Regardless of your major and your future career path, every single person can benefit from a little bit of a psychology background.

If you’re planning to work in business, with kids, or even locked away in a lab or operating room, psychology has a lot to teach us about others and ourselves and can be very beneficial in many aspects of life.

You’ll remember and use things you learned in psychology class later when you’re building a family, dealing with coworkers, and in general daily life. Here’s why you should minor in psychology.

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To Be More Empathetic

This doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to get all sappy, it just means you’ll be able to see things from other people’s points of view. We’re talking friends, coworkers, and even battered wives and abused employees across the world.

Psychology classes can help you understand where people are coming from and how they’re going to react and respond to certain situations and stimuli — helping you look for the other side of every story. Maybe you wouldn’t otherwise understand why someone is upset, but with a little bit of a psych background, you’ll have the tools to delve a little deeper to understand their issue and avoid fights and conflicts.

To Be a Better Communicator

The biggest problem with most relationships is communication. One person assumes one thing while the other assumes something else. This happens in every type of relationship — with significant others, friends, coworkers, family members, and even between professors and students. Psychology helps you learn the importance of communicating, and gives you many different ways to try and communicate with others.

You can also learn about what different types of body language mean so you can understand someone else, even if they’re not communicating well. You can even learn to adjust your own body language to get the right reaction from someone else.

To Learn About Yourself

Freud and other theorists set the stage for the rest of us to start learning a whole lot more about others and ourselves. Minoring in psychology opens the door to a new world of analysis. You might find out that you’ve been suffering from Middle Child Syndrome, or that you manifest stress in a dangerous way and suffer from high anxiety when you don’t have a plan.

Once you learn about your different quirks and behaviors, you can start to change them, learn from them, and avoid them when necessary.

To Be a Better Marketer

Anything you learn about the human psyche will help you in the marketing world. People respond to colors differently and react to very specific marketing methods. In fact, you could argue that marketing is really just advanced psychology on a mass scale.

You’ll figure out what people want, what they respond to, and how marketing tactics are based on human behaviors.

The Job Outlook is Good

Finally, jobs. Sure, you might want to hit up Wall Street when you graduate, but it’s always a good idea to have something strong to fall back on, and psychologists get paid pretty well.

Clinical psychology, school psychology, and industrial-organizational psychology are all in relatively high demand and growing.In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in this field are growing at a rate above average, and are expected to increase by 22% between 2010 and 2020.


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