Top 10 myths about psychologists

Top 10 myths about psychologists

Sofía Martínez-Villalpando asks What are the common misconceptions about psychologists. I really love this question because
I’ve never received it before. Usually people always ask me myths about psychology but not really misconceptions about
psychologists. So here are the top 10 I came up with. Number one. We all see patients about half the psychologists in the United States are practicing in some way but the rest work in a wide variety of areas from research and administration to consulting and business. Even those who practice and are involved in patient care
also are usually doing other different
things. Number two we all have doctorates in the United States. The degree of entry to be to have the title of psychologist is a doctorate. But internationally it’s largely a master’s degree that grants you the title of psychologist. Number three we’re rich. Psychologists tend to do. OK I’m going to put some salary information right over here you should be seeing that right now. One thing you ought to keep in mind
is on average it takes someone about
five to seven years after finishing undergrad to get a degree that enters them into the field of psychology. And during that time most accumulate a lot of debt. I’m going to show you some average debt information right over here. Number four we’re analyzing you. This is the question I always
get when someone finds out I’m a psychologist. I get it so often that I made a
video about it. Definitely check out that
video on why we’re not analyzing you. Number five psychologists and psychiatrists are the same thing psychiatrists have a degree in medicine. They have M.D.s and psychologists have a doctorate in psychology. Psychiatrists get training in a medical model that are a lot of medical care they largely prescribe medicine. Whereas psychologists primarily are involved in the delivery of psychology related services we work together in a lot of situations.
Numbers six we’re all messed up. Many of us got interested in the field because we do have some personal interest in whatever area we’re focused on. That doesn’t necessarily mean we’re
struggling with the exact same thing and in situations where we are because we’re human we tend to get our own treatment or our own support or find a way of dealing with our own issues so they don’t
impact the people we work with. Number 7 we have to be like you in order to be able to help you. One of the questions I
often get when I’m working with families is do you have kids yourself. And I mean the answer is yes. And you can hear her in the
background. My little girl there. It’s kind of like if someone asked an oncologist who treats cancer have you gone through cancer
yourself. Our expertise is understanding these problems understanding the science related to them and how to best help you. We can’t possibly understand what your experience is
like and that’s part of our job to figure
that out. But we don’t have to have gone
through that experience ourselves in order to be able to help you. Number eight we can read your mind. My area of expertise is anxiety. I’ve been treating it for a long
time and I still can’t 100 percent tell when someone is anxious nor can I tell what is making them anxious. I can work with two people they both have social anxiety they
might both have a fear of public speaking. But the way they experiencing Zayat the things that they’re afraid of how it all plays out for them can be very different. Number nine psychologists just use common sense. This is an extension of the myth
that psychology is just common sense. Whether we’re working with patients or a business or we’re designing new interfaces what we aspire to do is combine the best the science of psychology the brain and behavioral sciences with our professional experience. Some of this stuff might feel like
common sense and some of it is but there’s a lot of findings about
psychology that are very counterintuitive. And so we always try to base everything we do on the research. Number 10 we’re all extroverts who love working with people. I can tell you from personal experience this is not the case at all. There’re a lot of reasons why people
become psychologists some people want to get into a helping profession. They love working with people and maybe they are more extroverted. Some people want to go into a helping profession but they’re more introverted. Some people are interested in
psychology because they like understanding problems or bringing clarity to data. Thank you Sofía for submitting this
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  • The Psych Show

    Top 10 myths about psychologists:

    1. We all see patients
    2. We all have doctorates
    3. We're rich
    4. We're analyzing you
    5. Psychologists and psychiatrists are the same thing
    6. We're all messed up
    7. We have to be like you in order to be able to help you
    8. We can read your mind
    9. Psychologists just use common sense
    10. We're all extroverts who love working with people

    What question do you want to see me answer on the next #ThePsychShowQA?

  • Rupjyoti Das

    What do you do when you are yourself in any psychological problem?

  • Giovanni Vieira

    Wow two Psych Show episodes in one week! Keep up the amazing work Ali!

  • Dr.Abdullah Akbar

    Make a video about the difference between psychologist and psychiatric

  • P. Boscardin

    I would like a video about current research on validity of the field of psychoanalysis. Was Freud correct?

  • GetPsyched

    Awesome video! Makes me think it might be worth looking at something similar on my psychology channel. Always analysing people is something I get all the time too.

