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Ghanaians urged to acknowledge psychology

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The Department of Psychology at the University of Ghana has advocated the need for Ghanaians to acknowledge psychology in their everyday life.

The Department of Psychology at the University of Ghana has advocated the need for Ghanaians to acknowledge psychology in their everyday life.

 

The department believes it would not only benefit the nation but also help erase the misconception about the study among the public.

This was revealed at the 50th anniversary of the department in Accra, dubbed ‘U-G Department of Psychology in retrospect: successes, challenges and prospects.’

Addressing the gathering, the Head of Psychology Department at the school, Maxwell Asumeng noted that psychology is only popular among students and not the public as a result of low awareness.

“Not many Ghanaians are familiar with psychology as in the case of some traditional courses, probably because it is not well marketed,” he said.

Dr Asumeng further revealed that even though the public has limited psychology to the reading of minds, the study entails more.

“It is the scientific study of human behavior and to some extent animal behavior. The goals are to understand, explain, predict and control human behavior in all endeavours including the work place, social and community setting, health, educational, crime and legal setting,” he explained.

As part of efforts to ensure that psychology is affected in national development, Dr Maxwell Asumeng mentioned that the department has introduced a new course:Psychology and National Development, that is intended to enable students understand how psychology can be applied to areas of national endeavours for development.

“We also developing a programme including a certificate and short modular programmes in Sports, Exercise and Coaching Psychology intended to equip professional, local and national sportsmen, coaches and administrators to enhance their professional practices and performances,” he said.

He however said that though faced with many challenges, the department would work assiduously to ensure that Ghanaians appreciate what the study is about and how it can make significance impact in their lives and well-being.

For her part, Dean of Social Science at the school Charity Akotia hoped that the level of awareness and discipline would increase and that the public would seek the services of psychologists.

“It is about time to move psychology in our communities, we must make Ghana feel the presence of psychology,” she said.