Psychology has been the fastest growing student discipline in recent years and in Why Psychology? the unique essence, attraction and diversity of the subject is introduced for the uninitiated in an accessible and attractive way. It will be suitable for school students considering studying psychology in college or university, for those considering a change in career, for parents, careers officers and others who advise students of all ages. It will also be required reading for anyone who has ever wondered just what psychology involves but was not sure where to find out. Why Psychology? will be the starting point for a whole generation of new psychologists at the stage where they are asking the fundamental question about their academic future -- which subject should I study? It provides an intelligent and accessible answer as to why psychology might be for them. What it means to study and practise psychology is explained in this introduction to an often misunderstood field. It provides a broad view of the scope of psychology and shows its rich diversity and depth in an accessible introductory style. The book is intended for "A"-level students considering their degree options; careers advisors; degree-level students with a subsidiary choice to make; and general low-level psychology market.
Common Sense Views and Misconceptions about Psychology. Background and History of Psychology. Major Research Methods in Psychology. What Goes on in Psychology. Uses and Possible Abuses of Psychology. Taking Things Further.