Today, mental health is taken more seriously than it was a few years ago. Someone with the expertise that can help a person’s emotional stability is called a psychologist. He/She is a person who studies the human mind and human behaviour. When an individual deals with an issue, he consults a psychologist to overcome his problem.
The psychologist helps this individual to understand both his shortcomings and personal strengths and thereby, helps the patient in overcoming the problem. They are warm, approachable, trustworthy and keenly focus on helping other people with their problems.
A psychologist does not prescribe medicine but treats the individual through therapy and counselling. The various fields of psychology include Abnormal psychology, Counselling Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Industrial psychology, Sports Psychology, etcetera.
The qualities and skills of a psychologist are as follows: patience, helping nature, empathy, communication, problem solving and research
Patience is the capacity to tolerate/endure problems. A psychologist listens to your problems with patience and asks questions at appropriate times.
The most essential quality of a psychologist is his/her nature to help. A psychologist must help those who need help, but work ethics dictate that they should do so only when an individual approaches/seeks for their help.
Empathy is “putting yourself in other person’s shoes” which means to understand the other person’s problems by imagining himself/herself in that situation. By doing so, the psychologist helps the person feel understood and comfortable in sharing their issues.
Communication skills is essential to become a psychologist. A psychologist first actively listens to your patient’s problems and then must prepare to ask the right questions to gather information and awareness on the issue.
Problem Solving and Decision making
A psychologist critically analyses your issue and directs you toward finding solutions to your own issues. A psychologist is therefore good with critical thinking, planning, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
A psychologist is also deeply involved in research, to help individuals understand what works for them: how to use skills when to use, where to use and why to use. Psychologists have the thirst to learn and generalize their learning by applying them to people for a better and happy life.
Let us now learn about a famous Psychologist
An Austrian neurologist, Sigmund Freud is known to be the most influential psychologists in the history of all time. He founded the psychoanalytic school of psychology which dealt with an individual’s past. He contributed by explaining that the human’s behaviour and personality was related to his childhood experiences. His famous books are Psychoanalysis and Interpretation of Dreams. In his latter book, he explained how dreams could tell a lot about a person. Isn’t that amazing? His theories and analysis are taught in classrooms even today.
Carl Jung, Alfred Adler, Carl Rogers and Ivan are other famous psychologists who introduced a lot of theories and techniques in the field of psychology.