Many people think life is a lot more complicated than it was a few generations ago. We've got the ability to travel the world in just a few hours but where will we stay when we get there? What will we do? What will we eat? How will we communicate? And why do the people there behave so strangely?
These questions don't just apply to travel in foreign lands. They're just as appropriate in our daily lives and our own backyards.
The question of why people do what they do has intrigued people throughout time but its only in the last 100 years or so that psychology universities, entire school systems devoted to how and why people think and do what they think and do, have come into existence.
Psychology universities are located in almost every country of the world. Everybody wants to know what's going on inside the heads of our families, our colleagues, neighbors, customers. Ourselves.
It takes a special kind of person to enroll in psychology universities. Many people require the ability to see, hear, and touch the focus of their studies but that's impossible with psychology, where thoughts are the focus.
Only in cartoons and sometimes on film can we see the thoughts someone is having and that isn't exactly the version of thoughts that are scrutinized in psychology universities. Instead, the focus is on real thoughts, invisible, fleeting, mysterious.
The familiar adage is that people only enroll in psychology universities to understand what's going on in their own heads and that's about as good a reason as any for enrolling. It's true we're all unique and different but the differences aren't so great that unraveling one's own mental mysteries won't help others to do the same.
Whether it's the studies of our own minds that drive us to psychology universities or the study of the minds of others doesn't really matter. It's all some truly intriguing study that is being used in more ways every day and in more of the daily aspects of our lives, too, from shopping to working to loving our families and friends.
It's likely all the mysteries of the mind will never be unraveled, even if we all attended psychology universities. Seems like every answer generates a thousand more questions.