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7 Elements Of A Good Psychology Dissertation Introduction

So, you need to write a dissertation paper for a Psychology class, and you have questions about how to “start” it off correctly. The introduction is crucial for it is the foundation for the rest of the paper. Just as a solid basement is a foundation for the rest of the house, a good introduction is a foundation of what you are going to say in your paper.

7 Needed Pieces For A Good Introduction

  1. Starts with you- The most important piece starts with you. What do you care about? What are you passionate about? Have you had direct experience with what you are considering writing about? The reason for this is that you will have to take a direct position and back up what you say. If you do not really care, you will not likely have the energy to research the current situation regarding your paper, and to properly provide an answer of your own.
  2. Establish the problem- People by nature do not seek for an answer until they see for themselves that there is a problem to be fixed. We do not listen or seek out an answer until we see that something is not working as it should. So, establish the problem that is being reviewed so that your reader knows from the beginning what the paper is about.
  3. Problem current scenario- What is known about this problem? What is the source or sources of it? How did it start? The biggest error people make here is to assume that correlation is causation. Two things could be happening at the same time, and people assume that one causes the other.
  4. So what- Why should we care about this problem at all? Why is this important for me to read? What happens if we continue “as is”, and do not do anything new at all?
  5. Current review- What are the current answers and theories to answer this problem? How are they working? Are they only theories or real answers that deal with reality?
  6. Your answer- What is the answer that you believe is better that what is currently happening? Are you going to take a current answer and improve it, or establish a brand new way of fixing this?
  7. Terms- Since you have invested the time in doing the research and possibly have direct experience with this situation, people will give you the initial position of being credible and having some authority on this subject. This is where you will want to define key terms so they can follow your argument even they are not an authority in this field.

Remember, the main point of a formal paper is that they want to see that you can put together a logical, research-based answer. This answer needs to have critical thought of what is currently happening and of your own study. Hopefully, the above steps can help you to not only present “what” you’re writing, but clearly establish a “why” you’re writing it.