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.

1.  Self-Knowledge

       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 personality traits.
     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.