The Whys and Hows of the Scientific Path in Applied Psychology



If the average applied psychology student is asked confidentially why they are pursuing a career in their field, the most likely answer is “to help people.” Although this answer is such a cliché that it sometimes causes graduate admissions committee members to wrinkle their noses, in fact it is perfectly appropriate. The ultimate purpose of applied psychology is to alleviate human suffering and promote human health and happiness. Unfortunately, good will does not necessarily imply good outcomes. If mere intentionality were enough, there would never have been a reason for psychology in the first place, since human beings have always desired a happy life and shown compassion for others. It is not enough for psychology students to want to help: one must also know how to help.


Applied Psychology Practitioner Model Psychological Flexibility Healthcare Delivery System Professional Psychology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of NevadaRenoUSA
  2. 2.Fit LearningRenoUSA

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