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What would be a good reason to think about becoming a psychologist?

I'm a very gentle person and i am also very patient but what is really benefiting me other than helping people and getting paid.

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Maria’s Answer

In my opinion a “good reason” would be because of your insatiable interest in learning how the mind works, adapts and functions in varied environments, experiences and situations. To want to be a leader in erasing the stigma that comes with the many disorders that humans face that society has yet to accept. Most importantly you would chose this because it is a passion for you. No better help can come from someone who is dedicated to their work because they truly believe in what they do !
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Keith’s Answer

"...to help people/humanity." If that isn't the answer to "why do I want to be a pyschologist", don't get into the field. Furthering our understanding of how the mind works is the noble purpose that should underpin anyone in the field. However, the reasons for YOU to become a psychologist is likely personal and only you would know if those reasons are "good" or not.
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Jen’s Answer

I have a son that is thinking about getting into psychology when he graduates from high school. His father and I divorced when he was two because he became an abusive alcoholic. He then became an absent father to my son when he was about five years old because he didn't want to follow court ordered visitation rules. His addictions worsened and he is now homeless and refuses to this day to get help. Growing up without a dad effected my son in a way where he wanted to be there for people that shared the same pain as he did growing up. He loves kids and is kind and respectful to all levels of relationships, being teachers he sees as mentors, his family, and friends. He has a heart to help people and wants to be successful and knows he must work hard. I believe that if you feel it's your purpose to help those that need it and actually want it, it'd be a great way of life and you'll be happy. Realizing that you won't be able to save everyone early on in life will save you heartache that my son went through and learned from. Best wishes to you!
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