A Look at Child Psychology
If I was to walk up to any random person on the street and ask him/her the first thing that comes into mind when I mentioned child psychology, I believed that I would get many responses of the same nature. I expected responses to the effect of “A shrink,” and “Just somebody that works with kids.” After a few hours of pondering, my curiosity got the best of me. So, taking advantage of the nice weather, I walked outside armed with a notebook and pen to approach people and get their opinions for this introduction. The question I raised was “What is the first thing that comes into your mind when I mention Child Psychology?” Out of thirty different people, (all caught walking out of Cranston after dinner) I got some very interesting responses. As expected, some just said “A shrink.” Others were actually helpful and gave some insight into the topic. One such person went into an in-depth conversation as to the nature of the mind altogether. Being a Psychology major here at Fredonia, he stated that this question had also been raised in many of his classes.
I found his insight to be interesting because he mentioned that in his opinion, psychology is not even able fully describe the things we do. Rather the field of psychology is riddled with theories and observations. Most of them not explaining without a doubt why we do the things we do. So, in direct response to my question, he exclaims that child psychology is just “A branch of study of the child psyche. When I hear that term, what comes to mind are the simple acts of children? Such as four different children in a room, you see two of the children fighting over a ball while the other two bounce another ball back and forth. Why is that? That’s why there are child psychologists.”
In the following pages, I have employed the use of headings and sub-headings to better allow the flow of logic. This paper will attempt to explain all the different aspects to...