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    (Original post by La Trampa)
    any job. you could go into retail management, be a psychology teacher (but you'd need to do a pgse (or i think pgce) which would qualify you to teach), you could go into research, HR management, consultancy, sports therapist/industrial therapist/occupational therpaist, clinical psychologist, counsellor/therapy (with the right training), cognitive psychologist, etc etc. there are loads of things you could become with psychology, you just have to be able to adapt it to your chosen profession and then get the remaining credentials for it so it'd be a masters/post grad/whatever it is you need.
    Thanks for taking your time for me. One more question i you don't mind.
    Why do people degrade psychology? It realy sounds like a serious subject ( I'm doing GCSE's) I also saw a Alvl book and it seemed very complex.
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    not a problem people think this way because they don't get it. they think, ''i kinda know how my mate feels and that's psychology''. but they're wrong, they're thinking psychoanalysis and therapy and they're still wrong, because although they can see the outward signs that their mate is unhappy - body posture, mannerism etc, they still don't know the underlying factors, history etc which is what psychology and psychoanalysis explain. from a psychoanalysis point of view, your mate's feelings could be a result of his previous actions, his subconscious trying to send a message, him reacting to a previous experience etc etc. from a psychology point of view, you look at the science behind the behaviour, what chemicals are involved, what signals are being fired, what's happening and what other posibilities there are etc. someone who doesn't understand what psychology is about would easily say that it's a lame easy subject.if it was, i'm sure all the mental diseases of the world, would have been diagnosed and solved long time ago.
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    Hi La Trampa

    Thanks for your welcome!

    I agree with your explaination of why psychology (and sociology) is regarded as a soft subject but I would also like to add that another reason why people might think it's a soft subject is because it's not a 'proper science'. i.e. because I don't ask my students to mix chemicals togther, dissect frogs and fiddle with pendulums then people who don't matter (e.g. the government) assume that because it's 'easier' then it must be less important and pass this information onto potential students, some of whom think, great that sounds like a doss subject, I'll do that! What a nasty shock they get when they find out that it isn't! However, the genuine who realise what it's really about do well in it, fall in love with it (like the people in this society ;-)) and find that it IS worthwhile after all. To everyone on here who studies psychology or wants to but is worried about it's reputation, I say go for it and stick with it, it IS worth it in the end and will very quickly make sense to you (and benefit you later on in life), if you keep going! oh, and we don't read people's minds, wire people up to electric generators or interpret dreams! If you want to do that, speak to Freud or Milgram!

    :tsr2: and the psychology society rule!!!!!

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    Woah TSR as gone tres strange with a new look and all. Argh third year is scary already.. one lecture in and my lit review proposal has to be decided on friday.. Gah, and my experiments hypothesis a week after that. Psych Rant over.. phew. Hope everyones courses anre going well.
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    WOULD ANYBODY LIKE TO TAKE A FREE IQ TEST for my A2 coursework i need as many people as possible.

    Any offers? Pm me with ur email address and i'll send it to you.

    Thanks very much!!!!
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    What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?
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    Taken from BPS:

    Psychotherapy and Psychiatry

    An important reason for favouring a psychological approach is that individual distress is often the result of problems in human relationships and so is not best seen as a personal ‘disorder’ but more in terms of the effect of the way a system of relationships works. So psychologists specialising in psychotherapy will often consider the wider context such as relations within a family or at work. Some psychotherapists work directly with families and other groups of people.

    Psychiatrists are medical practitioners who frequently take a medical approach to mental health and often prescribe drugs to alleviate distress. Medical approaches tend to see distress in terms of symptoms that indicate ‘disorders’ in much the same way as physical disorders are indicated. A diagnosis of a disorder, such as ‘obsessive-compulsive disorder’, ‘depression’, ‘anorexia nervosa’, ‘and post-traumatic stress disorder’, is linked to a prescribed treatment perhaps in the form of a drug or a specified psychological intervention.

    psychologist (clinical psychologist i'll assume you're referring to).
    Clinical psychology aims to reduce psychological distress and to enhance and promote psychological well-being. A wide range of psychological difficulties may be dealt with, including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, learning disabilities, child and family problems and serious mental illness.

    To assess a client, a clinical psychologist may undertake a clinical assessment using a variety of methods including psychometric tests, interviews and direct observation of behaviour. Assessment may lead to therapy, counselling or advice.

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    Good answer! Hope you don't mind it if I nick it for my worksheets on my understanding Mental Health course. Next Question! ;-)
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    it's from the BPS website, remember to reference it
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    Yes this is great a board where all the Psyhchie :p: heads can team up I would love to become a member!!!
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    jonnythemoose can now talk Freud with the rest of us. Welcome!

    Tara, you're more than welcome to join the soc. just go to the societies page,look for us and join
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    This is a very good society!! Finally i can discuss all my wierd thinking

    I have a question; why is so much of studying psychology looking at other peoples theroy's and idea's that I really don't have much respect for? grrr
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    Because that's how it works mainly I think. People like Freud were good psychologists. His theories are effective and still used in modern medicine. *Correct me if I'm wrong*
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    hi i would like to join the society please
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    Go to the society list and request it,
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    Hey everyone! I'm probably the newest member on this society Pleased to meet y'all.

    I've joined the soc. co'z I hopefully want to become a psychiatrist (yes, I'm mental for loving psychology and the sciences so much:p:).

    I have one random question. Can both a psychologist and a psychiatrist specialise in psychotherapy right, and would they get paid the same salary? I don't intend to become one, it's just that I'm interested in the answer. Thank you :tsr2:
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    if they study psychotherapy and get their degree in it then yes they can specialise in it. salary depends on where they work, their qualifications etc etc.

    ps: Welcome!
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    BA vs BSC?
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    depends what you want to get out of psychology. if you're a more artsy type person and you don't like science, go for the BA. if you're more sciency go for the BSc.
 
 
 
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