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Why go to the specialty "Psychology"?

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

Why go to psychologists? Consider options for motivation.

What attracts people in this specialty, I think, is understandable. Psychology, unlike other sciences, seems very, very exciting and interesting. You can often hear such an argument, "I want to understand people," "I want to learn how to influence people," "I want to understand myself better."

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. Courses "General Psychology" and "Physiology of Higher Nervous Activity" do not differ in special fascination, and most importantly - these are rather difficult disciplines.

Only at 4-5 courses practice-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 be possible to “go” on the exam on everyday experience.

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

Another common motivation for entering a psycho school is the desire to understand yourself.

Often this motive is realized by the student after the fact. According to one simple feature: after graduating from a higher education institution and overcoming personal problems (not necessarily as a result of 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 who work after it is not in their specialty is one of the highest among all the specialties.

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

The next popular motive for choosing this specialty is formulated by applicants as “the 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 to provide psychological assistance in a professional manner, there is much to learn and a lot of work on yourself. After all, the main tool of the consulting psychologist, the psychotherapist is his own personality.

And you have to be prepared for the fact that studying at a university is not enough. Higher psychological education provides the necessary base, and in order to become a psychotherapist (namely, professionals who professionally provide psychological assistance are called) additional training will be required, rather serious and lengthy, ending with a 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 the so-called "helping specialists": doctors, social educators, defectologists, etc.
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