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Branches of psychology

Modern psychology is a wide area of ​​knowledge, including a number of separate disciplines and scientific areas. The psyche is multidimensional. Its historical and social development led to the need to integrate many sciences that directly or indirectly addressed human life issues.

According to S.L. Rubinshtein, branches can be conditionally divided into main (basic) and auxiliary (applied) ones. The main branches include those aspects of psychology that reveal significant characteristics of the human psyche (and animal behavior) in different areas of its manifestation:

• age-related psychology,

• social Psychology,

• psychology of Personality,

• zoopsychology,

• pedagogical psychology,

psychology of abnormal development, etc.

The main thing in this industry is the knowledge of the basic mechanisms of the psyche. The auxiliary branches include what is associated with the study of the problem of the manifestation of the psyche in specific types of human activity (professions):

• labor psychology,

• medical psychology,

• legal psychology,

• psychology of management,

• military psychology,

• advertising psychology,

• psychology of trade, etc. (the enumeration series can be continued - how many professions, how many there can be applied branches).

According to A.V. Petrovsky, the psychological side is chosen as the basis for the classification of branches of psychology:

1. specific activities;

2. development (studies the mental aspects of human development);

3. The relationship of a person to society (studies mental phenomena that arise in the process of interaction between people in various social groups).

The branches of psychology that study the psychological problems of specific types of human activity:

• labor psychology explores the psychological characteristics of the person’s labor activity, psychological aspects of the scientific organization of labor;

• medical psychology studies the psychological aspects of health and illness, the psychological foundations of the activities of medical personnel;

• pedagogical psychology considers the psychological laws of the processes of training and education;

• legal psychology is divided into forensic psychology, which examines the psychological characteristics of the behavior of participants in criminal proceedings, criminal psychology, dealing with problems of behavior and personality formation of the offender, the motives of the crime, as well as penitentiary psychology, studying the psychology of a prisoner in correctional institutions;

• Engineering psychology analyzes the processes of informational interaction between a person and technical devices, solving the problems of engineering and psychological design in the "man - machine" system;

• sports psychology considers the psychological characteristics of the personality and activities of athletes, the conditions and means of their psychological preparation;

• industries that deal with the psychological aspects of advertising, business, management, creativity and many other human activities.


Branches of psychology that study various aspects of mental development:

• developmental psychology traces the development of the psyche in ontogenesis - its sections are child psychology, adolescent psychology, youth psychology, adult psychology, gerontopsychology;

• comparative psychology studies the patterns, origin and development of the psyche of animals and humans;

• Psychology of abnormal development, or special psychology, explores violations of the child’s mental development.

The branches of psychology that study the relationship between the individual and society:

• social psychology explores mental phenomena in the process of the relationship of people with each other;

• Ethnopsychology focuses on ethnic characteristics of the psyche of people, ethnic stereotypes, etc.

It can be stated that the branch sphere of psychology is in constant development; intensive development of industries at the end of the 20th century. - beginning of the XXI century. connected with the socio-economic needs of society; sectoral development is characterized by a process of differentiation, which generates branching, and integration, forming the possibility of combining previously unrelated industries and sciences.
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Branches of psychology

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