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Psychology: Call for Counselling

Summary of discussion

  • Psychology is a very effective subject in understanding oneself as well as understanding others. It gives you a non-judgemental orientation and allows you to be with people in their own identity, without losing yourself, improving the quality of interpersonal relationships.
  • The study of psychology is often equated with clinical psychology. However, there are many other facets to it, be it spiritual psychology, sports psychology or communication psychology.
  • Even if you do not have an academic base in psychology, you can pick up certain skills and qualities required to address specific problems and form support groups. This also helps incorporate more people into the field.
  • People who don’t have a psychology background can take up short courses offered by various organisations to learn the basic skills and increase mental health awareness in rural areas, where it is still neglected.
  • The application of qualitative research in investigating the impact of psychology is as important as quantitative research, which is often the norm in India. If both methods of data collection are blended, one can better understand human behaviour and relationship dynamics, and come up with suitable intervention programmes.
  • One doesn’t necessarily need to practise as a psychologist after studying psychology as this requires a specific temperament and passion. However, this knowledge can be translated into other sectors as psychology is a multidisciplinary platform.
  • The potential of applying psychology in community work through NGOs is huge. One can also be employed in human resource positions like performance evaluation and institutional management by corporates since companies are acknowledging the importance of employee mental health and its relation to their performance.
  • The government requires the help of psychologists in policy formation, apart from bodies like the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), which takes trainees every year in forensic psychology.
  • Many universities have set up departments of psychology, and IIT Kharagpur has even developed the Centre for Happiness Studies. There are multiple positions in administration and programme design where your knowledge and ability to convince the audience comes into play.
  • Universities also need to revise their syllabus in accordance with modern trends, incorporating people from the industry, the social sector and public health.
  • You must always ask yourself why you want to work in this field before you commit. It should be about helping people to become better versions of themselves, and not about money. In order to inculcate these values, volunteering at a relief centre is highly advisable.
  • Going in for therapy and learning about yourself is the cornerstone in your development as a psychologist. Self-reflection and assessment are critical in understanding who you are. You must also be observant. You must keep reading and gathering knowledge in order to develop your own niche in this field.
  • During this lockdown, you can attend online courses and broaden your knowledge irrespective of your background. However, these don’t replicate the practical experience. In order to practice, supervisory sessions, the opportunity for observation and internships are necessary, which can be obtained at NGOs and hospitals.

Summary of discussion

  • Psychology is a very effective subject in understanding oneself as well as understanding others. It gives you a non-judgemental orientation and allows you to be with people in their own identity, without losing yourself, improving the quality of interpersonal relationships.
  • The study of psychology is often equated with clinical psychology. However, there are many other facets to it, be it spiritual psychology, sports psychology or communication psychology.
  • Even if you do not have an academic base in psychology, you can pick up certain skills and qualities required to address specific problems and form support groups. This also helps incorporate more people into the field.
  • People who don’t have a psychology background can take up short courses offered by various organisations to learn the basic skills and increase mental health awareness in rural areas, where it is still neglected.
  • The application of qualitative research in investigating the impact of psychology is as important as quantitative research, which is often the norm in India. If both methods of data collection are blended, one can better understand human behaviour and relationship dynamics, and come up with suitable intervention programmes.
  • One doesn’t necessarily need to practise as a psychologist after studying psychology as this requires a specific temperament and passion. However, this knowledge can be translated into other sectors as psychology is a multidisciplinary platform.
  • The potential of applying psychology in community work through NGOs is huge. One can also be employed in human resource positions like performance evaluation and institutional management by corporates since companies are acknowledging the importance of employee mental health and its relation to their performance.
  • The government requires the help of psychologists in policy formation, apart from bodies like the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), which takes trainees every year in forensic psychology.
  • Many universities have set up departments of psychology, and IIT Kharagpur has even developed the Centre for Happiness Studies. There are multiple positions in administration and programme design where your knowledge and ability to convince the audience comes into play.
  • Universities also need to revise their syllabus in accordance with modern trends, incorporating people from the industry, the social sector and public health.
  • You must always ask yourself why you want to work in this field before you commit. It should be about helping people to become better versions of themselves, and not about money. In order to inculcate these values, volunteering at a relief centre is highly advisable.
  • Going in for therapy and learning about yourself is the cornerstone in your development as a psychologist. Self-reflection and assessment are critical in understanding who you are. You must also be observant. You must keep reading and gathering knowledge in order to develop your own niche in this field.
  • During this lockdown, you can attend online courses and broaden your knowledge irrespective of your background. However, these don’t replicate the practical experience. In order to practice, supervisory sessions, the opportunity for observation and internships are necessary, which can be obtained at NGOs and hospitals.
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