What is psychology ?
Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and human experience. Among its concerns are how people feel (affect) how they think (cognition) and how they behave. It has wide application in clinical work such as; trauma and recovery from PTSD, education, in the selection of personnel and the organisation of the work place and in criminological and level settings.
In addition it is influential in advertising the design and layout of car dashboards and controls, aeroplane cockpits etc. It has been involved in the weight and size of coins, in the design and colour of road signs. There are few areas of life that have not had a psychological input. As a science it relies on evidence from carefully designed experiments.
In parallel with scientifically based psychology there is a separate discipline concerned with unconscious process, defence mechanisms, the impact of early development etc. The origin of this was the work of Freud. There have been many variants on his work. It is a part of our culture and is highly influential but it is separate and distinct from mainstream psychological science.
The focus of work presented in this website is clinical. It is concerned with the assessment and monitoring of physical and mental health. It is widely recognised that health depends on the correct balance between physical, social and psychological factors. If one changes so too do the other two. It primarily focuses on trauma and recovery from PTSD.
Medicine which is primarily concerned with physical and physiological processes is less effective if it ignores the person’s thoughts and feelings i.e. medical experts and psychological experts have to work along side each other to get the best outcomes. This is critical in the well being of combat veterans that may have physical injuries and are also diagnosed with PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.