The term 'psychology' is derived from a Latin word which means the study of the soul or mind. Psychology is a science based on the study of human psyche, behavior, and mental health. The field of psychology is a vast arena, with a variety of sub fields like child psychology, clinical psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, industrial psychology, etc. With psychology being such an interesting and challenging field, many students are taking it up as a career. To become a psychologist, one has to gain a bachelor's degree and a postgraduate degree specializing in a particular field. Taking up a Ph.D. also helps. The field of psychology thrives on continuous research and every course requires students to write research papers on different subjects of psychology.
To make a research paper interesting, it is necessary to have a good topic in hand. Since psychology offers a plethora of topics, students may have a difficult time in choosing one. The most important criteria for selecting a research topic is the student's interest and area of specialization. Writing a research paper in psychology involves a lot of reading as well as field work -- therefore, the topic chosen becomes utmost important. Most sub-fields of psychology are broad, like the main subject, and research on a vast topic can become problematic. Hence, it is necessary to opt for a topic that is narrow and concise. For instance, memory is a vast topic and just opting for memory as a research title might be impossible to tackle. The student should narrow down the topic to something on the lines of 'How does age affect memory?'. Such topics can make the paper interesting as well as specific.
Exactly how many times have we come face-to-face with the ugly truth that us humans are an awfully twisted lot? Countless, I would say. Consider the number of instances of rape, murder, domestic violence, child abuse, corruption, kidnapping, and terrorism (the list goes on) we come across in the news and on the Internet on a daily basis - isn't that proof enough that humanity is literally going to the dogs with each passing day? Don't these statistics make you want to throw up in revulsion (partly owing to the depraved nature of these acts and partly due to the fact that you too belong to the same Homo sapiens species as the perpetrators of these crimes)?
So, what does psychology have to do with all these? Well, pretty much everything! The chief and sole difference between a God-fearing, law-abiding, civil and socially adequate citizen and a perverted, unempathetic sociopath is psychology. Yes, it is the mind and the goings on inside it that make two people as different from each other as Mother Teresa and Adolf Hitler (there, I guess I just set the torch of controversy aflame with the mere mention of Der Führer!). Speaking of controversial topics in psychology, psychology itself resides within the obscure and uncomfortable premises of controversy as it is the only science that eludes any concrete or standard definition as its scope is ever-growing, needless to say in unexpected and inscrutable directions.