a few people ask themselves about this, I decided to enlighten them by answering to this very simple question – “What is Psychology?” – but we have to clear something out before that. Psychology and psychiatry may have some things in common, but there are also a few crucial differences between them, be sure to keep that in mind! No worries, we’ll talk about psychology vs. psychiatry some other time. Now, let’s get back to the question that must be answered, shall we?
Probably the shortest definition for psychology is the one saying this is “the science of mental life,” but if you want more than just that, here you go: “Psychology is the study of the mind and mental processes, especially in relation to behavior.” As you probably imagined already, there are a number of different fields in psychology, most of them having pretty obvious names, such as clinical/child/cognitive/social psychology… and it doesn’t stop here, this is only the beginning!
In the future, we’ll get to talk more about these fields, as well as various other topics that may concern you, including the differences between psychologists and psychiatrists, interpretation of various dreams and so on. We’ll always have two main goals in our minds: to help you as much as possible while keeping things short and simple, at the same time.
Oh, yeah – in case you think all the above is not enough and still can’t tell exactly what is psychology, you may want to take a look at the Wikipedia page dedicated to this topic. Just click here and… be sure not to fall asleep while reading it!