My favorite thing to do is to think about why people behave the way they do. I found that in Psychology there is a branch called Personality Psychology which deals with this kind of stuff. I would like to be with like-minded people and discuss people's personality. Can anybody advise what steps I can take to have a life in which I can devote time to discussing with people things like these.

  • $\begingroup$ @SBell, It sounds like you'd enjoy academia! The first step would be to obtain a B.A. in Psychology, followed by some sort of graduate degree. Depending on the type of graduate degree you obtain, you could either do research or teach. Either way, you'd be surrounded by people who share your interest! $\endgroup$ – blz Jun 13 '14 at 18:56
  • $\begingroup$ @blz, I'm more of a self-learner. I just ordered 2 text books on Personality Psychology. In addition to that, a formal education in Psychology will involve things that are not interesting to me, I'm only interested in discussing people's behavior, traits, stuff like that. I already have a BS degree in computer science and have a well-paid job so I can't really leave that. I want to deal with Personality Psychology as a hobby. Do you think that this is realistic? $\endgroup$ – SBel Jun 13 '14 at 19:32
  • $\begingroup$ Just a small tip for searching for literature: personality psych also goes under the name of psychology of individual differences, as well as (less often) differential psychology. $\endgroup$ – Ana Jun 13 '14 at 19:49
  • $\begingroup$ Also, social psychology has a lot to say on why people behave the way they do. The difference is that it talks about general tendencies in behaviour, while personality psychology goes into the differences between individuals, as well as how they self-reflect. $\endgroup$ – Ana Jun 13 '14 at 19:51
  • $\begingroup$ @SBell, being a self-learner is very important, but it's really no substitute for a formal education. More to the point, if you want to be with like-minded people in order to discuss academic topics, there's really no substitute for academia, I'm afraid... $\endgroup$ – blz Jun 16 '14 at 12:04