SGPsychStud - The Mission Statement

I had a wonderful dinner last night meeting up with some online friends, and through our conversations about this website, one of them asked why I not plan to monetize the blog.
This is what will happen if I decide to use this blog to make money:

My reply to him was that I do not believe in making money from the blog as that was not the original intention of having the blog.  If you have read my previous posts about the blog, especially these two (Why? Why the blog? and What is SGPsychStud's role?), you will know that I started the blog to provide education for students to understand the psychological situation as much as possible and to help them in their educational journey in psychology.  Hence from a simple idea of helping students, this blog and website has now evolved to being the prime information provider for psychology students in Singapore.

To allow all my readers (new and old) to have a clearer idea of what I am doing, I thought it would be better to have a mission statement:

To provide the most updated and accurate information 
about the psychology industry in Singapore

This is in-line with SG Psych Stuff's tagline:
For a better future in Psychology for you
Thank you everyone for your continuous support!!!

Miss Psychobabble: The Psychology Of "I Love You"

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As we celebrate Valentine's Day, let us take a look at the Psychology behind saying one of the most powerful phrases ever created - "I LOVE YOU".

Our definition of love seems to demystify as time passes.  We realize that falling in love with someone is a combination of chemical reactions (biological), observable effects on our behavior (psychological), and diversity across culture (social).  With this overwhelming emotions, you tend to have the need to verbalize it.
Who really says "I love you" first and what does it mean?
According to Dr. Aaron Ben-Zeév, saying that phrase often comes with an emphasis on timing.  Every relationship develops differently which is why it may take you days or months to find the deemed right time.

Aside from time, another factor that plays a part in saying "I love you" is gender.  A 2011 research entitled "Women and men in love: Who really feels it and says it first?" showed that 7 out of 10 people believed that women will say the affectionate phrase first.  This belief may stem from the gender differences in expression as women are seen to be outwardly emotional beings than men.  Even most of the female cinematic characters are portrayed as rushing foolishly into a relationship.  But contrary to popular belief, 64% of men compared to the 18.51% of women reported saying the phrase to their partners first.
You read that correctly!
Defying the societal beliefs, the research found that males confessed their love earlier than their female partners.  Furthermore, it found that women were more cautious and pragmatic when it comes to love.  Theories as to why men tend to declare their love first include a) taking initiative in the relationship as expected by the societal norms, b) prompting women to reciprocate their feelings, and c) inducing sexual encounters.
Thus, it is certainly a good thing to see that more and more women are making careful judgments before jumping into committed emotional and romantic relationships.

Happy Valentine's Day 2016!!!


Comparison of Psychology Postgraduate Degrees in Singapore: 2016 Update

 Finally after 4.5 years, there is a revision of this list!  Based on my pathway model below, you have almost reached the end of the model when you finish your undergraduate degree, and the next step is to move on to a postgraduate degree in order for you to become a psychologist.

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For students who wish to further your studies in Singapore, this list has all the postgraduate degrees available in Singapore, their specialties, candidature periods and structure of the course.

Click on the names of the degrees to find out more about them:
NUS:  Master of Psychology (Clinical),  NUS-University of Melbourne Master of Psychology (Clinical),  Master of Social Sciences (Psychology),  Ph.D. Psychology
NTU:  Master of Arts (Research)Ph.D. (Research)
NIE:  Master of Arts (Applied Psychology),  Master of Arts (Research),  Ph.D. (Research)
SMU:  Ph.D. in Psychology
JCU:  Master of Psychology (Clinical),  Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

Even though the JCU and City University of New York programs are permitted by CPE, do make sure you read this post about accreditation of overseas programs as well.
For students who could not find your choice of specialisation above or prefer to do your postgraduate studies overseas, you may refer and go through these lists of Australian-accredited or UK-accredited programs.  For your information, you may also like to look through the 2015 QS World University Rankings for psychology universities.

I hope this post has been useful for those who plan to curve a career in psychology.  Similarly to the earlier posts, please update or inform me if you see or find any changes to any of the programs, so that I can update this post.

Comparison of Psychology Bachelor Degrees in Singapore: Version 3

This is a third and latest version of Comparison of Bachelor Degree programs in Singapore

Programs are categorised into country of origin: Singaporean / Australia / UK / US, with their respective PEIs (Private Education Institutes) mentioned beside them.  The overseas programs provided by the respective PEIs are as permitted by the CPE (as of 05 Feb 2016). 
Even though these programs are permitted by CPE, do make sure you read this post about accreditation of overseas programs as well. You may also wish to consider these factors when considering the institutions.

To help you in your decisions for your choice of university degree, here is the pathway for psychology training in Singapore.
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You may want to compare this model with the US system and the Australian system to have a better understanding of the training pathways of the different countries.  You may also want to do an indepth comparison between the local universities, as well as comparison between the Australian and UK degrees.
To end off, here is the post for Masters programs in Singapore, if you wish to do your postgraduate studies.

1)  There is no affiliation or advertisement or endorsement by SGPsychStuff towards any of the institutions. PEIs are mentioned just for the ease of further research for interested students.  
2)  The author of the blog will not be responsible for the errors / changes as they were checked on the posting date.
3)  Any differences in the proposed duration could be a result of exemptions of your earlier (relevant) studies, e.g. diploma.
4)  The Australian degrees mentioned above are accredited as well by APAC
5)  * Top-up Honours indicates that this is a top-up program from their existing diploma programs, hence the short duration.

If there is any errors or changes or updates to the above information, please contact me below or at and I will update the changes.