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Scholar-Journalist of the Week: Of psychology, common sense and misconceptions

This week’s Scholar-Journalist, Niyati Bali, seeks to dive deep into Psychology and Behavioural Sciences



Growing up observing her teacher-mother being sensitive to students’ needs, Niyati Bali, student of class 11 at Apeejay School, Faridabad, learnt to be more empathetic. Later on, she chose Psychology as a subject for her +2 to build upon her understanding of human mind and behaviour. In an interview, the student helps bust myths about the subject and advocates the role of a good value system in individuals. Read on:

Why did you want to talk about the topic ‘Of psychology, common sense and misconceptions’?

First, when I chose Psychology as a subject in class 11, I felt very fascinated. When I began to read more topics, I understood that it is very different from what we commonly perceive about Psychology and psychologists. I thought why not write about it and attempt to understand it the right way.

What, according to you, would be some myths people often relate to Psychology?

Well, people think that those who study or pursue the field of Psychology are the ones who need help. This is a gross misconception and we need to respect and value the profession. Psychologists attempt to understand our struggles and aid us in finding solutions to our problems. Also, many think that Psychologists are ‘mind-readers’. The same is not true because the subject is very understanding-based and application-oriented.

What is your career aspiration?

I wish to become a counsellor in the future.  

What kind of books do you read?

I like to read about mystery and crime. I recently read a book, ‘How to Stop Worrying and Start Living’ by Dale Carnegie. It was about how to be a better person and prevent yourself from the habit of self-doubt. We often think that people are judging us but that is not true. My key takeaway from the book was that everyone has their own mind and world in which they function and therefore, we must stop thinking that we are at the centre of it. My suggestion is to focus on one’s strengths and abilities to become more confident in life.

Your tips for fellow classmates?

Meditation helps when you are struggling to focus on yourself. Communicate your feelings whenever you feel low and write down your experiences.

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