There aren’t that many people who are interested in psychology that come outside of that field. And for that reason, there are various misconceptions and myths that surround psychology in general.
Many people have a close encounter with psychology when they opt for a psychology course in high school or in university that is obligatory for them to finish their studies. And a great majority stops at that basic course. So, without much understanding of what psychology really is, people have a tendency to create their own opinions and theories about what this science does, or if it’s even real or not. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most common myths about psychology that exist today.
Anyone Can Be A Psychologist
One of the most common misconceptions that surround psychology as a science is that it’s incredibly easy and that almost anyone can become a psychologist. This is one of the most dangerous myths because many students throw themselves at “Psychology 101”, thinking that they would get amazing grades without much trouble. And when the course begins they see for themselves that they were wrong and some of them even develop animosity towards this science.
So, a question begs to be asked – why do people think that psychology is easy in the first place?
Well, it could be that the simplest definition of what psychology is (a science that deals with human behavior) makes many people think that they already know so much from their own personal experience and that they don’t need any additional knowledge.
After You Get A Bachelor’s Degree In Psychology, You’re Good To Go
This simply isn’t true. If you want to become a licensed therapist you will need a master’s degree in either psychology or in fields like social work or counseling. Of course, getting a Bachelor’s Degree is one step in the right direction, but it isn’t enough. Additionally, if you want to become a therapist with a good reputation, it will take years of satisfied clients that will earn you that title.
It’s Nothing But Common Sense
Whenever someone reads an article or hears a deduction made by a psychologist, they have a tendency to conclude that nothing much has been said by that expert other than what’s entirely logical. However, many of those people fail to understand that something that is common sense today wasn’t common sense just a few decades ago. And thanks to psychology we are able to see things differently now. If we only take a look at how people used to bring up their children or the position of women in society, it can become obvious that the psychology of the entire world has changed completely over the past 4 decades.
The Job of A Psychologist Is To Sit and Listen
Of course, this is a part of their job, but that doesn’t mean that psychologists aren’t actively participating in the therapy. Through every session, the psychologists listen to their clients, asking them questions so that together they would reach certain conclusions that might improve the client’s mental state. Moreover, some psychologists also work in larger companies, as a part of the educational system, in the government, or even as scientists.