The right choice for you?
You are no doubt interested in people’s behaviour, but you also need to be aware that psychology is a science. This means you will be trained to look at things from different perspectives and be as objective as possible. Being good at observing people and listening to them is important for a psychologist. A feeling for language helps too and your English is perfect. You have it in you to think systematically and analytically, and to reason clearly. Psychology is a fitting field for people with inquisitive minds.
In the bachelor’s phase you need to be interested in science, in theories and psychological research. The practical courses are typically part of the master’s phase, as is the internship. Throughout the bachelor’s phase you need to read a great many books and articles and you need to spend a lot of time studying independently and doing homework. And statistics is an important part of the programme. All this requires a healthy dose of discipline.
Are you worried about the amount and level of literature you will have to read? If you want to get an impression of the academic level of the literature, try some titles of representative books:
- Gray, P. & Bjorklund, D.F. (2014), Psychology (7th ed.). New York: Worth Publishers
- Kalat, J.W. (2012). Biological Psychology (11th edition, International Edition). Wadsworth/Cengage Learning. ISBN-10: 1-111-83952-2
- Chalmers, A. F. (2003). What is this thing called Science? (3rd edition). Open University Press (McGraw-Hill). ISBN (pbk) 0 335 20109
- Siegler, R. DeLoache, J., Eisenberg, N. (2010). How Children Develop (3rd edition, International Edition). New York: Worth Publishers ISBN-10: 1-4292-5375-8
- Beliefs about Lying and Spreading of Dishonesty: Undetected Lies and Their Constructive and Destructive Social Dynamics in Dice Experiments?
Please note that current courses of the first year may use different titles or newer editions than the ones listed above.