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What should everyone know about psychology?

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tynamite's avatar Psychology is a field for understanding how the mind works, not how people work. It is designed for you to be able to help them with their issues, and not so you can read them and make them like you.

It has its origins in counselling and trying to help people with depression or mental illness. It later naturally progressed into child development and early stages.

The reason why psychology cannot let you "understand" people, is because psychology is past tense, and social skills aka reading people is present tense.

Psychology focuses on what people have done in the past to make them how they are today, and having social skills teaches you to be intuitive so you can deal with what is going on now and react on the spot. Guess which one you have to be receptive for. This is why people who study psychology (lol) because they're socially inept or because they want to be liked or popular, still manage to have great difficulty with people no matter what they learn.

The only people who agree otherwise, are misguided because they already have what is called soft skills, the things you can't learn in a book or have me write down a piece of paper how to do and ship to your address. Psychology aims to improve, or for a better word, build upon the soft skills that people already have, not create conceptually new ones.

Psychology deals with the macro, and social skills aka reading people deals with the micro.

Psychology looks at people as a collective, and having social skills you look at people as an individual. Psychology fails to take into account human interaction, because it fails to address people being different, just their psychological needs of love, shelter, success and whatnot.
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