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If it hypocritical for a loner to want to be a psychologist?

I'm a loner and a psychology student with aspirations to be a counseling psychologist. I've got a near perfect GPA in my major. I'm curious about people and how I can help them. People tell me I'm insightful and a good listener. I just don't need to be around people as much as most, and I enjoy my solitude. A few people have said its hypocritical for a loner like me to want to be a psychologist. That I'm not involved enough with other people to truly understand them. What would you say?

Asked By: Subconsciousless - 7/29/2006
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I will tell ya what.... if you think that a loner type of a person, someone semi non-social can't help people or become a psychologist, you are wrong... More
Answered By: xxxcariooo - 7/29/2006
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Answered By: jojo - 7/29/2006
 
I think that you should do what you want to, and don't listen to those morons. Just because you would rather not be around people all the time doesn't mean you shouldn't or can't help them, it just means that it might be a little harder to use yourself as an example when they have questions about being around people... More
Answered By: tre_loc_dogg2000 - 7/29/2006
 
I don't think it's hypocritical, and you might do very well as a counseling psychologist in part because you can be emotionally detached and therefore more objective in your work... More
Answered By: Warren D - 7/29/2006
 
You need to like people and be a "people person" to be a good psychologist. You need to play well with others or your patients will sense that you are purely analytical and they will not tell you what they need to know for you to help them.
Answered By: Elwood - 7/29/2006
 
I go to a psychologist and I say they are wrong. That would make it easy to keep work at work and home at home which is truly hard for most people and causes job burn out more quickly. I would suggest going for psychiatrists because if you tire of people you prescribe meds and let your counselors deal with the people... More
Answered By: kentuckyredhead5353 - 7/29/2006
 
no hearing other peoples problems might help him find the answer to his alone
Answered By: hellcast1 - 7/29/2006
 
It is not hypocritical. Being a counselor is 80% listening. As long as you have an interest in it and want to help people what is wrong with being a "loner?"
Answered By: true - 7/29/2006
 
Since when are psychologists perfect people, who have no personality flaws or personal problems? Of course you can go into counseling....... go for your dreams.
Answered By: Katie My Katie - 7/29/2006
 
All sorts of people get to be psychologists or any other type of mental health professional. An individual therapist only has to interact with one patient at a time. Of course, it would be highly problematic for such a person to go thru a full course of studies and training in mental health field where it's expected... More
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Answered By: Archetypal - 7/29/2006
 
Here's a fragment from an earlier edition of former psychoanalyst Alice Miller's famous book, The Drama of the Gifted Child. (Her later edition, which unfortunately I don't have, reflects her departure from old-timey psychoanalysis, and is easier reading, with less high-falutin' jargon... More
Answered By: Fred L - 7/29/2006
 
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