Psychology In Everyday Life

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7/10/2009 Sarah Burn Psychology in everyday life Psychological ideas are used frequently in everyday life. They can be found in the media or discussed with your friends or even strangers. Psychological research findings are regularly found on TV, radio, internet and in newspapers. You come across all sorts of different kinds of psychological information; such as origins of behaviour, consciousness the brain and emotions. These are always under debate in many different countries. These public debates help us to make psychology a visible part of everyday life. Media coverage can confuse us when wanting to find out about psychology. Psychological knowledge can be presented in number of different ways. Common sense • Ideas have long been presented in the media; a good illustration of this kind of common sense is the topic of leadership. Gordon Brown is prime minister of Britain; he is regularly under discussion in the media. • He is commonly talked about in everyday language; the media often raises questions on; leadership qualities, is he good at his job? Is he fit to rule the country? His failing as a leader. His private life. • The media can also present dubious interpretations of psychology, they are largely drawn upon to support arguments that journalists want to make. • Recently in many countries there are books, radio programmes, articles and TV series that deal with psychological research and debate in a serious manner. • The public attack recently on Gordon Brown has raised many questions for the public by the media. • People will now know that he has had a rough time and battled to save the sight in one eye and lost it in the other as a result of the rugby
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