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Insights into your course – The value it adds

Life through eyes of a Psychology student

Being a student pursuing Psychology as the main subject of study, it is amusing to see how beautifully the little concepts help in understanding human anatomy. It is a privilege that I have the opportunity to study this subject that helps in conceptualizing the rational motive of an organism. In day to day life, the concepts I learn help me to understand social behavioral patterns.

“Man can alter his life by altering his thinking.” -William James

The term Psychology was derived from the Greek word ‘psyche’ and ‘logos’. Psyche means soul or mind and logos means science or study. Philosophers defined Psychology as ‘Science of Mind’. On a more basic level it means manipulating human mind to adapt to a prosocial or more acceptable behavior. Let us take the concept of ‘Effects of Framing’ for instance. How will the parent ensure that the child cleans the room before dinner? In Case One let’s say the parent says, “No dinner for you until you don’t clean the room.” However in Case Two the parent says, “You’re invited to the dinner table as soon as you clean your room.” Now, in both the cases, the primary goal stays the same but a little manipulation of words changes the essence and the attitude of the sentence. The Case Two parenting attitude would help in the development of healthy parent-child relationship. Another example can be – supposedly, a child is Hyperactive, instead of calling him so, he can be called as a Super Energetic child or if a child is Lazy, he can be called as an overly thoughtful child.

Improved Communication Skills

Mere learning this subject, a drastic improvement in communication skills can be seen. By developing an understanding of these findings of every individual, we can attain better intrapersonal and interpersonal communication skills. Understanding the psychology of human interactions also makes it possible to avoid potential pitfalls that can lead to communication breakdown. For instance; Eye contact, body gestures, can have a strong influence on the opposite person. Hitler was a very strong orator and had a huge following because of his powerful style of communication. So is the reach of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. His style of communication has helped him win hearts and accolades.

Better Understanding of Self

Psychology can help you understand how and why you feel as you do. It enables us to understand the connectivity between thoughts and actions. For example; Introspection is a powerful way of self-analysis and self-improvement. I personally take out at least 7-10 minutes in the entire day to evaluate – How better could I have dealt with the situation? What were the things I shouldn’t have done? How could I improve myself?

Enhanced Understanding of Others

Psychology opens the window into the actions of others. It enables us to understand human drives behind human actions which can make it easy to comprehend seemingly incomprehensible behavior. It improves the ability to assist others in dealing with emotional hardships or empathize with those struggling with a dilemma. For example; let us consider a situation where two kids are colouring a picture. Just when the first child was about to take a blue colour the other child takes it. The first child continues to believe that the other child took the colour (purposely) just when he wanted it and thus behaves aggressively with the other child. Where in the reality might paint a very different picture. The other child took the colour because he was colouring the river. Similarly if we pay a close conscious attention to our surrounding we will better understand another’s situation.

Stronger Conflict Resolution

By knowing the reasons behind people’s action, it becomes easy to solve conflict. When we are already aware as to how a person is going to react in a particular situation, we can be prepared well in advance, to deal with it. For example; two friends decide to go out for a vacation. One friend wants to go to Switzerland and the other friend chooses Hawaii. Now there is a conflict between them. But detailed observation would show that this problem can be easily solved. The reason behind going to Switzerland was mountains and that of Hawaii’s beaches. They could thus pick a destination which has both mountains and beaches say Greece. They could go to Greece and enjoy mountains, beaches and islands.

“Psychology is the science of human behavior and the things that happen in the mind to create it. It’s a subject that fascinates almost everyone because we all have notions of what’s normal and what’s not.” -David Watson

In primary form Psychology studies people – who and what they are. Everything a person does is connected to the subject they study. Psychology allows people to understand more about how body and mind work together – as a whole. This insight can help in decision making and avoiding stressful situations. For instances: Aggression. It was a general tendency for me to aggress, if things did not work out the way I wanted them to. But after understanding the causes of aggression, the psyche of the other person involved in the conflict; it helped me to deal with such situations in a matured manner. I wouldn’t say that I don’t get angry at all, but now definitely with constant introspection I’m sure I don’t make a chaos (which I earlier did). I’m at peace with myself. I try to evaluate what the other person might be going through.

“Studying Psychology is fun because you’re always looking for the same things I think the writer should be looking for, which is the story behind the story.”  -Chris Cleave

I can personally testify to the importance of the subject. Psychology has helped me as a writer because I have become determined to write on the topics I like. I can understand who I am and look at events in a more positive aspect. It has kept me motivated. It has helped me become a better communicator. In crisis, I can handle any situation better. Psychology helps me take better rational decisions in my own life. It has enhanced the person in me. It has changed my perspective in life, perspective of life. It has kept me grounded and surrounded me by vibes of positivity. It has helped me create a life that is good not only outside but inside. After all, it all depends on how we look at things.

