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What is the purpose of psychology?

The purpose of psychology is to understand how the mind works so that we can help people deal with neuroses, or mental and emotional disorders.

Psychology's function is both diagnostic and therapeutic. By knowing how the mind works, we can better diagnose a problem. And through therapy, namely psychoanalysis, we are able to treat the problem.

Psychoanalysis helps us to gain mastery over unconscious impulses. It is the technology to improve the human mind.

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