Psychology Topics

The study of psychology deals with important aspects of human behaviour and mental processes. The study of psychology is significant to one’s personal growth and development and for facilitating the process of social development.

The way we think, feel and behave with the people and world around us influence our adjustment.

1. Foundations of Psychology

  1. Nature and Definition of Psychology
  2. Scope of Psychology
  3. Basic Psychological processes
  4. Fields of Psychology
  5. Approaches to Study Psychological Processes
  6. Methods to understand Psychological Processes
  7. Psychological Tools
  8. Nature of Individual Differences
  9. Assessing Individual Differences
  10. Intelligence and its Assessment
  11. Aptitudes and Interests, and their Assessment
  12. Nature of Personality
  13. Techniques of Personality Assessment

2. Basic Psychological Processes

  1. Meaning of Learning
  2. How Do We Learn
  3. Reinforcement and Observational Learning
  4. Other Types of Learning
  5. Transfer of Training
  6. Tips for Better Study Habits
  7. Sensation
  8. Perception
  9. Perceptual Organisation
  10. Attention
  11. Extra Sensory Perception
  12. Applications of Perception in Everyday Life
  13. Memory
  14. Types of Memory
  15. Stages of Memory
  16. Forgetting
  17. Strategies for Enhancing Memory
  18. Repression: Forgetting Painful Events
  19. Nature of Thinking
  20. Problem Solving
  21. Creativity and its Role in Life
  22. Decision Making
  23. Nature of Motivation
  24. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
  25. Primary Needs
  26. Secondary Needs
  27. Nature of Emotions
  28. Role of Motivation and Emotion in Human Behaviour

3. Human Development

  1. Nature and Concept of Development
  2. Key Developmental Concepts
  3. Characteristics of Development
  4. Domains of Development
  5. Indigenous View of Life Stages
  6. Stages of Development
  7. Influences on Development
  8. Childhood
  9. Physical and Motor Development in Childhood
  10. Cognitive Development in Childhood
  11. Socio-Emotional and Personality Development in Childhood
  12. Socialization in Childhood
  13. Concept of Adolescence
  14. Biological and Social Nature of Adolescence
  15. Factors Determining Pattern of Transition
  16. Developmental Tasks for Adolescents
  17. Physical Development in Adolescence
  18. Adulthood Stage
  19. Middle Age and Old Age
  20. Physical and Cognitive Changes During Adulthood
  21. Coping with Problems during Old Age
  22. Importance of Aged People in the Society

4. Social Psychological Processes

  1. Importance of Groups
  2. Characteristics of a Group
  3. Group Dynamics
  4. Group’s Effect on Performance
  5. Formal and Informal Groups
  6. Group Development
  7. Leadership and Qualities of a Leader
  8. Theories of Leadership
  9. Meaning of Communication
  10. Types of Communication
  11. Effective Communication
  12. Role and Impact of Media
  13. Nature of Attitudes
  14. Functions of Attitude
  15. Formation and Change of Attitudes
  16. Relationship Between Attitude and Behaviour
  17. Beliefs and Behaviour
  18. Social Cognition
  19. Poverty as Social Problem
  20. Drug Addiction as Social Problem
  21. Dowry as Social Problem
  22. School Dropout, Stagnation and Wastage
  23. Social and Educational Problems

5. Health and Well Being

  1. Concepts of Happiness and Well Being
  2. Factors Influencing Well-Being
  3. Happiness, Well-Being and Need Satisfaction
  4. Characteristics of Happy People
  5. Self-Actualization and Mature Personailty
  6. Strengths of Self Actualized Individuals
  7. Developing Positive Emotions
  8. Stress as a Source of Disturbed Mental Health
  9. Types of Conflicts and Frustrations
  10. Types of Mental Disorders
  11. Psychotherapeutic Process
  12. Process of Coping with Stress
  13. Mental Health and Hygiene
  14. Signs of Poor Mental Health
  15. Behaviours Which Sustain Good Health
  16. Strategies for Time Management

6. Work Life and Environmental Concerns

  1. Aptitude
  2. Interest
  3. Ability
  4. Mental Age and IQ
  5. Analyzing and Communicating Job Requirements
  6. Preparation for the Vocational Role
  7. Special Training
  8. Concept of Career, Vocation and Occupation
  9. General Requirements for a Vocation
  10. Problems and Prospects of Career Choice
  11. Organization as a System
  12. Sub Systems of an Organization
  13. Organizational Climate
  14. Interpersonal Relationships at Work
  15. Productivity and Excellence at Work
  16. Strategies for Developing Productivity at Work
  17. Environmental Stress
  18. Pollution Issues
  19. Sustainable Development

7. Yoga: A Way of Living

  1. What is Yoga
  2. Different Types of Yoga
  3. Yoga to Keep Fit
  4. Main Asanas of Yoga
  5. Pranayam
  6. Meditation
  7. Self-Development through Yoga
  8. Applications of Yoga in Life
  9. How Yoga Shapes Attitudes, Thinking and Behaviour
  10. Yoga for Motivation and Excellence
  11. Patanjali on Mind: Nature, Functions and States
  12. Eight-fold Path of Yoga
  13. Theory of Trigunas
  14. Five Sheaths of Human Existence
  15. Development of Koshas
  16. Sri Aurobindo on Levels of Consciousness
  17. Controlling and Regulating the Mind
  18. Jeevan Vigyan
  19. Preksha Dhyan
  20. Art of Living
  21. Transcendental Meditation
  22. Vipassana