Psychology

Psychology is often described as the knowledge of human behaviour and experience. It is the description of everything that we can observe as an outer observer (behaviour) - and that which is accessible through our own inner observations (experience). With little more than a 100 years as an academic science, psychology today wrestles in many respects with what we understand as the human experience qualities (for example consciousness, awareness, memory) and feels itself in these aspects for a large part committed to the natural sciences. In the biologic, chemic or physic processes however we cannot find the essence of our human experiences. To research this methods need to be developed, which accomplish in the inner field what the natural sciences accomplish in the outer field. The anthroposophic knowledge of man has taken exactly this,  the research question of specific human experiences, as its task. It finds with this also an entrance into the questions towards the human soul and spirit.

Training

In many countries (Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland, USA) psychology is offered as academic subject in universities. A Bachelor study in psychology takes about 6 Semester (3 years). The acceptance criteria depend on the popularity of this subject in each country. In countries where this is high (for example in Germany) there are higher acceptance criteria. After the Bachelor study a Master can be taken, which takes between 2 and 4 semester. (For example 2 years in Germany, 1 year in Great Britain) As a psychologist you can work - depending on what work is on offer and which additional training you take - in many different fields: psychological test for diagnostic aims in hospitals or for the police, as advisor, in the field of economic psychology or forensic psychology. A Master in psychology is also the basis for further studies to become a clinical psychotherapist.