Psychology History and Systems
Chapter eighteen starts with the question of whether or not applied psychology uses scientific knowledge to better the human condition or if it is misused for selfish goals. Obviously not all parts of applied psychology are going to be used for good. Many will take for granted what we have learned from applied psychology research and use it to better themselves and their own goals. Aside from the portion of people who misuse such scientific evidence, applied psychology has been beneficial for humans as a whole in many different ways.
I’d like to focus on how applied psychology has been beneficial to the health field because health psychology is an interest of mine. One observation I found very interesting is how the disruption of social ties and physical and psychological illness are related. Hunt describes how researchers have found evidence that depression and an associated weakening of immune response are more common among divorced and widowed people than married ones. The solution recommended by psychologists is social support which has shown to moderate the vulnerability to stress. This principle provides great insight when trying to help people suffering from depression or weakening immune responses. Knowing how outside factors such as the economy, society, and social ties are connected to someones health is critical in trying to help someone recover from mental of physical illness. The example Hunt provides is only one small way health psychology has been used to better people's lives.Aside from the example above, there are many other issues in the health field that have been advanced by psychology and have benefited humans as a whole. Other fields like education, human engineering, environmental and many more also use applied psychology. Despite the small portion of people whose objective is to use applied psychology for selfish purposes, without it humans would be worse off. I think Hunt does a very good job at showing the implications of how applied psychology, when used for the good of the people, is beneficial to humanity.