If psychology could talk, letters from psychology to you.
Welcome to my first letter to you. I am psychology. I live in 7.7 billion humans around the world. And lets not even get into other species. I’ll probably talk about those in a few letters from now.
But, getting back, to my human reach, I am known by various nicknames such as ‘the study of mind’, ‘mental processes’, ‘logos’, ‘yoga’ etc.
I am not new. It’s just that humans have started giving this official name to me around 1870s. I had to visit Liepzig, Germany at that point. What can I say, Wundt was very much in love with me! But, he was too focussed on getting to know me, ‘experimentally’.
Sometimes I wonder, do people love me for my experiments or do they see something more in me..
And with that thought being carried since 1870s, I am still debating whether or not to call Wilhem Wundt my first stepson.
Getting back, over the years, many people debated how they should study me. And even now, some try to understand me quantitatively and others rely more on qualitative understandings. There also those who take a mixed approach.
Since years people have been trying to unravel me, give me a definition, if you may. And I can only say that these attempts wouldn’t stop anytime soon.
These attempts are made by so many people who are a part of me, and they are trying to understand the whole of me. Do other species also think like this?
Wait for the 10th letter to get the answer.
Through these letters, I’d finally talk about myself. Yourself. Myself.
You see what I did there?
I got to go now, some journal articles are calling me. But, I’ll write to you soon.
Till then, keep it psych-imple. Talk soon. 🙂