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The Human Mind and Its Corresponding Behaviour

It seems oddly fitting that our first Psychology lesson, a subject we had never studied earlier and were immensely excited for, began with the chaos of most of us not knowing what classes we had at that time- an experience that would mingle well during subject exploration.

Once seated, Ms. Patricia asked us to introduce ourselves with our names, something we like, why we chose Psychology and what we think Psychology is. We learned that some of us chose to study psychology either because it fit with our career paths, because we were unsure of our career paths, or simply because we were curious. We also, as a class, listed down what we believe Psychology is and concluded that it is the study of the human mind and its corresponding behaviour.

We had been breaking down and discussing the formal definition of Psychology when Captain Bajaj joined our class. As we covered the terms ‘behaviour’ and ‘mental processes,’ he had made the observational connection between our way of thinking during the mix-up of subjects and bands, and how our behaviour of either trying to find a solution or patiently waiting for a teacher reflected the same thought process.

Ms. Patricia had used the most mundane of situations that had occurred during the lesson to break down the topic for us – for example, someone had forgotten a statement spoken aloud and she had explained the connection between the mental process of paying attention and one’s behaviour in that situation. This made it both easier for us to clear our doubts while also giving us an insight on the complexity behind even the simplest of actions in our lives.

To conclude the introductory lesson to the subject, we did a ‘Think, Pair, Share’ activity. Ms. Patricia gave us a statement and, as pairs, we were to discuss and decide whether it was true, with proper justification. The purpose of the activity had been to understand the term scientific study and had led into a class discussion upon the importance of research in Psychology.

This class had been an insightful introduction to both the subject Psychology, a class we had never had before, and the ins-and-outs of how classes work in the DP space.

Bhoomi Kaur Narula