Emerging Trends in the Field of Psychology

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Psychology, from the moment of its inception, has been a source of fascination for one and all. In its most generalized form, psychology can be understood as study of behavior and mental processes (Rathus, 2007). The technical concept of psychology has progressed through various meanings from the study of the soul, then consciousness, then to behavior. Now it is seen as a study of the cognitive aspects to constructive aspects. Like its meaning and conceptualization, trends in the field of psychology; pure and applied, have been continuously changing and developing to meet the needs of the society. Apart from the professional trends such as vocation, school, genetics counseling, forensic, engineering, and clinical, sports, industrial and special education (Cherry, 2001). Some of the emerging trends in the field of psychology are environmental psychology a consciousness trend (Hallett, 2008). Positive psychology is an attitudinal trend (Carr, 2004). Cyber therapy is the newest up and coming trend geared towards technological attitudes (Ciccarelli, 2008). The two emerging trends I find most interesting are: positive psychology and cyber-therapy. Positive psychology has belief that psychology is meant for people to thrive (Garbarino, 2011). It is not merely for examining, suspense-creating or burdening, but for making people feel happy, succeeding, achieving and enjoying everything. It is the attitude towards people and the life, which has played a significant role in popularizing this trend in the field of psychology. This trend of psychology is about how to achieve progress and enjoy life. Though it does not concentrate on failures, this form of psychology indirectly, directs practitioner to think over these issues, as w... ... middle of paper ... .... (n.d) Top 10 Psychology career trends. Retrieved May 11, 2011, from http://psychology.about.com/od/careersinpsychology/tp/psychology-career-trends.htm Ciccarelli, S.K. & Meyer, G.E. (2008). Psychology Retrieved from http://www.mypearsonstore.com Fink, J. (1999). How to use computers and cyberspace in the clinical practice of psychotherapy. Northvale, NJ: Aronson. Garbarino, J. (2011). The Positive psychology of personal transformation: Leveraging resilience for life change. Chicago: Springer. Hallett, A & Hallett, R. (2008). Environmental psychology. Delhi: Global Vision Publishing House. Holmes, L. (2011) Cyber therapy- Is it really therapy? Retrieved May 12, 2011, from http://mentalhealth.about.com/library/weekly/aa042197.htm Rathus, S.A. (2007). Psychology concepts & connections: Media & research update (9th edn.). New York: Cengage Learning

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