Not True

And if I was, I wouldn't go around telling people! I am currently seeking a degree in psychology (and philosophy). When people find out what my intended major is they expect me to be able to analyze their actions, read their minds, and tell them everything that's wrong with them and how they should fix it. They tell me their whole life story. And I'm just like, "Dude, I'm a student... an undergraduate at that. And even if I was a psychologist, do you think I'd be evaluating you for the hell of it?"

Prime example: My sister smokes. We're in the car and she goes, "I just can't stop. I want to, but I can't. Do you know what I mean?"
I've never smoked a day in my life. And I'm hesitant with anybody to say I know how they feel. And I've never been addicted to anything. So I said, "No, I don't." And she gets all hot and bothered and goes, "Well, you should! You're a psychology major! You're supposed to know how I feel!" Really? Are you frigging kidding me? "I declared my major all of one month ago, and all of a sudden I'm supposed to be this supreme being of infinite understand and knowledge even though I've never been in the same situation? It doesn't work like that." She was so upset with me. It was slightly humorous though and quite the insight to how psychologist might be treated at dinner parties or with their families. XD

I cannot imagine what it must be like to actually have a doctorate's in psychology. I'd want to shoot every person that came to me looking for help. Jesus christ. I don't know how you guys do it.
XCRevolution XCRevolution
18-21, F
2 Responses May 17, 2012

To me, you sound like you'll make a great psychologist! You know it's not your place to analyze everyone in your life (even if you were a qualified psychologist), you have the honesty to admit to yourself and everyone else you don't read minds and understand everything, ... I guess curiosity serves a psychologist very well. You don't know, you're looking to find out how the person in front of you experiences the different aspects of life. Another point is, as you may or may not be aware, being a psychologist does not necessarily mean being a therapist as people often believe - you could be a forensic or education psychologist or a clinical psychologist or organizational psychologist. There are so many options.
By the way, I do hear you! Heck, I remember when I was in high school and skipped a class, my teacher (who knew how much I wanted to major in psychology at the uni) told me that as a future psychologist I was supposed to know responsibility and not skip class ... Interesting thing is, now that I am a psychologist I believe it was perfectly fine that I skipped that class :) But there really are so many misconceptions about psychologists, it's sad (and funny too if you have that kind of sense of humor).

Ha, sounds familiar! I was a psych major at first with two of my high school friends and we went as far as we could, but it all got murky for me. Probably due to my own "problems". So the three of us became 2 art majors and 1 drop out! <br />
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The twist of it was that murky would make an impression on whatever I did. And I seriously think "problems" only arise when a professional tells you that's what they are. Maybe should've stuck it out huh? It's a tough field to delve in, and would be easier if you only had to deal with the brain without the emotional baggage:)