Since Psychology is such a vast Science, the question of why become a Psychologist can be tough. As seen in the Careers in Psychology post there is a huge array of careers as a Psychologist. The study of human behaviour and mental processes is so big because it is applicable to every human being (as well as animals) on Earth; it’s no wonder the study of Psychology is so large! I can wager a bet that you could apply Psychology to anything you are interested in. For example, if you are interested in computer & technology, you could study fields related to the Psychology of Technology. This could be applied to anything from Cognitive Science to Ergonomics.
So Why Become a Psychologist?
You most likely do not want to go through all the steps and hard work of becoming a Psychologist just because you have an interest in something Psychology could be applied to. No it must be more than that, so lets take a look at what would make a great Psychologist:
Reason Number One:
You should first ask yourself how you first became interested in Psychology? If you already are not interested in the field of Psychology, then you should be. You should have a general understanding of what Psychology is, the subfields of Psychology, and most importantly what a Psychologist is/does. To become a Psychologist you will have to dedicate allot of time to your education, training, volunteering etc. So make sure you know what you are getting into. Then if you ask yourself how you became interested in Psychology, then you can use this answer to determine whether you will have the drive and motivation to succeed as a Psychologist.
Reason Number Two:
If you answered reason one of how you first became interested in Psychology, then you should now ask yourself whether you want to work in field related to Psychology (example: Social Work, Marketing etc.) or whether you would like to register as a Psychologist in your jurisdiction (Clinical Psychologist, Research Psychologist etc.) If you have a strong interest in Psychology, this does not mean that you want to open/work in a practice in a counselling or therapist role, you may just have an interest in learning the ways in which people think, feel and act. You could mix this interest with something like business, and start a marketing career which would utilize both interests. If you would like to become a registered Psychologist, then you have to ask yourself the next question.
Reason Number Three:
So you want to become a registered Psychologist which can enable a career in Clinical, Research, or Potentially teaching as a Psychologist. Do you have a strong and genuine interest in helping others? Hopefully if you are wanting to register and become a Clinical Psychologist of some sort, you want to help your patients. You should want to help people, and be able to effectively listen to what they need or want from a Psychological professional. Being a Psychologist who has a distaste for helping others would be like a cook who hates to prepare a meal.
Reason Number Four:
In order to be effective at helping others seeking help from a Psychological Professional, would be to ask yourself if you are Emotionally Stable? How well do you know yourself? This does not mean that once in a while you feel depressed. This means that you know your self well enough, and are able to keep yourself in tact at all times. For example: You might believe that if you have ever visited a Psychologist yourself in the past that this would automatically exempt you from being a successful Psychologist. This could not be further from the truth, and could perhaps work to your benefit. This actually be a benefit as you were able to seek the help when you needed it showing you have no conundrums about seeking Psychological help, you have experienced the other end of the Psychological professional experience, and you have made the effort to keep yourself in emotional check.
Reason Number Five:
If you want to be a great Psychologist then you should ask yourself whether you are a Great Communicator with an Open Mind? Ask yourself this sincerely and honestly. You must be able to effectively communicate plans of action back to your patients so that you and your patient can understand what is going on, and going to happen as much as possible. You must also have an open mind that is able to adapt to any new scenarios without judging, or harming your client. This way you can help your patients without bias, as well Psychologists have a responsibility to follow a strong list of ethical standards.
Good Luck in Your Psychology Journey!
Hopefully you feel you would be a great Psychologists, and please I would be very interested in knowing how you became interested in Psychology. Tell your story and leave a comment. The beauty of Psychology is that it becomes clearer how unique every individual thinks, feels, and acts.
Tell your story and leave a comment below. Perhaps you could enlighten others to becoming a Psychologist!