Psychology is the study of behavior and thinking process. Its aim is to understand individuals as well as groups by establishing common principles and researching particular cases. According to many people, the ultimate aim of psychology is to benefit the society. Psychology integrates research from natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, like philosophy. A professional researcher or practitioner is known as a psychologist, who can be either a social scientist, cognitive scientist or a behavioral scientist. Each country has certain norms regarding practicing psychology. A Calgary psychologist in Canada e.g. is a member of Canadian Psychological Association. This association represents psychologists throughout Canada.
The job of psychologist is to understand the mental processes in individual and the social behavior. At the same time a psychologist also explores the neurological and physiological progressions that form the base of certain processes and behaviors. There are some depth psychologists too who study unconscious mind. So also, there are clinical and counseling psychologists.
Though basically psychological knowledge is applied to the analysis and treatment of mental problems, it is applied to understand and solve problems of humans regarding several different fields too. Majority of psychologists are involved in treatment of mental problems; however there are many psychologists who do scientific research too, topics of which vary extensively, e.g. sports, media, forensics, human aging, human development, health, law, and so on.
Some norms are dictated by the psychological associations in different countries, which are to be fulfilled by the members. E.g. a Calgary psychologist is bound by the objectives of the Canadian Psychological Association, which are to enhance the health and welfare of all Canadians, to encourage excellence and modernism in psychological education, research and practice, to encourage the progress, growth, dissemination and use of psychological knowledge and to offer high-class services to the members.
Same as a Calgary psychologist, any psychologist in the world strives to enhance human life, by lessening mental distress. Although a psychiatrist may seem similar to a psychologist, (because both of them work with this same goal), there is much difference in the training, methodologies and outlook of the two. Psychiatrists, being certified physician, prescribe medicines, while psychologists generally don’t. Psychologists also make use of psychotherapy widely. Psychotherapy is an excellent method of counseling, due to which the patient finds relief from his or her sorrow through increased sense of his or her own well-being. This method mainly involves building relationship, communication, dialogue, and behavioral change, designed in such a way that it improves mental health of the patient. It also improves group relationships, e.g. in an office.
Be it a Calgary psychologist or somewhere else, these professionals strive to make our lives better by consoling, comforting and soothing our mental problems. If you are in any kind of distress, don’t delay to meet a psychologist!