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BRERRABBIT1
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1/26/13 1:36 P

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I'm not a professional, but as a girl I was interested, and still am. When I meet or watch someone in your line of work I ask myself what I suppose might originally have interested him in the subject. I wonder if he had been curious about some aspect of his own personality. I know now that that was what interested me.

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**Well, (sob) you see, doc, I was ironing and the phone rang..**



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i dont say it until know one very well and become aquinted otherwise enenually they find out but already know and hopefully love the real me miis my career orantation

I am leader o fFood and Sugar Addiction Team -lead food and sugar addiction team. Please write to me i am here to help you over come this addiction any way i can.All are welcome to join this challenge rebacca7















DO MY BEST, TRUST GOD FOR THE REST obedience is JOY and forgiveness is JOY and love is ............................ JOY GOD "s joy my see am i a food addict scrool to m


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I usually get one of two responses 1. they think it's wonderful and ask to utilize my services or 2. they act like I'm a vampire or avoid me like the plague


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i usually try to create friends etc without mentioning what i do as i also have taught school in past i make friends very quickly so i let them know me as a person and they in turn tell me all about self anyway my husband says how do you do that know their life history in a half hour i tell him God given gift that i improved on mentally and emotionally although well trained most comes from experience and determanation

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I am leader o fFood and Sugar Addiction Team -lead food and sugar addiction team. Please write to me i am here to help you over come this addiction any way i can.All are welcome to join this challenge rebacca7















DO MY BEST, TRUST GOD FOR THE REST obedience is JOY and forgiveness is JOY and love is ............................ JOY GOD "s joy my see am i a food addict scrool to m


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I love it!

Be gentle towards all that is unsolved in your heart, and try to love the questions themselves --Rilke

It's never too late to be or do what you might have been or done!

Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could be any different---MEZZOANGEL

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10/7/10 11:01 A

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Usually it is something like "Oh.My.God. I must stop talking right now! I won´t say you anything else! So...what is my IQ?" Yes, that happens to me, I am not kidding:)



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I, too, get the "are you analyzing everything I say?" question a lot. So I just smile sweetly and said, "Of course I work 24/7, don't you?" But I think I might switch to something like, "well I wasn't until you mentioned it."

"Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity." Horace Mann


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7/17/10 4:35 A

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Welcome - I'm a school psychologist, too - working on a doctorate in school psych -

Edited by: KAKIPOPUP at: 7/17/2010 (04:36)
Be gentle towards all that is unsolved in your heart, and try to love the questions themselves --Rilke

It's never too late to be or do what you might have been or done!

Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could be any different---MEZZOANGEL

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Hi all, I'm new to this group! I'm a postdoc in clinical psych, and a licensed school psychologist. I saw this topic right away and loved it. I definitely get the, "Are you analyzing me right now?" comment a lot. But one of the best conversations I had was with a guy at a dance club when I was in graduate school. He asked what I did, and I told him I was working toward my doctorate. He replied, "Cool. I could have a Ph.D., too, but I don't have a work ethic." LOL!





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5/28/10 7:47 P

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Funny that I find this thread today. I'm wearing a t-shirt that was given to my whole cohort before leaving for internship. It has our school and class year on the front, and on the back in huge letters it says, "YES, I'M ANALYZING YOU".

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My response to the concerns that I will analyze people is to say, "Don't worry, I only do that when I'm getting paid". Usually brings a chuckle and we can talk "normally".



Be gentle towards all that is unsolved in your heart, and try to love the questions themselves --Rilke

It's never too late to be or do what you might have been or done!

Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could be any different---MEZZOANGEL

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4/8/10 10:51 P

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I'm a School Psychologist. People (even the staff in my schools) always joke about needed to come lie down on my couch or come in for testing.

It stopped being funny 14 years ago (shortly after I began this career).

I AM DOING THIS!!!!! It's about Mindfulness and PROGRESS, not perfection. Being aware, at every moment, of what my goal is and how the current action is helping me reach that goal.....that is the key to success.
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2/21/10 2:29 P

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i don't care what they say, I just want to say "I'm a psychologist" instead of I am an intern or I have been in college for 10 years to become a psychologist!


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2/21/10 11:09 A

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ohhhh plumber! I may just use that one!


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I get much less annoying comments when I tell people I'm a child psychologist, instead of just saying I'm a psychologist. People don't automatically think I'm analyzing them, and most don't (although some still do) launch into an hour-long recounting of their marital problems. The only assumption they do make is that I provide therapy for spoiled rich kids, which couldn't be further from the truth.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery. - James Joyce


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2/19/10 9:29 P

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Yep, whenever people hear "psychologist" they ask, "Oh.. are you analyzing me?" I usually just look at them and say, "Well I am now!"


