Applying psychology to problems should be one of the primary goals of
psychology. There are a number of possible ways of applying psychology
(including applying social psychology) to important problems. This page
contains ideas about possible solutions to important problems (new
solutions may be added later). Six problems are indicated below. These
reflect some of the possible practical applications of psychology.
PROBLEM 1: Unmotivated Students. Some students may not
wish to make the effort to get good grades. They may find the lectures boring. They
may not see the information as relevant to their lives. They may not find their
education as meaningful. Project-centered education may one possible solution to
PROBLEM 3: Low Response Rate in Mail
Fundraising. Mail fundraising may be very difficult and challening. Only a
very small percentage of people may make a donation in mail fundraising. One
possible solution to this problem is the three-step fundraising technique.
PROBLEM 4: A lack of Meaning at Work. Many people may
find that their jobs lack meaning. They do not see their jobs as having significant
purpose. Three possible solutions to this problem are organizational service projects,
diverse jobs, and greater job autonomy.
PROBLEM 5: A Lack of Motivation at Work. One
important topic concerns employee motivation in the workplace. Some jobs may be
boring or not very challenging. Many people may have a lack of motivation at work.
Three possible solutions to this problem are open mike events, diverse jobs, and
greater job autonomy.
PROBLEM 2: A Lack of Meaning in Education. Some
students may not view their education as meaningful. It may not be challening or
involve much creativity. It may not seem relevant to their lives. Project-centered
education may be one possible solution to this problem.
PROBLEM 6: A Low Level of Organizational
Identification. Organizational identification reflects the extent to which one's
sense of self is linked to being part of an organization. People who have a significant
sense of organizational identification may feel a sense of oneness with the organization.
Two possible solutions to this problem are organizational service projects and