Introduction

Understanding Ourselves and Our Universe

How Psychology Can Turn the “Mystery of Human Nature” into Useful Tools for Self Improvement and Success in Life

An old song says, “Oh sweet mystery of life, at last I’ve found you.” If true, that was one fortunate songwriter! For throughout the long history of our species, humans have naturally sought answers to the mysteries in their lives — both sweet and sour — but, until quite recently, without much success. In this introductory course, we will first explain what we mean by scientific psychology (“SciPsy”), what alternative approaches have been used to try to understand human psychology (and with what success), and why scientific methods have proven best. After previewing the basic principles of “SciPsy”, we’ll end this course by introducing some scientific laws and principles that you can use to understand and answer questions about human psychology (with each subsequent course providing even better answers, in ever greater depth and breadth).

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