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What's the difference between Social Psychology, Industrial Psychology, and Clinical Psychology?

since psychology is sooooooooo broad i want to get to know the different parts so that my mind is set towards a certain path for when the time comes that i need to pick my major in college. #clinical-psychology #social-psychology #industrial-psychology


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Jenn’s Answer

Social psychology is about studying humans' social relationships. Often, it lends itself to a research or teaching role.
Clinical psychology is more medical in nature; it can involve diagnosing and treating disorders.
Industrial psychology is about studying human behavior in the workplace.


This is just a basic description, since I focus mostly on developmental psychology (studying child development), but I hope it helps! I also wanted to give you the following link, which goes into a lot more detail about industrial psychology.
http://psychology.about.com/od/psychologycareerprofiles/p/iopsychcareers.htm
You should be able to find similar descriptions for social and clinical psychology on that site as well. Good luck!


Thank you for the information. I had same problem as Leslie, and this is very helpful in narrowing down such a vast topic Teal K.

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Kei’s Answer

Hi Leslie,

Here are my thoughts.

Social Psychology is the scientific study of how people's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by the actual, imagined or implied presence of others. Social psychologists examine factors that cause behaviors to unfold in a given way in the presence of others. They study conditions under which certain behavior, actions, and feelings occur. Social psychology is concerned with the way these feelings, thoughts, beliefs, intentions, and goals are cognitively constructed and how these mental representations, in turn, influence our interactions with others.

Industrial Psychology is practiced in the corporate world or workplace. This is mainly focused on work within the Human Resources field.

Clinical Psychology is a mental health profession. Clinical psychologists meet with clients to identify problems—emotional, mental and behavioral—in their lives. Through observation, interviews and tests, the psychologist will diagnose any existing or potential disorders. ... Identify psychological, emotional or behavioral issues.

Hope that helps.

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