A quick tour around my small world
Psychology is about the person's thinking, feeling, and acting. This statement is far too complicated, much richer, I would say, than the Psychology I met in the first Psychology textbook I ever read. The textbook was Hans Eysenck's Uses and Abuses of Psychology, 1953. There, Psychology was all about motor behavior triggered by physical stimuli. For example, an approaching car (S) is associated with an acquired escape response (R). According to the behaviorist point of view, therefore, there is nothing in between the S and the R (no memory, no emotions, no interpretations, and no perception of danger).
According to the traditional school of behaviorism, the scientific way for Psychology was to study how associations between Ss and Rs are formed, maintained, and dissolved. In Hans Eysenck's Uses and Abuses, you would find detailed description of laboratory experiments with rats and pegions describing all possible experiences of such creatures in terms of motor behavior (i.e., memory, fear, depression, satisfaction, attraction, aggression, perception, etc. were either definable by motor behavior or marginalized as epiphenomena).
Since the beginnings of the second half of the 20th century, Psychology has come a long way from where the behaviorist wanted it to remain. Cognitive processes, and how they are related to emotions and behavior, have become the master subject, if not the only one, in psychological studies. Thus, memory, language, representations, schemas, images, and other cognitive processes and structures are now indispensable concepts to any psychological theorization.
When I was about to finish my B. E. in Psychology (King Saud University), I was interested in both real world issues as well as scientific theories. The area of psychology that I thought would suffice for my concerns was Social Psychology; it was an experimental theoretical field as much as it was about real world issues (e.g., interpersonal relations, intergroup relations, attitudes, aggression, health behavior, stressful daily events, etc.).
I did my Psychology Ph.D. in the Faculty of Science & Technology, Lancaster University, UK. My thesis was based on a social cognitive theory, and was about relations and adjustments among young offenders to living in correctional institutions. I pursued my interest in studying "real life issues", while still keeping close to my interest in general psychological theory.
Having spent a few years of pure research, I decided to take a side track, a track that I left in the third year of my B.E. studies. That was the track of clinical psychology, but it is a clinical psychology that is different from the one I left earlier in my career; it is a clinical psychology based on the scientist-practitioner model, and borrowed freely and heavily from cognitive and social psychology, far much more than from behaviorism and psychoanalysis.
So I did a Graduate Diploma in cognitive behavior therapies in New Zealand. Then I enrolled in a program of Master in Clinical Psychology in the School of Psychology (University of South Australia). I finished 90% of the course work, and working now on my clinical internship under supervision as well as on my thesis. Parts of my clinical internship I spent in King Faisal Specialist Hospital, King Khaled University Hospital, and now I am doing clinical training at Alamal Complex for Mental Health.
In other words, I took a full circle around my small world, and I am probably starting the second round, if time permits.
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