  • Savina Zúñiga

    I read not so long ago that everyone in Buenos Aires is in therapy lol meaning that Argentina is the country in the western world with the most psychologists. Hmmm 🤔

  • William Budihardjo

    This is what I always wanted!! more than just a video in a week! I hope this will be a regular!! Btw, I really hope you will make some videos related with gun control and how people always blaming on mental issues rather than the policies.

  • William Wright

    Great question and great answer.

  • Bleach Martini

    BABY NOISES!!!!!

  • Karl Frederik Færch Fischer

    The cuteness of the baby sounds were a bit distracting <3 – Don't change it though! It was nice and cute, just had to skip back a few times because I got lost in the cute

  • Spudsworth

    I wonder if people asking about whether you have kids are asking less out of a concern that you have to be similar to them in order to help, but perhaps more as a way to judge how similar your experiences may be. You mentioned that you use both training and your own experiences, and it's relatively easy to see a degree and think "ok, this person has training," whereas getting a sense of someone's personal experiences requires asking.

    Just a thought I had while watching.

  • Elaine Rodino


  • BrainWhy

    Love the myth number 8. Reading Minds !
    Come check out my last video abt addiction to video games in french but with english subtitles : maybe we Can collaborate on a video?

  • Eric Earley

    I think I just spent the entire video with my eyes glued to the bottom-right corner 😅

  • Shanda Wells

    What an adorable little distraction in the back 😉

  • Merv Singh

    Thank you for busting some of the persistent misconceptions surrounding Psychologists and Psychology in general!

  • Jules Ackleow

    I love how you are such a proud dad! 🙂

  • Alyssa Strackbein

    How do I tell my therapist that I don’t like it when she uses personal examples to relate to what I’m talking about?

  • Stuti Agrawal

    So helpful nd interesting video sir.. !! Sir i am from india.. It would be great if you discuss some competitive exams or extra courses/training in psychology which can be done after BA and MA

  • Timothy Bucky

    it is a third party that pays and this means that the psychotherapy work is done by msw many times and that might be the better degree to get to make a living. this is considered hard to return your investment if you look like this guy any doctor will refer to you but some people have to find a special niche.

  • TheYay1995

    Just to be clear, Salary really depends on the subspecialty you are pursuing within the doctorate level. Neuropsychologists, I/O, and clinical psychologists are usually one of the top earners in the fields making $90k+. Also regarding debt it really matters on the program you attend. For instance getting into a top funded program in the UC system can guarantee you debt free graduation. But of course you have to be one of the top performing students since it's a prestigious program. Plus i know mates here at my UC went on to teach at Medical schools and also treat Patients at the hospital and they earn over $120k. P.S. those are research oriented universities and you gotta keep up with the research to even better your outcome. This was a great video overall for a brief overview of misconceptions in the field.

  • Lucas Alvarez

    How often do you use statistics? And how do you use them in regards to helping a client? If at all used. Good video! And thanks again!

  • Alissa Dickerson

    Thanks for the info! You’re baby is adorable btw!

  • Joy

    Super informative and helpful!

  • Manyata Sharma

    Sir, I have done my Bachelor's in psychology from India. I want to pursue my masters in the US. Keeping in mind the changing job prospects for the international students, do you think that it would still be a safe option for students like me to get into US?

  • Nate Crownwell

    Any tips or tricks for people who have a hard time verbally communicating, i.e. they know what they want to say but they cannot speak it, the words don't come out. Thank you.

  • Luiza Campana

    I was talking to my psychologist about this idea that people that go in the field because they want to help and she said this is problematic, because it's not charity work, the idea of "helping" is a little complicated, maybe it's kind of condescending. What is your opinion about it?

  • Dimitri Rytsk

    Soo, Psychologist is a paid friend, and psychiatrist is the licenced drug dealer.

  • BigDave15

    When I mention that I have studied psychology people sometimes act like I said I studied telepathy.

  • jerrypresley1234

    I think under misconception is all psychologist are non religious. I've seen many things on how psychology and religion cant exist at the same time and I find this interesting. I graduated from a Christian college with a bachelor's degree in psychology, and know many people who practice psyc and are practicing Christians.

  • Nico M

    Really? I saw the job listings for a Ph.D/PsyD psychologist in my area (LA) and the salary is over $100k. Am I just lucky to live in a good area or is this false information?

