What Is Psychology?

Critical Thinking Questions

Why do you think psychology courses like this one are often requirements of so many different programs of study?


Psychology courses deal with a number of issues that are helpful in a variety of settings. The text made mention of the types of skills as well as the knowledge base with which students of psychology become familiar. As mentioned in the link to learning, psychology is often helpful/valued in fields in which interacting with others is a major part of the job.

Why do you think many people might be skeptical about psychology being a science?


One goal of psychology is the study of the mind. Science cannot directly study the mind, because it is not a form of matter or energy. This might create some skepticism about the scientific nature of psychology.