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I’ve studied psychology for a long time. I have a BA and a MA in it. I’d like to think I know a bit about it. I’d like to say a couple of things to the world:
1.) Freud, and much of the meat of psychoanalysis, are total crap. Really. Freud and Jung and all of that stuff are applied far more in literary analysis, but the majority of us in psychology don’t take it seriously.
2.) Just because I’ve studied psychology, please don’t ask me to psychoanalyze your friend or your boss or your mom or you. I can’t interpret your dreams. I can’t diagnose your uncle. Even it weren’t an incredibly awkward thing to ask of your friends, not to mention highly unethical of me, I personally studied research psychology. RESEARCH. I’d be only too delighted to talk to you about executive function and meditation and asymmetric hemispheric activity and biological motion and sensation and perception and the like, but please, no psychoanalysis.
One last thing: Psychology Today is like the Cosmo of psychology. Just so we’re clear.
Thanks for listening to my little rant.