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Studying the Science of Psychology

            Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behavior in a given context. Because of how broad the study is, it is difficult to fully define everything that psychology encompasses in a brief definition. Topics such as development, personality, emotions, thoughts, feelings, motivations, and social behaviors represent just a portion of what this study seeks to understand and explain. Everything a person does is connected to this subject. Majoring in psychology gives one's self a new perspective on humankind into why individuals act and think the way they do. .
             More times than others, it has been said a degree in psychology doesn't have a favorable amount of well-paid job opportunities. After speaking with my peer, Danny Brazel, I learned that whoever said that was uninformed about all the careers available with this degree. Brazel is currently a junior studying psychology. Along with that, he is in the pre-medical program. He's decided to further his education four more years after earning his psychology degree in medical school to become a psychiatrist. It is a common mistake people make differentiating a psychologist and a psychiatrist. A psychologist is a therapist. They assess, diagnose, and treat mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. Typically, psychologists must have completed a university degree in psychology. Psychiatrists have completed medical school and are able to treat patients with medication. A psychologist is not able to write prescriptions, but may recommended a patient be seen by a fellow psychiatrist in order to receive medications. A psychologist in the United States earns an average salary of $69,562 per year, while the average psychiatrist earns an average of $194,610 per year. This is only one comparison with different types of jobs that how great of a difference a student majoring in this subject might end up making in such careers.

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