Having a Background in Psychology

Post your response to the following: Psychology has many applications in our lives, both professionally and personally. How can having a background in psychology help you in your professional life? How can it help you in your personal life?

My goal in acquiring a degree in psychology is so that I can become certified to teach in the state of Texas. I chose this degree, rather than some business or medical degree because I think that my knowledge of psychology will help me better understand the young adults I will be teaching in school. Of particular importance will be the teachings on A.D.H.D. and disruptive behavior disorders. Sometimes I think that teachers are dumbfounded about their student’s behavior because they simply do not understand why they are acting that way. It helps to be able to put a name to the dysfunctional behavior. I will have that advantage over other teachers. I will probably have a better understanding of the complexities of why a student is being disruptive. On the other hand, several of the courses I have taken for this degree have helped me on a personal level. I particularly liked the positive psychology course. I think that course was geared more towards self-evaluation and self-help than psychology disorders. As I have been reading about all of these disorders I have been amazed at the lack of understanding when it comes to the environmental precursors involved in the development of the dysfunction. There are many times where the text just says something like, “This and that disorder is caused by some yet unknown environmental factors”. I think that at some point in my life I would enjoy further research into the environmental causes of certain psychological disorders.


Nevid, J.S., & Rathus, S.A. (2005). Psychology and the challenges of life: Adjustment in the new millennium (9th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.


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