What is psychology? Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and how it dictates and influences behaviour, from communication and memory to thought and emotion.
Psychology is both a thriving academic discipline and a vital professional practice, one concerned with all aspects of behaviour and the thoughts, feelings, and motivations underlying it.
It's about understanding what makes people tick and how this understanding can help us address and solve many of the problems in society.
As a science psychology is dedicated to the study of human behaviour through observation, measurement, and testing, in order to form conclusions that are based on sound scientific methodology.
How Can Psychology Help You?
Psychologists employ their knowledge and expertise in many areas of society, such as:
- helping us prevent and overcome depression, stress, and trauma
- speeding up recovery from brain injury
- helping to stop or prevent bullying and improve performance both at school and in the workplace
- assisting the police, courts, and prison services in the operation of their duties
- analysing and improving athletic performance
- coping with bereavement
People seek the help and support of psychologists for all sorts of problems. If you feel that a psychologist may be able to help you we recommend that you discuss this with your GP.
If you'd like to know more about specific areas of psychology and how they might benefit you, please take a look at our Find a Psychologist section, where you'll find more information about specific types of psychologists, the issues they deal with, and how to locate and contact one near you.
It is also possible to see a psychologist on a private basis, though in this case you will be required to pay a fee. Please consult our Directory of Chartered Psychologists to help you find a suitable professional.
Find Out More
For a wider-ranging look at some of the various topics and issues covered by psychology as a discipline, why not check out our A-Z of Psychology page, which has been designed to give you an overview of some of the more common psychological terms and definitions, as well as providing links to help you dig a little deeper and find out even more about your chosen subject.