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1/28/10 5:11 P

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I went to a new OB/GYN the other day. He starts by asking, "what do you do." As soon as he hears I'm a neuropsychologist, he says "so have you figured me out yet?" This is basically what I get all of the time. My advisor in grad school had a good strategy: if people next to him on an airplane ask what he does, he tells them he's a plumber. Nobody wants to talk to a plumber about his job.


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I'm not a psychologist but I do have a BS in psychology... I'm getting my Master's in Public Health and want to get a PhD in Gender Studies with a PhD minor (depending on the school) in human sexuality.....

You can't imagine.

With the psych degree I get "wow, you must have me read by now" or the million questions about their relative who seems to be crazy ...

With the sexuality stuff - oh dear. It's gotten awkward, to say the least.

In the end, everyone assumes I want to be a therapist. I usually joke back and say "being locked in a room with a crazy person isn't anyone's idea of fun, especially those who may be my future patient."

What I want to do is research, teaching, and public education... epidemiology much? :)


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Huh, I am doing my postdoc internship this year. Phew! People are strange, mostly the wonder why I would move out to the boondocks to work with "sickos" and how on earth I chose that as a career. Really though most people think it means you have some sort of supernatural mind reading/tricking powers. I sure wish that was true...then I could make my clients just STOP IT! (as Bob Newhart put it).

I love shoes!








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12/1/09 11:28 P

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When I told people I was a psych. major in college they always told me to stop analyzing them... so I told them to stop stereotyping me. It worked most of the time... or people would ask me for advice.


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I am a recreation therapist...so not a psychologist, but I work them. I work in an adult psych ward. I always get..."Oh so you play for a living!"

Shanna
My advice/statements should NOT be considered therapeutic and should NOT be considered medical advice. I do NOT have any intent to make medical or therapeutic advice. Please do not ask. Please contact your medical professional.
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May people are still confused about the distinction between psychologist and psychiatrist so I either get questions about prescribing medication (which I don't do and don't want to do: I know some psychologist with script privs.) or they comment about me shrinking them. So I continue to educate

O Jesus, Who hast said "Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be be opened to you." Through the intercession of Mary, Thy Most Holy Mother, I knock, I seek, I ask that my prayers be granted...

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So, Im on the tail end of a 6 hour drive when my car broke down. An hour later, after walking up and down the highway to and from the gas station Im sitting in the tow truck cab, chatting. From "what are you studying" to a hellish 45 minute ride later I have heard about this 50+ dude's sexual partners for the last 10 years. Note, they were all under the age of 35 and many of them were his daughter's friends. I dont think what I do nec. equates to "ok with no boundaries."

And welcome, CMHASKEW. There are enough people in need out there for all of us!

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I'm an LMSW, So we don't play for the same team, but we're all professionals, right? I double majored in Psych/Social Work in undergrad and have been teaching Gen. and Dev. Psych at the junior college level for 4 years. Does that qualify me for an et. al. position on the team? lol Anywho...I get the same kind of comments. I fed into the mystical thinking when I was in grad school until my practicum instructor sat me down and told me differently lol. It really helped me come down to earth and gain a realistic view of my abilities. Another one of my favorites is my family, friends and BF telling me "you should know what to do in "X" situations; you're a social worker." Doesn't work that way... :) I look forward to giving/getting support from like minded men and women (especially women) emoticon


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5/29/09 12:01 A

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i'm not a psychologist yet - doing my predoctoral internship this upcoming academic year. nevertheless, when i tell people what i do, i invariably get, "oh, are you analyzing me?" or some variation on that. i usually reply, "oh, don't worry, if i were analyzing you i would be billing you." something like that - i think using humor is a good way to diffuse the situation. also, physicians get similar responses or questions about health - so i don't think it is unique to us. i do think that it is a little different for us because it seems more abstract to people and dr phil doesn't help either...




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I hate how the conversation seems to always then move toward "cousin dan" who was in the hospital for such and such or "Aunt Maggie" who have always been "crazy." Can't we just talk about books or something?!

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"Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in."

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It is funny that they think we have all the answers or are so ....MYSTICAL minded about their behaviors. Good point S-


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I'm a grad student in clinical psychology and I've had several people make comments like, "Oh she's in psychology, now she's reading our minds!" lol.. or they think we can do mind games or something.


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As I was waiting to board a plane to return from my residency, after starting graduate school, a woman started speaking to me, and as soon as she found out I was counseling grad student she immediately asked "How do I know if I really need therapy or not?" I thought to myself, sheesh I had only started school 4 days ago and already the question was asked!


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KACOPHANI
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Fun, funny, unexpected, or irritating.

Recommit as often as you have to.

"Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in."

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