theory

United States
June 17, 2008 5:58am CST
my father always said that people that go to college for psychology are really trying to figure out themselves.. i was really into studying it and it turns out i have bipolar and other things.. my dad took it and he is bipolar.. several other people i know that took it have something wrong with them so do you think its true?? i dont want to think that every one is crazy but even most shrinks go to shrinks too which i dont know if i should be disturbed by that or not
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@shogunly (1406)
• Libya
18 Jun 08
Your father must be a very intelligent man . I think I'm a little surprised by that statement , it's like seeing a secret about me announced on myLot for all to see . I never studied Psychology I admit but I am really attracted to it and I intend to study it the first chance I get . Why ? Because I have spent countless hours analyzing myself and other people to find out why I am unhappy , why I don't like certain people , why I feel people do not understand me or believe me , why I run into certian problems etc but rather than coming solely from problems within myself ,interest in psychology also comes from a desire to understand how I can IMPROVE myself beyond the requirements of normal life , I mean I always pondered whether there is perfection in how a person is just like there is perfection in how you complete certain tasks or how you perform certain skills . I don't think you should be disturbed because many many people have issues but the difference is they do not stop to look within themselves either because they do not have the time or because they did not CRASH yet , which is when people stop and get curious about what went wrong .
• United States
21 Jun 08
i got into it trying to figure out other people lol
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@mizcash (686)
• Canada
17 Jun 08
Not to worry I have heard this many times over, people who books studied psychology always think something is wrong with them accordinging to the text. We all fall under certain category of having some sort of mental issue. take heart you're not alone.
• United States
18 Jun 08
haha yeah my book i was studying even had a disclaimer saying that you may think that people or yourself have the mental probs after studying it or something lol.. i already knew my dad was bipolar so mystery was solved on him! lol
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@Ravenladyj (22936)
• United States
17 Jun 08
I knwo that I got into psychology (more specifically abnormal psych) because I have issues and disorders....Just liek I'm into Criminology because of certain ppl I've know and still know in my life...LOL and of course beign a Virgo I am naturally extremely curious
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• United States
17 Jun 08
im a libra and another person i know is a libra.. another one is a gemini.. i dont think i really knew it was me that had problems at the time.. or at least i didnt realize it was till later.. i think i just wanted to figure everyone else out and then realized myself
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@paid2write (5202)
17 Jun 08
That is an interesting theory and it may be true. Of course it is also probably true that everyone is affected by mental problems at some time in their life. I think people who are troubled in their mind are more likely to seek answers and will be drawn to study psychology. I enjoy reading about psychology and I am very interested to know about different mental disorders. I don't know if that is because of my personal experience or just that I am curious and have a real interest in people and how the mind works. I don't think you have to be crazy to be a shrink but if someone has experienced something in their own life, personally or with a close relative, I think it could lead to a career in psychology or psychiatry.
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• United States
17 Jun 08
well i didnt mean that you had to be crazy to be a shrink but there are shrinks that see shrinks.. my theory on that is that maybe after hearing one person after another with problems and maybe trauma that has happen to them that maybe that would affect them to where they need to get that off their chest.. i know that even if i wasnt bipolar and became a shrink (which i wanted to do but for several reasons will not) i would prob need to deal with depression issues if i had to hear about people that had been abused and etc.. who wouldnt want to not hear about it ya know?? i love to figure other people out and like i said i didnt even think that i really had a problem till i read and recognized a few things and then later was diagnosed
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17 Jun 08
Yes I think a shrink may see another shrink because they understand the value of therapy. It could be true that listening to other people's problems may affect them in some way, but I would think a professional is trained to listen and treat patients without getting emotionally involved or affected.
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• United States
21 Jun 08
yeah but i think that there is only so much you can take.. maybe some peoples limits are less than others.. maybe the shrink wants to make sure he is balanced mind wise and not to where he would judge some one.. i dunno
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@greysfreak (1385)
• United States
29 Jun 08
I don't know about others, but I think the reason I'm so into psych is that I have been dealing with depression and other issues since I was a kid. And also depression and addictions run in my family. So I definitely think that being around it and experiencing it can inspire you to study it to try to understand it better or even to help other people.
• United States
29 Jun 08
what was funny is the book i was into at that time had a disclaimer saying that if you read it you might think that people have everything you read lol.. but it help me understand my dad more with him being bipolar.. especially since he wasnt medicated at that time
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• United States
29 Jun 08
LOL yea, there is always the possibility of reading too into things. But it can also be helpful. I know there are probably at least 1-2 dozen psychological disorders that sound like my personality and mind, but I also keep in mind that some of the characteristics are the same for many different ones, so I definitely wouldn't go to a psychiatrist with a list of disorders I thought I had, they'd probably say I was some kind of hypochondriac, which I'm not at all.
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@joliefille (3696)
• Philippines
6 Jul 08
It's an innate wish in all of us to try to understand who we are. I believe that may have influenced my course choice before going to the university because I am a very introspective type of person. By the time I was in my 2nd year or 3rd year it was, my professor in Psychological Testing was the head of the Department of Psychological Testing herself. She was the only person who handled that course because it's a very difficult subject and no one there had the extensive experience that she had. I could never forget that day she questioned us why we were all in that room wanting to have a degree in Psychology. She said most people would tell her the same answer "they want to understand themselves" but said "you spend all your lives trying to understand your selves. If you have understood yourself, then what? What happens next? Are you all gonna live your lives trying to understand yourself? Can you make a living out of trying to understand yourself?" That got me to thinking and doubted if I took the correct course.
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• United States
9 Jul 08
lol yeah if you are only trying to understand yourself its kind of an expensive way haha.. i like trying to figure out everyone and analyze everything
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• United States
5 Jul 08
I'm studying psychology also but haven't gotten into disorders or personal health. I'm planning on taking a psychology class about women's health, and sure I'm going to learn a lot about myself. Don't get too hung up on what the books says about bipolar. My doctor told me that I'm manic but told me to not worry about it. It's usually things that happen in someone's life that makes them have personality problems.
@Porcospino (28228)
• Denmark
7 Jan 09
I am very interested in psychology, and I think that my own illness is one of the reasons why I started reading about it. I didn't get a diagnosis until I was about 30, but I started reading psychology books when I was about 20 years old. I didn't realize it at the time, but I was reading all those psychology books, because I was looking for answers. I was hoping to find a situation similar to mine, so that I could copy the solution and use it in my own life. The books didn't give me the answers I was looking for, I had to find them in a different way, but I didn't lose my interest in psychology, and I still enjoy reading about it.
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• United States
7 Jan 09
i was a teen when i got into psychology which is around the times i started showing signs for bipolar but had no clue.. i think i was reading it partially because my dad is bipolar too.. but it makes sense that i would get interested when i starting having issues
@Valenas (1509)
• United States
22 Jul 08
It is an interesting theory, and it reminds me of a conversation that I had with my mother. She told me that most people who are counselors or psychologists always seem a bit crazy themselves. I am not sure if that is true, or if that is just how T.V. portrays them. I have taken Psychology I, II, and AP Psychology. I plan on taking Psychology in College, and becoming a Psychologist. I can say that people who do take Psychology classes definitely are trying to figure themselves out. But, there are many who are trying to do the same thing and are not taking a Psychology class. People who take a Psychology class are generally tired of searching for answers, and are trying to become better informed about themselves and other people. Also, a lot of people have some sort of disorder or something that can be psychologically classified. If statistics said that a higher percentage of people who are taking college Psychology courses have disorders than those who don't, I wouldn't believe them. They would only say that because people who are in classes, or have taken classes, are better informed and know what they are looking for.