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What past experiences helped you with becoming a clinical psychologist?

I am a 9th grader researching clinical history psychology as a career path #psychology #clinical-psychology

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Blanche’s Answer

Hi, Bailey. A clinical psychologist needs to have a strong interest in people and in helping people change. A clinical psychologist doesn't "make" people change but works with them in such a way that they make the changes themselves, so the psychologist must enjoy establishing a helping relationship with a client, offering guidance based upon psychological principles and research findings, providing empathy, being objective, and maintaining strong interpersonal boundaries. The study of clinical psychology is founded on principles from both the sciences and the humanities, so it's helpful to have a diverse educational background and set of interests before applying to graduate school. Becoming a clinical psychologist requires an investment in academic study, because in the United States a doctorate is required for anyone who wishes to obtain a license to practice. I hope these thoughts are helpful.
Blanche Williams, Ph.D.
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Kartik’s Answer

Hey Bailey ,

That's a good question . If you mean what experience made me enter into field of psychology that will be my willingness to work with people.
I was very empathetic during my childhood and spend my time with both social butterflies and hidden gems , I enjoyed reading things related to psychology, I had quite strong memory remembering stories about people like
i remember what friend said 8 yrs ago .

These were the things that helped me pursue this career.
I felt I have empathy , memory , willingness and drive to learn more which will make psychology a better career.
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