Psychology is not ‘just’ about Mental Health  

There are some issues if understood in time would be a good thing to take it to the long run. ‘Psychology is all about Mental Health’ is the one.

I am avidly promoting Mental Health through the work I am doing and constantly participating with other friends in the promotion of Mental Health; but at the same time being a student of Psychology first- I am little concerned when Psychology is limited to just the clinical perspective. And here is something I wanted to write for a long time to balance the view.
I am very much excited when Psychology is given emphasis these days. From the time when I started to study academic Psychology in under graduation to this time of my graduate Psych studies, there is a big difference on the way the mass is concerned about this subject and the way mass is starting to recognize it as the today’s need. There are many positive changes but I am concerned on the overall development of the field of Psychology.

Whenever we mention Psychology-the general view is ‘it is concerned with mental illness or mental well-being’. Many of the times, in programs, when psychologists are called- they are only made to talk about the topics of ‘Mental Well-being’. But to remind you again- Psychology is the scientific study of Human Behavior and Mental Process’. And when we talk about Human behavior and mental process, it can be anywhere and anything related to this.

Social Psychology is the one. It is basically concerned with the interaction of human in the society and yes it is also the Psychology.

Likewise, Industrial Psychology is another. How wonderful the recruitment process or HR Department would turn out to be if there are industrial Psychologists placed there. Don’t you think the productivity will just go up or better perform if they have someone to ‘scientifically study human behavior and mental process in the industrial setting?’ THINK ABOUT IT!

Likewise, Environmental Psychology is the next. I personally only knew about this topic when I was in first year of my Master’s program. How wonderful it would be to have someone in Kathmandu studying the human behavior around Bagmati River and help the people living around to make the effective and efficient progress to make it clean. Do you know ‘The Polluted Cloud you see in the horizon is very much responsible in degrading your formation of memory?’ How wonderful it would have been if we have Environment Psychologist recruited in the Agencies which work for promotion and betterment of Environment.

And to remind you again, there are many other.

HERE MY POINT IS- SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGIST, ENVIORONMENT PSYCHOLGIST, INDUSTRIAL PSYCHOLOGIST DO NOT TREAT AN INDIVIDUAL CLINICALLY. THEY DO NOT GIVE COUNSELING. THEY ARE NOT WORKING IN THE SECTOR OF MENTAL HEALTH. BUT STILL…THEY ARE PSYCHOLOGIST.

Don’t you think it’s also time to give the space to those ‘diversity’ of psychology rather than thinking Psychology and just concerned with Mental Illness and modification of behavior.

Likewise, there are many fields of Psychology from Sports Psychology to School Psychology  and many many other fields. (Google can be a good friend to find about them more).

Here, my concern today is not regarding the career prospects of Psychology. We can find whole new prospects of career, it just depends on how much explorative you are. Here, my concern is ‘WHY don’t we see Psychology other than Mental Health?’

The biggest problem is the academic limitation in Nepal which gives very few options in the applied and academic setting.  Hence the students of Psychology in Nepal do not get the exposure in other varied subjects of Psychology. Clinical Psychology-Academic-Research-Social Psychology are few things which attract me in Psychology. I honestly am so glad to have seen the change regarding the recognition of Psychology in masses. I feel proud to be associated with the change. But I was little worried when a younger (who is interested in psychology) asked me suddenly:  ‘’Kripa didi, I want to study Psychology but I don’t want to work in clinical setting.’’ Poor thing!

Biggest concern here again, as a student, and a promoter of the field of Psychology- Let’s start talking about PSYCHOLOG-IES rather than PSYCHOLOGY.

And to everyone, who are students, who are not studying Psychology at all and specially to those young minds who thinks they should study psychology only if they want to work for mental health; I want to make it clear.This is NOT the Case. Feel free to explore. Its not about PSYCHOLOGY. There are PSYCHOLOGIES!

There are many fields you can hop in. If you are interested to study human behavior-mental process, there is not any field where we cannot integrate it. Feel free to explore. Feel free to take psychology in a different way.
We, as passionate promoter of Field Psychology, its again optimum time to emphasis on the research, social psychology, environmental psychology and many other aspects of PSYCHOLOGY to promote our field!

We are doing great job promoting Mental Health and awareness.  But don’t you think it’s the time to promote our FIELD as a WHOLE!

Psychbigyaan Podcast: Food and Psychology

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Psychbigyaan podcast is a multimedia initiative to make people aware of their own behaviours and psychology. We just interact and talk about the issues regarding the things that’s affecting our behaviours.

In this episode, we are talking about Food and Psychology and its relationship in the well-being of any human.

