A warm greeting to all the readers. I will have the opportunity in this monthly column to deal with many topics that will concern psychology at 360 degrees. From time to time, we will deal with the main pillars of psychology, outlining in a clearer manner, how they come together in the formation of the human mind. More specifically, we will define how everything we do today comes from our past. By placing an emphasis on it, we can develop the ability to read our present behaviour in the wake of past events. The more we can “feel” what strings of our past resonate in our present, the more we mature a good awareness of how we function in the present, in the “here and now”.
This first article will lead us to analyse what role psychology plays in our daily lives, how it is received by people and what potential it could have.
I would start by focusing on a basic aspect, but really interesting and in need of reflection. Everything that we go to realize in the course of our days, always calls into question our mental functioning. It is a basic assumption to begin to understand how important it is to place the right importance on what happens inside our mind.
Speaking of mental functioning, I am going to talk about the processes or rather “mental dynamics”, that are being set in motion in different behaviors. From these introductory lines, we may understand the importance that our psyche assumes in our daily life and even more, the need to develop a basic knowledge of how we have structured ourselves over the years.
I often stumble across the feeling of <<…I don’t believe in psychology…>>. I believe that talking about psychology, as mentioned above, becomes talking about our past and present experiences that will generate a future. As much as this is objective, so obvious becomes the existence of psychology and psychotherapy, and its usefulness in understanding our functioning.
The “way” in which we relate, approach and react to situations, all those “thoughts” that move in our mind when we talk to someone, try to do something new, try to reorganize our days or periods of life, all come from our specific, and even better, unique, mental functioning.
What do we mean when we talk about psychology and psychotherapy?
Psychology: Psychology is the science that studies behavior and mind, through the study of psychic, mental and cognitive processes in their conscious and unconscious components, through the use of the scientific method and/or relying on an intrapersonal subjective perspective. This study therefore concerns the cognitive and affective processes of the individual, individual and group human behavior, and the relationship between the subject and the environment.
Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy is a therapeutic practice of clinical psychology and psychiatry, carried out by a psychotherapist, who deals with the treatment of
Psychopathological disorders of different nature and entity, ranging from modest maladjustment or personal discomfort to severe symptomatology, and which can manifest themselves in neurotic or psychotic symptoms such as to damage the well-being of a person to the point of hindering their development, causing dysfunctional functioning in the life of the individual.
An excellent focus of this article becomes, learning to observe how much what we do and think is uniquely ours. Although we can think we move in an absolute correctness, we are always within our only self-centered way of thinking, the result of our life history. Losing this focus will make us lose.