As a discipline, psychology has not been afraid to cross boundaries and examine the phenomena that are central to other disciplines. Cross-cultural psychology examines issues of interest to anthropologists; clinical psychologists and psychiatrists are often interested in the same thing; while mathematical psychology could be seen almost as a branch of mathematics. Educational psychologists, counselling psychologists, military psychologists and medical psychologists are interested in behavior in settings occupied by other experts. The range of interests of psychologists seems almost unlimited. There is a psychology of the Chinese and the psychology of Christmas; there is the psychology of lying and of literature; a psychology of religion and race relations. Psychologists have also formed a close relationship with experts in the arts, medical, physical, and social sciences. The one curious exception however has been, until comparatively recently, economics. While both disciplines are particularly interested in decision making and to a lesser extent in things like gambling and unemployment, psychologists have paid little attention to the really big economic issues such as the causes and consequences of poverty and wealth.


Social Security Work Ethic Charitable Donation Attribution Theory Compassion Fatigue 
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