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Why do they enter the specialty "Psychology"?

The competition for the psychological faculties of universities at a consistently high level for about a dozen years. This specialty became popular in the late 90s, when a lot of popular literature on psychology appeared in our country, at first, mainly translated.

Why go to psychologists? Consider motivation options.

What attracts people in this specialty, I think, is understandable. Psychology, unlike other sciences, seems very, very fascinating and interesting. Often you can hear such an argument: “I want to understand people,” “I want to learn how to influence people,” “I want to better understand myself.”

Popular psychological literature sometimes presents psychology as a peculiar set of secrets and techniques, the knowledge of which can make a person successful and happy. First-year students are often extremely disappointed. The courses of “General Psychology” and “Physiology of Higher Nervous Activity” do not differ in particular fascination, and most importantly, these are rather difficult disciplines.

Only at courses 4–5 do practical-oriented subjects appear, more or less similar in content to popular literature: “Psychological counseling”, “Family psychology”, etc. However, even on these subjects it will not work out in the exam on everyday experience.

Conclusion: Psychology is a serious, substantial science. So, if a person chooses this specialty in the hope of an easy and exciting study, then he will be invariably disappointed, to a greater or lesser extent, depending on the particular university and teachers.

Another common motivation for admission to psychology is the desire to understand yourself.

Often this motive is recognized by the student after the fact. According to one simple sign: after graduating from a university and overcoming personality problems (not necessarily due to training), a person leaves to work in another specialty or receives a second higher education.
In general, the percentage of young people who graduated from the Faculty of Psychology and working after it not in their specialty is one of the highest among all specialties.

Of course, some students who acted on the basis of such motivation, after seriously becoming interested in psychology as a future profession. But still, if a person realizes that this motive of choice is leading for him, it is advisable to choose a different path: for example, sign up for a long training in personal growth, in a psychotherapeutic group, or for an individual consultation with a psychologist. All these methods are much more effective if you need to deal with yourself than training at the Faculty of Psychology. At the same time, he will be able to see the work of a specialist psychologist from the inside, which is also important when choosing a profession.

Applicants formulate the following popular motive for choosing this specialty as “a desire to help people.” And the psychologist is in fact one of those professions that will make it possible to realize this motive. You just need to understand that in order to learn how to professionally provide psychological assistance, you have to learn a lot and work hard on yourself. After all, the main tool of a consultant psychologist, psychotherapist is his own personality.

Moreover, one must be prepared for the fact that studying at a university will not be enough. Higher psychological education provides the necessary basis, and for the opportunity to become a psychotherapist (namely, the so-called specialists who provide psychological assistance professionally), additional training will be required, rather serious and lengthy, ending with the certification procedure.

Moreover, if a person chooses this sphere of application of forces, he will have to learn during practice. Actually, this rule applies to all so-called “assisting specialists”: doctors, social educators, defectologists, etc.
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