PSY 400: Defining Social Psychology

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Defining Social Psychology Brandi K. Keller PSY/400 March 20, 2013 Dr. Timothy Doty Defining Social Psychology Throughout the years each field of science and each discipline relating to psychology has had to fight to prove its point and its relevance to the field; therefore, making each field of psychology worthy of its place within the science and academic communities. One of the many behaviors observed during this trial has been the way people think, influence, and relate to others otherwise known as social psychology. Friends, family, and collogues influence each other, which can be either a positive or a negative influence. How each person thinks and relates to these influences is what determines if the influence will be a positive…show more content…
First, clinical psychology is the study of mental illnesses, abnormal behavior, psychiatric problems, diagnosis, prevention, and the treatment of said disorders (Cherry, 2010). Clinical psychology is the largest specialty area within psychology (cherry, 2010). Even though many clinical psychologists perform psychotherapy with their clients, other options within the clinical psychology approach include teaching for a university, assisting with programs provided to the public, or also can conduct research (Cherry,…show more content…
For example people live their lives every day as though, they are constantly being evaluated or observed. A simple task can be improved or impaired by the abilities of an individual depending on his or her mindset and the social climate he or she is in at that particular moment (Myers, 2010). Understanding how and why allows social psychologist to help better their clients to achieve his or her goals, or to have a more level thought process when starting each new day. A negative influence in one part of a person’s life can change or halt another part of his or her life without the individual being conscious of this change or halt in his or her behavior. Therefore, the role of research in social psychology is for people to understand how each person thinks, influence, and relates to others such as peers, family members, collogues as well as the general public. In conclusion, social psychology is a field that has proven that it can stand on its own whether in an academic or a science setting; thus, social psychology shows just how individual’s think about, influence, and relate to others (Myers, 2010). After much research one can only come to the fast conclusion that social psychology is indeed a strong and reliable field. After seeing the many differences between social
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