Understanding the psychodynamic view of modern psychology
By: Robert Grice
Psychodynamic psychology grew out of the work of Sigmund Freud. Freud’s theories, termed psychoanalysis, emphasized the role of the unconscious and conflicts between internal drives and impulses with social norms. Psychodynamic theory expanded on Freud’s perspectives on the inner world of the unconscious...
Understanding the humanistic view of modern psychology
By: Robert Grice
Humanistic psychology grew out of the positive views of human nature and human potential that were promoted in Classical Greek philosophy and in the Renaissance. Humanistic view of psychology rejects the negative view of human nature taught in religion. People are not innately “fallen&rdquo...
The difference between qualitative and quantitative social research
By: Jim McGrath
While many graduate students think of a formal research study as an exercise in quantitative analysis, there is a growing movement inspired by a new generation of scholars which is causing researchers to consider the option of conducting a study using qualitative analysis to gather...
Understanding culture and how it applies to psychology
By: Robert Grice
Psychology often focuses on the individual. However, there are cultural applications of psychology. The link between culture and psychology comes in two forms. Cultural psychology Applied psychology Cultural Psychology Cultural psychology focuses on the relationship that exists between the individual mind and one’s environment...
Understanding introspection in psychology
By: Robert Grice
The use of introspection as a technique began in the formative days of psychology. Introspection as a psychological and philosophical tool provides subjective insight into recent states of mind and cognitive processes. Introspection though subjective in nature is often assumed to be an accurate assessment...
Understanding functionalism in psychology
By: Robert Grice
The early days of psychology in the 19th century focused on the nature of the mind apart from metaphysical explanations. Two views developed early that attempted to expand the understanding of how the brain works. Structuralism focused on the “structure” of the brain and...
The basics of solution-focused theory in counseling
By: Robert Grice
One of the changes counseling has experienced in recent years is that most clients do not have the time or money to pursue innumerable counseling sessions. Often clients might commit to three or perhaps four before they are ready for life to resume some sense...
The origins of psychology
By: Robert Grice
Has psychology found a place in human existence? To some degree psychology has always found a place among human beings. Psychology in its purist form is a study of human nature. Why people do and function the way that they do? The possibilities fall under...
How to apply the scientific method to psychology
By: Robert Grice
The scientific method is an essential component in conducting psychological research. The goal with psychological research is to produce findings that have credibility in the scientific community. The terms often used for credibility are validity and reliability. Validity means the study actually measures what it...
An introduction to social psychology
By: Helping Psychology
Social psychology is a branch of psychology that studies how individuals think, feel about and affect one another’s thoughts, emotions and conduct. It analyzes the ways in which social circumstances and personal interpretations influence an individual’s behavior in a group setting. In a...

 

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