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Why Everyone Should Study Psychology – From Home!

I’m going to put it out there; I didn’t get a chance to attend a normal college or university course like most of my friends. When everyone was packing their backs to head off to uni, I was working long hours trying to pay bills. Boo hoo. Luckily, as I found my feet in the adult world, distance learning began to take off in a big way. No longer did you have to sacrifice minimum 3 years of your life (and end up in huge amounts of student debt), you could study from home. Most importantly, while being able to work too. I took a few short distance learning courses, completely unsure what I wanted to do, until I stumbled upon psychology.

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The Human Mind

In all honesty, I don’t know why psychology as a college course choice didn’t come to me sooner. I’d always been fascinated by the way our minds worked and had experience with mental health disorders through various friends and family. It made sense, to me at least, to learn more about the human mind. One of the first jobs I ever had was in phone sales (I know, I know) and part of the training involved learning various psychology methods; in order to help you sell better. Things like using positive language, body language, open questions, the works. It’s incredible how by turning the word contract into agreement can make someone feel far more at ease when it comes to signing a piece of paper. I had used psychology to my advantage in the past, so why not learn more about how the mind reacts to different things.

A Useful Degree

As I made my way through the beginnings of a psychology course, I quickly realised that what I was learning could be used for more than just selling phones. It made me more attuned to the people around me; the way they talked, their body language, and what they were saying. I went from always putting my foot in it, to being able to say the right thing at the right time. Pretty handy if you find social situations awkward as heck. I begun to realise when people weren’t keen on what I was saying or the way I was handling a situation. It’s all these little things put together that could effectively help you excel in any job. If you know people, if you’re a people person, then you can use that skill for anything. From customer service right through to becoming your own boss; a leader.

The Pitfalls

There is one serious pitfall from taking a college course in psychology, however. You begin to analyse everyone and everything. I was driving the people around me slightly nuts for a short time. While my best mate was telling me about how distanced her boyfriend was from her, I was explaining in theoretical terms what this meant. And how, using psychology, she could combat this and move on with her life. It was like I became devoid of human emotion for a little bit… I became a robot. Luckily, I quickly began to realise what I was doing and managed to curb it. However, I know there are a fair few psychology students who can’t turn that analytical mind off. It all depends on how well you can empathise, as well as staying detached from a situation. If you don’t think you’ll be able to stop analysing every hand gesture from every guy or girl at the bar, then this probably isn’t the course for you.

Will I become a psychologist in the future? Absolutely not, the thought of that scares me to death. But, I know that every bit of knowledge I learnt through my course will come in useful one day. While I’m building up a business and leading people; while I’m trying to get through negative parts of my life; and even (now I’ve learnt better) how to help my friends go through breakups. To me, that’s one heck of a useful degree – and one I didn’t even have to leave the house for.

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