When you come across psychology, you can easily discovered its universal symbol for the discipline; the pitchfork shaped image like the one in the picture above. But where does this symbol originated from?
It is very interesting that the psychology symbol has its different stories to tell. Some would say it originated from the Greek letter psi which is the first letter of the Greek word psuchê (means mind or soul, from which the word “psyche” was derived), which is the one of the roots of the term “psychology.” Some says, during the ancient times, people with mental illnesses were categorized as diabolic since they thought that all mental illnesses and abnormal behavior were caused by evil spirits and devils. And because the devil holds this fork-like shaped in their hands, psychology took this symbol as their own.
Psychology is the study of behavior and mind. An academic and applied science which seeks to understand individuals and groups by establishing general principles and researching specific cases. (Wikipedia, free encyclopedia)
It has four main goals; are to describe what occurred, explain why it occurred, predict what event is likely to occur next, and to change or prevent unwanted outcomes.
Psychology has become the most interesting subject of today. For it does not only helps us deal with the many problems of our lives but helps us try to understand the behavior of other people, find out why they behave differently and what forces are responsible for making them so different from others. In addition, it could also helps us understand our self, our behavior and patterns.
Practically, there are a lot of misconceptions about people who are in the field of psychology. Society expects them to just read their minds and predict their behaviors, well others also appreciates their role especially in a cases that needs experts in the field. However, psychology and psychologist’s role does not end there, it tries to give us the wide roads of factors involved in what human beings do. Its principles explained gave us the rational basis in understanding of what we and others do.
In addition, as a psych major, it helps me a lot. A change in perspectives about things in life, perceptions about how life works and evolves with problems and a positive outlook in dealing with such. It gave me the life positions I wanted to live up to. However, as a no perfect human, I tend to be affected by those problems and forgot what I have learned out of it. I am very vulnerable in terms of solving problems in life especially when I am so tangled up with my emotions, who can blame me I am just human capable of feeling all those emotions no matter what I am (psych major or ordinary woman). ☺
And because I am an aspiring psychologist, I am still in the process of learning new things and deeper thoughts in every aspects and areas in psychology. And I am hoping that I can get through with this, specially of becoming a legit psychologist. (Hopefully 😦 ) ☺