Guest Author: Karah Snyderman
Perhaps when you think of psychology, you imagine someone lying on a leather sofa, hands folded on his stomach, facing away from a well-dressed, distinguished-looking older man with a clipboard and a pen who’s jotting down notes as they talk. The patient is unburdening himself, maybe sniffling a little. This is certainly one aspect of the multifaceted psychology field, but it’s in no way at all comprehensive.
In fact, today there are more niches in psychology than ever before. As psychology has become more prominent and the stigma of seeking out a personal psychologist has eroded (in fact, it’s almost chic to have a therapist anymore), the field has become saturated with eager and inquisitive new students, who focus on popular subfields like clinical, social and even forensic psychology. What’s really beyond the therapist’s couch, you wonder? The answer is: some interesting and lesser-known careers in psychology.
Nothing is more exciting in the sports world than two big talents with big personalities clashing on the field. And in fact, personality is one area of study within the sport psychology field. Sport psych is defined as a multidisciplinary science that fuses psychology with Kinesiology, which is the study of human movement. Broadly, the field analyzes how the participation in sports effects both the mind and the body; sport psychologists also seek to explore how the honing and development of psychological skills affects athletic performance. For example, a sport psychologist might be interested in how goal-setting and imagery affects individual performance and final outcome during a big game. Yet sport psychology is also interested in coaching, team building and youth sport.