Psychology personal statement advice on including extended reading

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    Hi guys,

    Hoping that one of you can just quickly have an input for a psychology personal statement. In my draft I have included my extra reading of The interpretation of dreams by Sigmund Freud, is this too much of a cliche? I have done A LOT of extra reading and that's the book I though fitted in the best with my introduction but I don't know if it's a book that just everyone studying psychology says they have read.

    Any opinions on this greatly appreciated!
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    Hi guys,

    Hoping that one of you can just quickly have an input for a psychology personal statement. In my draft I have included my extra reading of The interpretation of dreams by Sigmund Freud, is this too much of a cliche? I have done A LOT of extra reading and that's the book I though fitted in the best with my introduction but I don't know if it's a book that just everyone studying psychology says they have read.

    Any opinions on this greatly appreciated!
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    If you're going to mention books, talk about books that really interest and excite you. Picking one just because you think it fits your introduction is, in my opinion, a bad idea.
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    Don't worry about what everyone else is doing. Put in things that you can talk about that show your specific interest in the subject and how you've developed them and help the statement to flow.
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    However, be aware that Freud (and dreams) are likely to have little to no mention on a psychology degree course. I would focus on things which are covered in more detail
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    (Original post by meganms97)
    Hi guys,

    Hoping that one of you can just quickly have an input for a psychology personal statement. In my draft I have included my extra reading of The interpretation of dreams by Sigmund Freud, is this too much of a cliche? I have done A LOT of extra reading and that's the book I though fitted in the best with my introduction but I don't know if it's a book that just everyone studying psychology says they have read.

    Any opinions on this greatly appreciated!
    Hi I'm applying for psychology too which uni's are you applying to??? From what I've taken from uni open days they don't want to hear about stereotypical Psychology's and historical psychologists such a Freud because they want you to acknowledge that there's a lot more to the subject than that and that there's a lot more up to date research such as reading about psychology in the news that they'd much rather hear about


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    They'd be interested in seeing your evaluation of the text and its approach, how it affected your A level studies and what bearing it has had on your decision to study psychology. They'd be interested in why you read it in the first place. All of those sorts of things will give them an impression of whether you would be 'teachable'. However, it works both ways. Say the wrong thing and they may draw the conclusion that you're not.

    If you've got some interesting and thoughtful reflections on the text and how it changed your thinking, it's fine to mention it. If you're just mentioning it because you found it interesting, though, there's next to no point in mentioning it, given how little bearing that Freud has on modern psychology.**
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    I think if you really feel like you should write about it than go for it. I don't think that it will be too much of a cliche if you also will tell about how much it influenced you. Good luck! I hope you will do well. Also, this website might help you.
 
 
 
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