“It’s all in the mind”  -George Harrison

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Taru Shah

Mar 31, 2017

Well explained.... Good content..

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Nidhi Doshi

Mar 31, 2017

Well done:)

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Nevil Gala

Mar 31, 2017

Could connect to your content...Well written.

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daksha ruparel

Mar 31, 2017

Good article. Keep it up Delcy

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Shaurya Manoj

Mar 31, 2017

Nice article and perfectly written. All the best dels!

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girish shah

Mar 31, 2017

A very interesting topic☺

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Jaydeep Purkar

Mar 31, 2017

Really well written Delcy! I like the example you gave of Hitler. And yes communication is without a doubt the most important thing these days, and by learning simple tweaks we can get our worked done without stressing both the parties. Good luck for the competition!

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Anandita Mehta

Apr 01, 2017

Well written article. Psychology explained with a new perspective. Keep it up.

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Monil Mehta

Apr 01, 2017

Well written. Psychology explained in a very simple layman language. Moreover examples made the topic much more interesting. Great work

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Vedraj Mestry

Apr 01, 2017

Nice article.. very well written.. Keep up..

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Samir Gala

Apr 01, 2017

Very well written, proud of you, keep it up ,God bless you

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Jill Khimsiya

Apr 01, 2017

The article is amazing...! And the examples given by you are seriously up to the point...! Well done...! Atb...!

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Ruchak Shah

Apr 01, 2017

Changing minds towards psychology..! Truely deserving article...well written ☺

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Henil

Apr 01, 2017

Your writing inspires me.You write how I feel, even if I can’t express it. Amazing article. Keep it up.

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Tushar Khot

Apr 01, 2017

Good going! Keep writing! #inspired

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Purvi Bheda

Apr 01, 2017

It was well-written and contained sound, practical advice. You pointed out several things that I will remember for years to come. I look forward to reading your next informative work.

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renuka shah

Apr 01, 2017

Amazing article.. Eye opener and beautifully articulated.. Creating awareness about physchology.. Kudos

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Hirak Gada

Apr 01, 2017

Very well written and simple to relate with everyone's life.. well done delcy

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MINAL PASAD

Apr 02, 2017

This was cool. Beautiful write up. Would like to read more if any?

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Neel

Apr 02, 2017

Brilliantly written and expressed dear !! Great potray of words and instances

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Krishna Pednekar

Apr 02, 2017

Psychology is something which is inspiring me these days. It's not easy to read books with 300 pages and more..Very Well written Delcy! Take a bow !

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Aashish

Apr 02, 2017

Delcy it's great to see that you have simplified this concept of psychology that could be understood by anyone reading your article.... :D all the very best

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Rhythm zaveri

Apr 02, 2017

Well said and well written Delcy ...!!!

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Rishi Årora

Apr 02, 2017

Well written piece Delcy. Good introspection.

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Dimpy Shah

Apr 02, 2017

A very good and positive write up... one who understands Psychology can help himself n others detox and heal thier thoughts and mind and I wish you all success dear...keep it up:)

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John Mathew

Apr 02, 2017

Very well done!!

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Pehal

Apr 02, 2017

Very well written!:)

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Urvi Shah

Apr 02, 2017

Very well explained n written..!! Keep up the good work n looking forward for ur next article.

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Sanjil Dedhiya

Apr 02, 2017

Wonderfully written.. nicely put up! Great job ✌️

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Dharmin

Apr 03, 2017

Very well written yaar delcy! Psychology is really great to know about people around and also Discovering urself! Nice job

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Shirin Shekhar

Apr 04, 2017

Hey, really liked the way you've showed the examples, with simple and Indian-English friendly words, and examples that don't involve much of brain wrecking to actually figure out the methods of personally implementing in our everyday lives. Great going!

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Himani Shah

Apr 05, 2017

Good content. Keep it up!

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Dhruvin Sanghvi

Apr 06, 2017

Well written.!!Good examples.Keep it up.

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Omkar Joshi

Apr 06, 2017

Great Content! Would like to see more such write ups.Keep Going.All The Best!

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Rutuja Dhanawade

Apr 10, 2017

Very well written! I could relate many things out of them to myself which I do follow.Its so true..ultimately it only depends how we look at things! Keep Writing All the Best!

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