The best way to scare people in our country is by telling them you are a psychologist. They fear that psychologists know everything from what they are thinking to actually what they had for dinner last night…
Getting admission in the faculty of Arts is enough to tell people that you don’t respect yourself. Further, making it to a field of psychology makes people empathize as if you chose it over suicide.
Getting admission in the faculty of Arts is enough to tell people that you don’t respect yourself. Further, making it to a field of psychology makes people empathize as if you chose it over suicide.
Have you ever thought what a student of psychology goes through? Let me tell you…
The initial classes are enough to declare that your ability to give the best advice to people doesn’t count. Teachers spend classes differentiating empathy from sympathy. The best thing about psychology is it deals with human behavior. So, when the exams arrive you can easily observe symptoms of panic attacks. You are worried about the pimples that appeared recently before exams? Well, let me clarify these are not pimples you better Google the term psoriasis.
Personality theories make all the more sense by applying them to your friends. You become a psychologist when one friend gives an evil plan and you turn it down telling them -sorry I am a super ego! Adler’s theory gives all the more reason for the pampered child to regress, first born child to dominate and the middle born children to compete. Comes Jung and every sane person studying psychology feels relieved and daydream about peak experiences. Your friend may covertly try to reinforce your positive behaviors, making learning theory meaningful. You learn over time, to tell people that they need to redefine their relationship as Horney had suggested.
You are a psychologist when studying, by Stander’s effect; you can easily imagine your own countrymen. Similarly, Mailgram’s experiment findings can be easily observed by giving authority to people for a moment. You learn that the reason our countrymen are divided is that we consider community, religion, ethnicity as our social group instead of a unified national identity that we have. You are a psychologist when you learn that nonverbal language has a greater impact on the audience than your words.
You are a psychologist when you learn that telling people that they are suffering from a mental illness is not a success. Rather, helping that person to overcome adversity with kindness is. When you learn to facilitate people to make the best decision for themselves. When you learn that your life is better than millions of people out there struggling to even get their basic physiological needs met. When you learn that psychiatrists, social workers, and other mental health professionals are an important part to help this society. When you learn to question each of your behaviors as behaviors do not occur without a reason.
When you learn this much you get an insight. However, to reach the last stage of Prochaska’s behavior of change, you need to keep up with the behavior. You need to stay motivated. Motivation, you know works better when you know why you do what you do. When you learn the “why” of your job you will eventually be able to self-actualize. That is using your potentials to the fullest, according to humanistic approach!

Written By:

Syeda Aelia Zaidi
M.Phil. Clinical Psychology

Editor:

Mehwish Mursaleen
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

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