Being a Psychologist is an interesting option, you can look forward to the satisfaction of helping others, can enjoy a high earning potential, learn about people and how they think, and may have quite a bit of variety in your work. 

If we put it in simple words- Psychologists study human behavior. They work with different settings giving a helping hand or treating patients with severely impaired.  Psychologists use a number of methodologies during their treatment or counseling- gather information and evaluate behavior through controlled laboratory experiments, psychoanalysis, or psychotherapy. They also may administer personality, performance, aptitude, or intelligence tests. 

There are a variety of areas for specialization: Clinical Psychologists and school psychologists are the most popular, besides these two there are others like, Counseling, Developmental, forensic, industrial organization and social psychologists. 

Role of Psychologists

  • Study behavior and brain function
  • Collect information through observations, interviews, surveys, tests, and other methods
  • Evaluate, understand and predict behavior
  • Use their knowledge to increase understanding among individuals and groups
  • Develop programs that improve schools and workplaces by addressing psychological issues
  • Work with individuals, couples, and families to help them make desired changes to behaviors
  • Identify and diagnose mental, behavioral, or emotional disorders
  • Develop and carry out treatment plans
  • Collaborate with physicians or social workers to help treat patients

Skills of Psychologists

Analytical skills: Analytical skills are important when performing psychological research. Psychologists must be able to examine the information they collect and draw logical conclusions from them.

Communication skills: Psychologists must have strong communications skills because they spend much of their time listening to and speaking with patients. 

Observational skills: Psychologists study attitude and behavior. They must be able to watch people and understand the possible meanings of people's facial expressions, body positions, actions, and interactions.

Patience: Psychologists must be able to demonstrate patience. They also must be patient when dealing with people who have mental or behavioral disorders.

People skills: Psychologists study people and help people. They must be able to work well with their clients, patients, and other medical professionals.

Problem-solving skills: Psychologists need problem solving skills to find treatments or solutions for mental and behavioral problems.

Trustworthiness: Patients must be able to trust their psychologists. Psychologists also must keep patients’ problems in confidence, and patients must be able to trust psychologists’ expertise in treating sensitive problems.

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