1. People assume you want to be a clinical psychologist. No, no, no. There’s so much more to psychology than clinical psychology. To name a few other areas: Developmental, Cognitive, Social/Personality, and Neuroscience.
2. Someone has asked you, “What can you tell me about myself?” when you’ve only known them for a grand total of five minutes. Lol, I can tell you’re an idiot.
3. Psychological thrillers are your favorite. Fight Club, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Black Swan, Criminal Minds. Need I say more?
4. Dreading the fact that four years is not enough. Hello, grad school!
5. Rolling your eyes at people that think Freud’s psychoanalytic theory is a thing. Granted it’s interesting to learn about (and historical), but a lot of aspects of Freud’s theory are sexist and outdated. Penis envy, anyone?
6. The Myers-Briggs Personality test isn’t a thing either. Same as Freud’s psychoanalytic theory, this theory helped the field improve in its search for operationalizing personality, but the 16 prototypes that were developed are in a sense like zodiac signs: entertaining, but not scientific or factual.
7. You’re tired of hearing the stereotype that psych majors are crazy. Even though, deep down, you question your own sanity.
8. You’ve been asked, “Are you reading my mind?” Yes, I am. Be scared.
9. Looking forward to most of your classes. Cultural Psychology? Brain and Behavior? Yes, please!
10. Statistics is now wired into your brain. Correlation does not equal causation.
11. You’ve been asked by friends how they should handle their personal problems or situations. Lol, I don’t fucking know.
12. Having to tell many of your STEM friends that yes, psychology is a science too. We conduct research using the scientific method. ‘Nuff said.
13. You take pride in the fact that psychology majors are some of the most open minded people you’ll ever meet. We study behavior and understand the power of the situation and the power of biology, which means we know how to cut people some slack.