psychpost | 11/08/2011 05:18:00 AM
This is an interesting post I read on a fellow Psychology blogger website. Source: youshouldreadmyblog
The dark side of having a psychology degree may surprise you, perhaps because psychology is used in everyday life by more than just the people professionally trained in that field. We use psychology to communicate with others, to make smarter decisions, and to see beneath the surface of things. But it comes with its downsides.
There seems to be a general consensus, according to a number of studies ranging from the mid-80s to the present that mental health employees tend to be crazier than the rest of us. Evidence of an elevated amount of substance abuse issues, suicide, and mental health problems among professionals in the field of psychology is more than modest. There’s also the fact that most given reasons for becoming immersed in psychology involves some sort of childhood trauma/tragedy, or a sick need to feel needed/thumb the nose at others. This type of knowledge isn’t exactly attractive, nor is it encouraging to potential suitors interested in dating someone who happens to have a psychology degree.
Not only may the person with the psychology degree be (sometimes wrongly) prematurely judged, but the degree might make their date suspicious or wary in a relationship — especially in an argument. Hidden motives, over-analysis, and manipulation are all common accusations a person with a psychology degree may have to face from their significant other. On top of this, an individual with the degree may harshly scrutinize every potential suitor to a fault: no one examines a person’s flaws like the psychologist.
2. Constantly Dealing With Misery
Psychologists are constantly dealing with issues; no one’s paying over $100 an hour to talk about how gosh-darn lucky and happy they are all the time. No one’s awkwardly sitting in some strange, impersonal office once a week just to brag to a stranger about how great life has gotten. People go to therapy to cry, to vent their anger and frustration, to find answers regarding the tough and tragic elements of their lives, and to seek guidance in hard times. Commonly treated ailments are depression, anxiety, OCD, and other illnesses which can be mild enough to live with but severe enough to need help.
Being surrounded by all that sadness must get to a person every once in a while. It must be somewhat discouraging to constantly have to listen to the trials of another person’s life. Not only that, but many psychologists work in mental health facilities, hospitals, or other places which house those with special needs. Facilities full of physically and mentally sick individuals who are kept somewhat like scheduled animals, milling around unhappily, are not places which should be made into a frequent hang out. Many doctors face depressing and often hopeless problems from tens of individuals on a daily basis.
3. Free Therapy for All Your Friends
A person with a psychology degree may be the go-to advice-giver for a few reasons. Foremost would be the degree itself; who is more qualified to advise on a relationship issue or family problem than your shrink pal? Being bombarded with the issues of friends can be annoying, and a huge test of patience. Not only does the psychologist not plan to give free sessions to a person just because of their relationship as friends, but the shrink may just want to relax with friends and enjoy a break from their job.
It’s also wise to separate the job from the companions for another reason: when people ask for an opinion, they sometimes receive more than they bargained. Brutal honesty or a blunt, unwanted opinion may hurt a friend’s feelings. Most would say that in this case, the person asking would be at fault, however it’s always good to avoid a potentially negative situation.
4. Coming From a Dysfunctional Family
A 2005 Study came up with the most prominent recorded reasons for becoming a psychologist:
- A social outcast as a child, the subject began wanting/needing to heal oneself and others
- Painful or traumatic events as a child created a “heightened awareness of inner events and a strong need to heal oneself and others.”
- Wanting to feel needed by patients out of fear or a feeling of impotency
- Emotionally demanding parents forced their child to develop a heightened awareness of emotional signals and behaviors.
- Therapist developed a need to nurture others due to a cut-off childhood which forced the individual to grow up fast and care for others at a young age
- The person wants to feel better than others by scrutinizing their flaws
· Most of these reasons would imply that the individual has grown up in a dysfunctional household. Psychology is a great field to pursue, both for the money and the implications of helping others improve their lives — but its price may be that the nurturer or caretaker feels to be such because of past trauma or sadness.
Most of these reasons would imply that the individual has grown up in a dysfunctional household. Psychology is a great field to pursue, both for the money and the implications of helping others improve their lives — but its price may be that the nurturer or caretaker feels to be such because of past trauma or sadness.
So you’ve got a psychology degree, that’s great! You’re on the path to helping hundreds of people deal with their mental and emotional issues — whether it be something serious such as Bipolar Disorder or OCD, or simpler problems like fighting the urge to tell a nagging mother-in-law where to stick it. Helping people always feels great, but there are a few dangers that having a psychology degree poses to your everyday life..
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