Importance of Psychology
One question concerns the importance of psychology.
Why is psychology important? There may be at least three
reasons why psychology is important.
Learning can be viewed as one purpose of life, and
self-knowledge can be viewed as an important element of
learning. We may not be able to fully understand ourselves
simply through self-reflection. We may not be able to fully
understand the causes of our own behaviors. We can gain a
better understanding of who we are and the causes of our
behaviors by learning about psychology findings in scholarly
journals. In psychology journals, there are many randomized
experiments. Because these randomized experiments allow us
to make causal conclusions, we can gain insight into the true
causes of our behaviors. Moreover, a personality test may
allow one to gain knowledge of one's personality. This
knowledge about personality may help to develop personal
goals consistent with one's personality.
2. Learning About Others
In addition to learning about oneself, the field of psychology
allows us to learn about others. For example, we may gain
insight into personality traits that are different from our own
It is important to gain an understanding of others to improve
social relationships. We may wish to build rapport and
communicate more effectively. Also, we may need to know
how to be an effective manager or leader.
3. Practical Ideas
Ideas and findings in psychology may help to think of
practical ideas and possible solutions to important problems.
We may gain insight concerning possible applications of
psychology and solutions to certain important problems. (1)
1. This website has a section on practical ideas.
My book, Finding Meaning (third edition) contains ideas
about finding meaning in life, adversity, and work.