chemistry and psychology Essay

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According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, Chemistry can be defined as three different meanings. The first being a science that deals with the structure and properties of substances and with the changes that they go through, the second the structure and properties of a substance: the way a substance changes and reacts with other substances, and lastly strong attraction between people. Now to define what Psychology is, which is my major and the field that I want to have a career in. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines Psychology as two different definitions. The first one being the science or study of the mind and behavior and the last one being the way a person or group thinks. According to Science Daily, “Psychology attempts to understand the role human behavior plays in social dynamics while incorporating physiological and neurological processes into conceptions of mental functioning”. Both chemistry and psychology according to their definitions are concerned with reactions, being substances or human interactions. I’ve been studying psychology at Florida International University for three years now and I have my definition of it. I believe Psychology to be the scientific study of the mind, behavior, and thought. It is mainly concerned to answer the question why. There are infinite why questions the field of psychology has been involved in, is currently involved in, and is curious to learn more about. There is a quote from the scientist Albert Einstein that to me defines a true Psychologist. It goes, “I have no special skills, I am only passionately curious”. Curiosity is the reason why we know so much about ourselves and the world to this day and without chemistry the field of psychology would not be as advanced as it is now.
Psychology is related to chemistry in various ways and it is completely intertwined with one another. There are many subfields in psychology but each subfield has to do with chemistry one way or another. One might have more to do with chemistry than the other but regardless there are well over a hundred chemicals and neurotransmitters traveling around the brain, which is the main organism psychology revolves around. It has numerous chemical reactions occurring every second of the day and a million neurons firing around the brain, which at the moment is allowing you to read this well written essay while simultaneously remembering to keep you alive. Psychiatry, for example, has much more to do with chemistry and the different chemicals reacting with one another in our brain than the subfield of elementary school counseling but even as simple as counseling a child has chemistry involvement. I’m currently majoring in psychology to someday to have my doctorate in clinical children psychology and work in a hospital or a private practice. That might not seem like it has too do much with chemistry either, but in the future having my own private practice or working in one I will have my own patients coming in for counseling and clinical therapy. I will have to decide then which kind of theoretical psychological perspective I will choose to follow in treating and counseling my patients. As I said there are many subfields to psychology and in those subfields there are also many different psychological perspectives to each. The main psychological perspectives are: Cognitive, Biological, Humanistic, Sociocultural, and Psychodynamic. Chemistry and the Biological Theoretical Perspective have plenty to do with one another. The Biological Perspective has to do with, how the nervous system and hormones work, how the brain functions, how changes in structure and/or function can…