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I’ve been a therapist for 5 years now, but the “you’re the shrink” social syndrome started ever since my first year at university.
People, starting with my own parents and moving to social entourage, have this conception of a psychologist being some kind of Zen Guru. There is a look of shock when they see you angry, upset, irritated, sad, depressed… also, you are always supposed to know what people are thinking, how they’re going to react, why they’re doing what they’re doing, because “you’re the shrink”.
Well truth is, I may be more inclined to think and listen and analyze and understand, but I’m also as human as the rest of us. Some days I’m happy, others I’m sad and want to be left alone. I get scared, anxious, irritated, frustrated and can’t necessarily control it. Sometimes, I don’t want to analyze and rationalize and figure out what you’re thinking and why.
Sometimes, I just want a big hug and an “it’s going to be alright”, even if I know it won’t…