Hey everyone... Why don't we get started with what actually got us interested in psych?
I am from Latvia... Spent my teenage years with all the wrong people... Got into fights and gangs... And when people around me started to become subjects of different problems, addictions and so on... I just did everything to change... Currently I am in the UK, studying psychology which was my way out of all that... And my goal is to help other kids not to go down the wrong way... :)
I've got half a sociology undergrad, but want to be a therapist...and hope to be back in school this fall. I've been in and out of therapy all my life...but nonetheless am better at figuring out other people's problems than my own.
(Typically the way it works, no?)
I have a really bad case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from a childhood I wouldn't wish on anybody. I get panic attacks, anger problems, take meds for depression, get easily stressed, often feel mental agony these days.
I like helping sort people out. Some people like figuring out jigsaw puzzles. I like figuring out people. More challenging and fun.
As far as I know, I have found everyone I've met to be insane...kinda...and I went through my house's storage and found a textbook on psychology.
The book was amazing, because it had all the little examples and comics and pictures, and taught an intro to each subject. Sociology is what I've studied the most, and hope to perfect.
I got interesting in psychologyu because i have been watching Criminal Minds since i was like 8 years old. I have always found it interesting so i took a psyc course in 10th grade, and this year I did a University Dual credit course (you get a high school credit and a university equivelent) and i plan to take AP Psychology next yeear! :)
I've always been interested in the way people's minds work, but I first got really interested and started getting books on it was 2 1\2 years ago when I borrowed my aunts college psych book, and I loved it so much that she said I could have it(she decided to become a RT), and then I found out I had a disorder, and that made me get even more interested(if possible). I'm just 13, so I'm not taking any college stuff, but I want to become a psychologist when I get older. For now I'm devouring books and articles on the subject.
I've always been interested in the way people think, feel and behave. And when I was growing up and even now I have this "agony aunt" reputation, people just come to me if they have a problem. Also quite a few of my friends have had problems with mental health and their wellbeing.
So psychology was a natural choice really. I'm currently in my last year of a psychology degree specialising in cyberpsychology, addiction behaviours, psychopathology of offending behaviours and criminology and psychology. I'm currently thinking about taking a masters degree in forensic psychology since I don't think I'm clever enough to do clinical.
I don't know what got me interested in Psychology but, right from when I was small I wanted to know exactly why people do the things they do. Therefore, I like to read people's actions right down to Psychology theories or even Neurobiological theories. I plan to study Psychology at A level but despite my love for it, I'm prioritising Physics over Psychology, and don't wish to work in the field.
In high school, I was rejected from the Science department because some other kid was able to pay their way into my spot. The choice was then between Modern Arts and Business. I went with the arts. From there I was guided into possible fields and I fell in love with the concept of psychology. At first it was my selfish desire to understand myself and help myself out of these emotionally unintelligent situations I got into. Then I started college two years ago and I'm majoring in Psychology and every single class gives me a certain level of clarity that I love. It's now one of my passions because I've always been pretty analytical and adapted well in social environments. Now I'm hoping to apply for a University to do Cognitive Psychology and then further study Cognitive Neuroscience. I'm not too much into the counseling thing but I do love having comprehension about thoughts and that this is something that deals with day-today situations too.
I'm done with Nursing school but I really wanted to be a clinical psychologist. I think I may pursue that dream 'cause Psychology really interests me. I've been through a tough adolescent stage; peer-pressure, getting left out, felt alone, no one who likes the same interests that I have, nobody to talk to, misunderstood and neglected. That made me want to understand and know more about myself and about other people. I want to help teenagers who are facing a tough time, feel that they are not alone and that they are can get their thoughts expressed without the fear of judgment. I also wanted parents to be effective in making their kids well-rounded and developed to their full potential.
I'm more of an introvert and I enjoy listening to people's stories. I can sit with two persons and just listen to them. I guess people really interests me. I want to improve the way I interact with the world and I think Psychology will really help me on that. Also, I wanted to understand people in a way that I will get what they really mean and so I can empathize with them.
I want the expression of thoughts and true feelings to be less of a struggle 'cause you have someone who truly understands you. I want myself to be that someone. I enjoy psychological movies the most. I can relate to the characters' feelings and makes me feel less weird about myself, and also I love how the focus is on the mind and behavior, which is the most fascinating and interesting of all things.
I have always been a people watcher. When I was younger I was really into forensic pathology, but never studied it in university. I started college as an art history major. After changing majors and not really finding what really sparked my interest, I decided to take a psychology class. I had no idea what it was and ended up loving it.
I am now studying clinical psychology and going for my masters. Clinical forensic psychology is my ultimate interest. I have applied for doctorate programs and I am just waiting to hear back.