Do You Wish for a Better World?

Move from passive bystander to active change agent.

Do you find yourself wishing for a better world, one where people are given a fair chance to thrive? Where we can work together to find solutions to looming social and humanitarian crises? One that affords more opportunities and fewer disparities? Do you sometimes feel like you’re not doing enough, and want to take a more active role?

At Northeastern University, the institution where I work, we call this “inclusive prosperity”—the intentional act of striving to ensure access to the kind of economic, professional, and personal growth that fosters sustained resilience.

At a time when far too many are being left behind, many of us are called to make career and life shifts so we can best respond. We feel a sense of extreme urgency as we watch the news. We see what’s at stake. We know we cannot be passive bystanders.

We take our responsibility as citizens seriously. We recognize that the many crises at hand—whether mental health, opioid addiction, poverty, or otherwise—require us to do something bold and new. We recognize that we need to be equipped with the knowledge and resources to bring about the kind of change we desperately need.

If you are a person who dreams of and seeks inclusive prosperity, now is the time to harness your passion. A psychology degree can help you make an impact, allowing you to elevate yourself personally and professionally, so you can do the same for others.

A psychology degree can help you move from wishing for a better world to co-creating one. It teaches you ways to:

  1. Elevate the human condition.

There are endless populations and settings across the world that deserve and need partnerships with professionals who can provide access to high-impact interventions that support prevention, recovery, stabilization, growth, and well-being.

  1. Promote critical thinking.

Psychology helps us see beyond the noise and draw upon critical thinking skills that help us reason and create innovative solutions to improve lives. It helps us become more discerning and find substantive methods that go beyond the superficial to move us towards informed progress and better outcomes.

  1. Apply modern brain science to complex situations.

Many pop psychology strategies for success and prosperity are watered down. Discovering the workings of the mind—and how they impact our health and functioning as people and societies—can bring us to new heights in how we navigate the complexities of our world.

The scientific discipline of psychology offers many pathways to bring impact across our world. Wishing for change isn’t enough given the complexity at hand. Getting the skills and training on how to elevate the human condition, promote critical thinking and apply modern brain science can help us move from passive bystanders to active agents of change.

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