I have been writing for Psych Central for over a year, and I want to hear from you now. Are there any topics you would like me to write about? Any topics that interest you, are personally relevant to your situation—anything in the world of psychology or mental health that you would like to learn more about? If so, let me know in the comment section, and if the topic is something I already know or can research, I will try to cover it in future posts.
Since I began writing for Psych Central I have already covered numerous topics. My first article, before I was given a blog, was a review of a movie on eating disorders. Later articles covered gratitude, self-esteem, and narcissism.
My blog focused on fear and anxiety and the difference between the two, anxiety disorders, social phobia, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and most recently, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Later posts also discussed mindfulness, internet addiction, how to self-motivate, the psychology of abuse, but also topics related to current events, like the psychology of being a sports fan, and the traumatic effects of separating children from their parents at the US-Mexico border.
Psychology is a broad field, so to give you an idea of potential areas of discussion, let me mention a few branches and domains within psychology. (I provide a brief simplified definition and examples for each domain):
Abnormal and clinical psychology examines the assessment and treatment of mental illness—anxiety, depression, suicide, autism, schizophrenia, eating disorders, narcissistic personality disorder, etc.
Biopsychology focuses on the biological components of behavior. In biopsychology, we learn about the brain and nervous system anatomy, hormones, neurotransmitters, etc.
Cognitive psychology tries to understand our mental processes; these include those involved in attention, perception, remembering, reasoning, and decision-making.
Social psychology examines how people relate to and influence each other. It covers identity, relationships, attraction, group behavior, etc.
Developmental psychology researches how humans develop emotionally, socially, cognitively, and morally during various periods of their lives (e.g., during adolescence).
Personality psychology investigates people’s enduring patterns of behavior, emotions, and thinking (e.g., introversion, neuroticism, impulsivity).
Of course, many important questions are not limited to only one field or subfield of psychology. For instance:
-Reasons why we dream.
-Causes of gender differences.
-Various aspects of intelligence, memory, language, and consciousness.
-Causes of mental illness.
Some of you may be less interested in general topics and more in personally relevant questions. For example:
-How can I study more effectively?
-How can I have better relationships?
-How can I sleep better?
Perhaps some readers are also wondering what issues interest me. I enjoy educating people and sharing information, so in a lot of ways what interests me is what people want me to talk about. But side from that, I have numerous academic interests, such as:
-Philosophy and history of clinical psychology and psychiatry
-Cultural psychology (including the psychology of immigration)
-Fear and anxiety
-Mental illness (e.g., Major depressive disorder, OCD, some personality disorders)
Okay, so once again, let me know what you think. You can also leave comments on my personal blog, as a few people did before, but the problem is I sometimes miss people’s comments or they are categorized as spam, so I prefer you share your views here if possible. Either way, let me know what you think and what interests you. Thank you for reading. Till next time.