Psychology Personal Statement
The constant sense of discovery is what I find most captivating about Psychology: looking at an individual's pretentious behaviour in an analytical way allows me to glance at the world in a new and contemporary angle.
I have a fascination in understanding how the mind absorbs information, interpreted within certain cognitive processes resulting in a behaviour that is willed or unwilled.
My desire to study Social Psychology and especially the question of how an individual's behaviour can have a positive or negative impact on society was first awakened through 'Fear of Freedom' by Erich Fromm.
This enabled me to explore factors such as economics, politics and the context in which socialisation creates the environment in which the individual develop and find meaning.
The A level Psychology syllabus has confirmed my commitment to Psychology, and encouraged me to challenge and expand upon my perceptions of the subject.
The diversity of developmental and cognitive thought I have discovered, in Jean Piaget's experiments for instance, has made me curious, and led me to research experiments including Margaret Donaldson's Children's Minds which drew my attention to the social context in which a child learns and the child's understanding of that context.
What is most intriguing is the fact that children are actively working out what the experimenter wants and may well misjudge the situation through no fault of their own which contradicts Piaget's theory on Conservation.
I feel the A-Levels I study have a number of transferable skills and complects in aiding the study of Psychology.
I enjoy Economics because we look at the real cost of making choices and also I have learnt how concepts and theories provide a tool to help me understand how economies work and develop.
I have found Adam Smiths theory on 'Invisible Hand' most striking because it focuses on the ideas of capitalism, a person pursuing self-interest will result in an increase in the common good.
Studying Law has given me an insight into the fundamentals that make up our English Legal System and has helped me realise that the rule of law is crucial in providing a basis for trust and predictability.
Both these subjects have taught me to develop my analytical and evaluative skills, and also problem solving skills. I believe all the qualities I have gained through my courses are essential in order to strengthen my competence.
In my spare time, I take pleasure in reading be it short stories or never ending novels. I enjoy playing badminton and tennis: being a member of my local tennis club has enabled me to interact with other people who share similar interests. Something which I find significant is the belief that every one of us can make the world a better place be it by helping others.
As someone pointed out We have two hands, one to help yourself the second to help others. I am been fortunate to take part in charitable events raising money for organisations ranging from Breast Cancer to Aids.
My remaining free time goes in working as a sales adviser. The retail experience has given me a great insight in to my interpersonal skills and taught me how to deal with a various range of situations efficiently
I would be an asset to your university and am very enthusiastic about my subjects. The course you offer will broaden my knowledge, satisfy my curiosity and deepen my understanding; I am very determined and thoughtful, and would find the course you offer highly motivating.
This personal statement was written by Taz for application in 2008.
Please read it and your comments/suggestions will be grateful and appreciated. (This is not my final draft though!). Thanks for those who made copmments and gave useful criticisms.