Cognitive psychology has found major application in both personal andrelational issues. It is the study of the mind and its function asrelates to factors such as learning, attention, memory, reasoning,conceptual development, reasoning, and decision making (Groome, &Eysenck, 2016). Cognitive psychology is essential for the role itplays in determining how people execute their personal issues andresponsibilities at the workplace.
The application of cognitive psychology to one’s personal andworkplace issues arises when it comes to the aspect of reasoning anddecision-making. Individuals face various issues on a day to daybasis. In every situation, one is expected to make a decision basedon the circumstances that are inexistent. For example, when one isfaced with a personal issue, they use the aspect of memory to helpthem deal with the same. Notably, when one undergoes a particularexperience such as heartbreak, if an opportunity presents for them toget into another relationship, they will use the experience they hadto decide on whether to get into a relationship or not. Also, apositive experience such as realization of success in passing examsis likely to motivate one psychological into pursuing furthereducation. At the workplace, the achievement of identified goalsusing a particular strategy is likely to influence decisions made bythe organization as they focus on scaling up their activities.Further, cognitive psychology can equally be applied in the workplaceby training employees to equip them with needed skills to executetheir mandate.
The Process of Learning
Learning can be described as that process in which one acquires newknowledge, skills, behaviors, values or preferences (Siemens, 2014).It is a continuous process that is manifested by the individualthrough the depiction of how they conduct themselves. The processenables one to act in a manner that is different to how they used tobefore learning the particular art. The occurrence of learning can bedetermined when there is a change in behavior, skill or valuesportrayed by the individual. For example, if one was learning abouthow to communicate efficiently with people, the process can beperceived as being successful if the individual is indeed able toarticulate the skill effectively. The manner in which the individualcommunicates can serve to confirm whether learning took placesuccessfully. Contrary, if no meaningful change is depicted, then itwould be a confirmation that learning did not occur since theindividual has acquired no new skill.
Descriptionof the Time I was a Successful Learner
My training to be a peer counselor reminded of the period when I wasa successful learner. The training enabled me to learn more aboutpeer counseling and how to interact with people at different whenthey presented with challenges that faced them. The keys to successincluded the ability to engage professionally with my peers who werefaced with personal problems. The ability to listen to them and helpget a solution to the problem affecting them served as a confirmationthat learning was successful. Peer counseling was not an easy taskbut being nominated as the best among those whom we trained with wasa confirmation of successful learning. The other key to success wasthe ability to discuss and formulate approaches and activities aimedat helping those struggling with their personal issues.
Overall, cognitive psychology has found considerable application inboth personal and workplace issues. The process of learning equipsone with skills necessary to deal with issues at the personal level.Further, decision-making skills are acquired which are necessary foraddressing various workplace issues.
Groome, D., &Eysenck, M. (2016). An introduction to applied cognitivepsychology.
Siemens, G. (2014).Connectivism: A learning theory for the digital age.