Here is the link of the episode:

Manojigyasa Promo

Manojigyasa is our weekly radio program  exclusively  on the topic of psychology and mental health. This program is presented by Psychbigyaan Network Nepal with the support of US Embassy and GPYC Nepal. It airs every Saturday from 5:15 to 6:00 from Ujjyalo 90 Network.  The program is prepared and hosted by Sujan Shrestha and Kripa Sigdel.  It probably might be the first program of its kind in Nepal.

How Psychology Can Help in Daily Life ??

 -Kripa Sigdel

 

Few weeks back i was talking to clinical psychologist and we jumped in a topic of ‘Do psychologist really follow all those nots and bolts what we say to our clients in our personal life.’?

This question strikes my mind time and again. I have seen so many friends who knows all the theoretical perspectives of Psychology yet so frustrated in practical life; I know many psychologist who knows all the theories of Segmund freud and Eric Erickson, who themselves teach drive reduction theory and Cognitive theories of motivation in colleges, still emotionally vulnerable.

Here the problem is, they are not following the practicality of Psychology prospects but only knowing theoretical aspects. But, if anyone can use the both practical and theoretical aspects of Psychological knowledge, life would be more easier. So, after few readings of journals, good discussions with experts and experiences, i tried to come up with this article including how Psychology can help if we can properly use its theoretical aspects in practical life.

Here are few ways how Psychology helps to better life:

1) Psychology helps to get motivated:

Theories of Psychology like drive reduction theory, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs teach you how a person gets motivation. Say it to loose weight or quit smoking, the theories and knowledge of psychology can be beneficial to get motivation. If you know the meaning of Incentive and award, then you can use them to motivate in any tasks you do. You can set goals-learn new techniques-reward oneself for achieving them-get motivated.

2) Psychology helps to better understand Others:

According to psychologist Daniel Goleman, your EQ may actually be more important than your IQ (1995). And the theory of Emotional Intelligence is taught in Psychology. Psychology helps to understand people and the behavior. The understanding of Psychology makes any individual to understand the human behavior and their nature and analyze their behavior which consequently helps to better understand others.

3) Psychology helps to make a good communicator:

Psychology helps to learn about verbal and non-verbal cues. It helps to understand about bodily gesture and posture. It makes us realize the importance of tone and pitch of sound. Since understanding of these information makes us be better communicator.

4) Psychology helps to Improve your leadership qualities:

It doesnt matter you want to be volunteer or office manager, having good leadership skills will help you. Few simple tips taught in psychology related to leadership styles can boost of your leadership quality and be a better person. How to reply clear guidance to your colleagues, how to create environment to work or how to motive yourself and others can be some qualities that you will know after knowing about leadership theories in Psychology.

5) Psychology helps to Improve your Memory:

How wonderful if you know the reason of forgetting and ways of retaining, right? Yes. the theories of memory and forgetting will help you understand about why individual loss memory? Psychology also teaches you the tips of regaining memory like rehearsing, eliminating distractions, focusing regularly. This is how Psychology helps to improve your memory.

6) Psychology helps in Decision-Making:

Say it to make better financial decision or life decisions, knowing about your strength and weakness helps. And this information is gained more if you can analyze your personal behavior. Nobel Prize winning psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky conducted a series of studies that looked at how people manage uncertainty and risk when making decisions. Also. Research in cognitive Psychology, has provided a wealth of information about decision making. By applying these strategies to your own life, you can learn to make wiser choices. The next time you need to make a big decision, try using some of the following techniques: – Try using the “six thinking hats” approach by looking at the situation from multiple points of view, including rational, emotional, intuitive, creative, positive, and negative perspectives

7) Psychology helps to Become More Productive:

If you want to get better grades or be more productive in your personal life, the learnings from psychology like – avoiding multitasking, attention, can help. Psychology researches also proves that multitasking can impairs your speed, accuracy and productivity. So, knowing this earlier can help you to concentrate and be more productive in your life.

8) Psychology helps to Be Healthier:

Psychology can be a useful tool for improving your health. The field of health psychology offers you a wealth of beneficial strategies that can help you to be healthier and happier. Psychological researches demonstrated that exercise can be helpful in depression and mental disorder. Likewise field of psychology like Health Psychology and Clinical Psychology helps us in many ways to make our mental health as well as physical health sound.

(The writer is the Psychology graduate and founder of team ”Psychbigyaan”. Ironically, she herself confesses of not using practicality of Psychological theories sometimes but is determined to use them in practical life equally as she believes its theoretical importance)

Gender differences in self esteem

Author : Sumnima Sampang

This research focuses on to the question whether there is gender differences in the self esteem especially among the college going students. The result points ou that there is not remarkable differences between the genders in self esteem allthough males have a slightly higher self esteem. To read more on this research click on the following link

GENDER DIFFERENCE IN SELF- sumnima