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By Tara L. Kuther

This instruction manual, via Tara L. Kuther, bargains undergraduate scholars the knowledge they should make expert judgements approximately even if to pursue psychology as a massive and profession, in addition to reach their psychology path. the 1st bankruptcy introduces scholars to the scope of psychology and the subspecialties inside psychology. next chapters support scholars investigate their talents, talents, and pursuits. occupation possibilities on the undergraduate and graduate degrees are awarded so scholars can come to a decision even if psychology is an acceptable significant for them. to be had at a reduced fee while packaged with the textual content; touch your Wadsworth Cengage studying consultant for additional information.

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Why? 5. Are there any skills that you don’t currently have, but would like to develop? Explain. 36 CHAPTER 2 By now you realize that you already have an array of skills. Are you interested in using and pursing those skills? We tend to like and be interested in things that we are good at. Is that true for you? You may not have skills in a particular area, but if you find it interesting, you can seek the education and training to develop the necessary skills. Don’t let your current competence levels dictate your choices.

Would you like a CHOOSING A MAJOR: IS PSYCHOLOGY FOR YOU? 37 family (and if so, large or small)? Is financial success important? Values are the things that are important to you, that you see as desirable in life. Spend time thinking through your priorities. Journal writing can help you to understand and clarify your values. Consider the following collection of values, categorized by theme. 4 Values Service Adventure Leadership ❑ Active in community ❑ Excitement ❑ Help others ❑ Risk taking ❑ Influence people and opinions ❑ Help society and the world ❑ Travel ❑ Supervise others ❑ Drama ❑ Work with and help people in meaningful way ❑ Exciting tasks ❑ Power authority and control ❑ Good health ❑ Make decisions ❑ Direct work of others ❑ Leadership ❑ Coordinate people, data, and stuff ❑ Hiring and firing responsibility Creativity Relationships Financial Reward ❑ Aesthetic appreciation ❑ Organization affiliation ❑ High earnings ❑ Artistic creativity ❑ Work friendships ❑ Commission-based work ❑ Creative expression ❑ Family ❑ Material possessions ❑ Develop and express new ideas ❑ Work with others—teamwork ❑ Very high salary ❑ No routine ❑ Public contact ❑ Work on own or as creative team ❑ Friendly work atmosphere ❑ Flexible working conditions ❑ Work with people you like ❑ Recognition ❑ Spirituality ❑ Status ❑ Personal fulfillment ❑ Extra pay for extra work ❑ Long hours ❑ Changing work responsibilities ❑ Diversity of tasks ❑ New projects 38 CHAPTER 2 Prestige Meaning and Purpose Variety ❑ Respect / stature ❑ Varied tasks ❑ Professional position ❑ Work related to ideals ❑ Responsibility ❑ Make a difference ❑ Responsibility and pay are related to education and experience ❑ Express inner self in work ❑ Range of settings and situations Security Independence Physical Activity ❑ Stability ❑ Time freedom ❑ Outdoor work ❑ Predictability ❑ Autonomy ❑ Physical challenge ❑ Low pressure ❑ Set own pace and working conditions, flexible hours ❑ Physical fitness ❑ Job assurance ❑ Guaranteed annual salary in secure, stable company ❑ Meet new people ❑ Integrate belief system into work ❑ No desk job ❑ Choose team or work alone ❑ Retirement benefits ❑ Live in familiar location Intellectual Challenge Productivity Advancement ❑ Address challenging problems ❑ Competent and proficient ❑ Promotions ❑ Pursue/obtain knowledge ❑ Fast paced work ❑ Constant updating of information and ability to deal with new ideas ❑ Work with creative and intellectually stimulating people ❑ Acknowledged expert ❑ Research and development ❑ Efficient work habits ❑ Hard work is rewarded ❑ Quality and productivity rewarded by rapid advancement ❑ Work under pressure ❑ Competition ❑ Limited only by energy and initiative CHOOSING A MAJOR: IS PSYCHOLOGY FOR YOU?

Scientists’ work ultimately can impact society. In reporting results, a psychologist should be mindful of the social and political implications of his or her work (Society for Research in Child Development, 1996). Researchers must consider how their findings will be portrayed in the media and must work to correct misinterpretations. Researchers must attempt to foresee the inferences that people may draw about their findings and prepare to correct misinterpretations. Ethics and You How do psychologists navigate the ethical issues that may arise in their work?

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