I recently asked readers to share their experiences working in the field of psychology. I've received some excellent responses so far, like this one from a guest who writes:
"The thing that I didn't expect about being a psychologist is that I definitely feel I have a limit of how far I can go in terms of helping other people. I very often feel I stretch to help others in neglect of my own needs. My current girlfriend doesn't understand that often after a full week of doing therapy, I need a day of being away from people and not having to talk and answer to someone all the time. It takes an incredible amount of effort to focus so much on others day after day, and at this point year after year. I look at this is part of the reason I am paid as a professional. I do have to enter into my client's world and remember all the details of their lives - and to clinically conceptualize how to help them become healthier using evidence-based practices. It is all just a lot more work than I imagined, and I feel "used up" by the end of the week and wanting to get away from it all. If you are considering it as a career you need a huge capacity to give to others."
Now it's your turn! Do you work as a psychologist or in a psychology-related career? If someone considering entering your profession came to you for advice, what would you tell them? Please share your experience and learn what other readers have to say.
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Maybe helping others is an excuse so you dont have to help yourself?