Some might say it’s about reading minds and trying to figure out people’s secrets.
Others will think it involves working out why people behave the way they do.
The governing belief is that many issues that arise and require therapy are issues of existence: fear of death and its cohort the fear of really living, freedom and refusal to take responsibility for it, and the creation of meaning.
Instead of controlling others and situations, there is a realization of the freedom of others and acceptance.
There are four basic goals of psychology: to describe, explain, predict, and control behavior (Coon, Mitterer, 2013).
Although the last goal may sound ominous, it is actually the one the majority of those reading about psychology are most interested in.
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Ask 100 people on the street what psychology is and you’ll get 100 different answers.
Although the goal of control is really about helping one control himself in some manner, it often leaks into the desire to control others and situations.
Many may try to deny this, but the desire to control permeates our lives.