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What is Psychology?

The word Psychology comes from the ancient Greek word “Psyche” which means the “soul” or “mind” and logos which means “study”. Thus the study of psychology involves the study of mind. It is the study of perception memory, emotions, motives and attitudes. Over the years, many psychologists and scientists have tried to unveil the secrets of the human mind.

Area of Specialisations

  • Educational Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Industrial Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

When Can I Enroll for Psychology Career?





BA /B. Sc [Psychology/ Psychotherapy] / B.H. Sc [Human Development]

HSC [Any Stream]

HSC [Science – for Home Science in some Universities]

3 Yrs.

No Exam

MA/M Sc/ M.H. Sc

[Psychology/ Psychotherapy]

BA/B. Sc [Psychology/ Psychotherapy] / B.H. Sc [Human Development]/ BSW

2 Yrs.

Autonomous Exam

P.G. Diploma [Counseling / Guidance & Counseling / Vocational & Rehabilitation Counseling/ Medical & Social Psychology]

Graduate [any stream]/BA /B. Sc/ B.H. Sc/ BSW/ BHMS/ B. Ed. / MA/ M Sc [Human Development/ Psychology/ Psychotherapy]

1-2 Yrs.

Autonomous Exam

Ph. D.

MA/ M. Sc/ M.H. Sc/ M. Phil [Psychology & related field]

5-7 Yrs.

Autonomous Exam

What Personality Traits Are Required in Psychology Field?

  • Ability to deal effectively with people
  • Ability to lead and inspire others
  • Ability to work independently
  • Emotional stability and maturity
  • Excellent observation and listening skills
  • Patience and perseverance
  • Sensitivity and compassion

What Aptitudes Is Required to Become a Psychologist?

  • Above Average Abstract Reasoning
  • Above Average Closure Ability
  • Average Numerical Ability
  • Above Average Verbal Ability

IQ Required for Being a Psychologist?

Minimum Above Average intelligence along with hard work & consistency is preferred.

Job Prospects for a Psychologist

  • Community Health Centers or Clinics
  • Consultancy Firms
  • Counseling & Guidance Organizations
  • Defence Services
  • Educational/Vocational Guidance Firms
  • Government Social Welfare Department
  • Helplines
  • Hospitals/ Industries
  • Market Research Organisations
  • Mental Asylums
  • Mental Health Organisations
  • NGO’s
  • Web portals

Frequently Asked Questions for Psychology

1. What is psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes, aiming to understand thoughts, emotions, motivations, and how individuals interact with their environment.

2. What do psychologists do?

Psychologists research and analyze human behavior, provide therapy and counseling, conduct experiments, diagnose and treat mental disorders, and contribute to various fields such as education, healthcare, and business.

3. What are the different branches of psychology?

Psychology includes branches like clinical psychology, counseling psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, and more, each focusing on specific aspects of human behavior.

4. How can I become a psychologist?

To become a psychologist, you typically need a graduate degree (master’s or doctorate) in psychology, followed by supervised clinical experience and, in some cases, licensure or certification.

5. What is the role of psychology in mental health?

Psychology plays a crucial role in understanding, diagnosing, and treating mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.

6. Can psychology help in personal growth and self-improvement?

Yes, psychology provides insights into personal development, improving relationships, building resilience, managing stress, and enhancing overall well-being.

7. Is psychology only about therapy?

No, psychology spans various fields, including research, education, clinical practice, organizational consulting, sports psychology, forensic psychology, and more.

8. How does psychology impact education?

Psychology influences teaching methods, curriculum development, student motivation, and understanding factors that affect learning and academic success.

9. What role does psychology play in the workplace?

Psychology is used in organizational settings to improve employee morale, enhance productivity, manage conflicts, and optimize team dynamics.

10. What are common psychological therapies?

Common therapies include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), psychoanalysis, humanistic therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and family therapy.

11. Is psychology based on scientific research?

Yes, psychology relies on scientific research methods, including experimentation, surveys, observations, and data analysis, to study and understand human behavior.

12. Can psychology help in understanding criminal behavior?

Yes, forensic psychology applies psychological principles to understand criminal behavior, evaluate witnesses, and assist in legal proceedings.

13. What is positive psychology?

Positive psychology focuses on the study of well-being, positive emotions, strengths, and factors that contribute to a fulfilling and meaningful life.

14. How does psychology impact advertising and consumer behavior?

Psychology informs advertising strategies by understanding consumer motivations, decision-making processes, and the psychological factors that influence purchasing behavior.

15. Is psychology relevant to understanding cultural differences?

Yes, cross-cultural psychology examines how cultural factors shape behavior, beliefs, values, and communication patterns among individuals from diverse backgrounds.

16. Can psychology help in coping with trauma?

Yes, trauma-focused therapies help individuals process and cope with traumatic experiences, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

17. Is psychology only for individuals with mental health issues?

No, psychology is for anyone seeking personal growth, improved relationships, better communication skills, stress management, and a deeper understanding of themselves and others.

18. How can I find a qualified psychologist?

You can find qualified psychologists through recommendations from healthcare professionals, online directories, psychology associations, or referrals from friends and family.

Psychology offers a comprehensive exploration of the human mind and behavior, influencing various aspects of our lives, from mental health and education to workplace dynamics and personal development. Its diverse applications make it an essential discipline for understanding ourselves and the world around us.

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