3 May 2022


I'm sure we all know what psychology roughly is as a field of study. Taught in high school at the basic level of brain functionalities, emotional responses and the basics of human behaviour in general. In university/college, psychology branches out into more specific fields that can include studies for therapists, mental health workers and even things like economical advertising. While psychology might not be the most talked about topic, it is amazing to consider that psychology is probably the most prominent thing in our lives. Person to person interactions, individual thoughts, emotions, mental health, teaching, advertising, anything you can name probably boils down to the concept of psychology.

As something that is so important and prominent in our lives as a concept, it amazes me how little emphasis there is on students growing up and progressing through their school lives with such little information being taught along the way unless chosen to do so specifically. I feel with the average person having a much higher understanding of how the brain operates, how emotional responses develop, and the concept of trauma, would make people more empathetic, better listens and just overall better people. A lot of information about the field of psychology isn't so open as to just being able to pick it up on the spot. Experience and dealing with many scenarios does aid in learning new things about the human mind, but ultimately, I believe everyone should at least be taught the fundamentals of the human mind within school as a compulsory subject!

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I tend to agree the importance of Psychology should not be underestimated. It plays a key role In everything we do and the way we act, react and make decisions based one our own perceptions ,biases, and experiences that at times have unintended consequences. Great post
This is a great read! Psychology is an important subject and should definitely be taught in schools.
Funny that you mention this - One of the most useful courses I undertook in my undergrad Commerce degree was an intensive on how we make decisions. I had no idea about 'heuristics' and the myriad of human biases that can impact our decision-making. Now I've become a much better thinker. At the very least, I appreciate how people may have formed particular decisions. I come from a point of empathy and understanding (as you've rightly mentioned) rather than judgement.
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