  • Harley Quinn

    I enjoy watching your videos! I’m a licensed clinical social worker who attended a clinically based graduate program and has worked as a therapist in both inpatient and outpatient mental health. Some of the myths I hear are, “Wow, I can’t do what you do. I could never take people’s children away,” or “social workers don’t have clinical privileges.” The truth is that social workers are employed in a wide variety of settings, and hold clinical privileges including the role to assess, diagnose and treat mental health related disorders depending on where the setting is. Social work is designated as one of the four core mental health professions under federal legislation that established the National Institute of Mental Health.

  • Michelle M

    Hi I have a question. What is the difference between a Doctor of Clinical Psychology degree and a postgraduate diploma of clinical psychology. Do you call both doctors?

  • Shariff Gibbons

    Hi there my name Shariff I am a LMSW and in the future I was thinking about getting a psy’d most likely after I become an LCSW because I feel the psy’d would Give me more tools to better help my future client’s. My question to you is do you feel a PsyD program would provide better training then just working as a LCSW?

  • A B

    I’m a therapist and if you ask me if I am analyzing you, I will immediately start because I then think you have something to hide.

  • Nick Majaw

    WhAt is the key difference between a counsellor, a therapists and a psychologist?


    yeah right psychologists make a TON of money for sitting around

  • Deepanshu Singh

    U indian?

  • varsha raj

    Can I apply for PHD in psychology in USA .I have done my masters in economics however psychology was one of my subjects in undergraduate .. (from 9th grade till BA .)please suggest ..will be really thankful

  • MP

    The one pysychopathology suffered by all clinical psychologist is CLEARLY workoholism. I say that only because it is true, the competitiveness of both PhD an PsyD Clinical programs is utterly enormous, and nothing short of utter obsession and perpetual motion is required to even stand a chance of gaining acceptance into them.

  • Emma Tuakoi

    What advice would you give to students beginning a psychology degree?

  • Simran Bhaidani

    I found you really confident and amazing i wanna be a psychologist myself im 15 now and i live in India
    Im sure i can come to your account whenever i have doubts😊

  • Julie Herrick

    On #7, this actually does matter to me.
    I have come out of fundamentalist religion, and I have a lot to unpack about that experience. When I suspect my therapist might be religious themselves, I feel like I have to educate them on fundamentalism as well as why it was traumatic for me, and my own journey out, while also being careful not to shit on their deeply held beliefs. I almost feel like I have to justify my experience to them on top of explaining so much backstory. And even when I do, I get a look that says "I'm trained to be empathetic, but I don't really get it" and they don't ask good followup questions about it.
    When I speak to a therapist who I know has deconverted themselves, or exited a cult, or at least has a lot of experience working in this area, it's SO MUCH easier to talk to them when I don't have to explain so much background. They just get it. They put me at ease, and they understand how to discuss it, and understand why my experience could be traumatic.
    It's a unique niche, and I don't expect every therapist to have expertise in this area, but for me as the client, it makes all the difference in the world whether or not we can start with that foundation.

  • #бл3нд3рФрейда

    Wow. I thought these myths living only in Russian’s minds.
    Enjoyed your video, colleague:)

  • Tommy Gavin

    1) psychology sucks
    2) most psychologists are complete weirdos and it shows

  • Dayan Gran

    good thing i found this, im about to take up bspsy

  • Kim Jong Trump

    Interesting !!! Thanks a lot

  • Chemical_ Candyx96

    Would love you to do a reacting video to The Babadook. I believe the horror movie is a metaphor for mental health, as my partner and I thought some of the behaviour the mother shows is really similar to how my mother in law was in her worst years struggling with Bipolar and Schizophrenia.

  • Kali Das

    Are you Palistani or Indian?

  • Brielle Hunter

    I disagree with number 7. You can't learn about suffering from a book and expect to make a connection or impact.

  • No no no

    im going into my second year of wealth therapy and im charging 525 dollars per session, which goes down my own pocket. so it really depends on whether you want to be rich. if so, go into wealth therapy.

  • Lauren Almes

    Are the salary charts that you posted specific to having a Ph.d? Or is that for Masters and Ph.d psychologists across the board? Thanks!

  • Michael Stone

    Here in the UK psychology is a direct path to a career at McDonald's and makes you highly likely to claim depression😂

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