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Possible new career: clinical psychology? What do I need to know?

I currently have a career completely unrelated to clinical psychology, although it seems like a career path I'd like to investigate at the very least for multiple reasons. I'm interested in psychotherapy in particular. For people who work in the field, do you have anything to share about your line of work that isn't immediately obvious to outsiders? And what sort of person is best suited for this career? My personal interests are listed after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Hawk V on Apr 24, 2014 - 6 answers

A typology of joyful pursuits?

I'm looking for resources to help better understand the different types of activities that bring people joy and meaning. [more inside]
posted by figgy_finicky on Feb 27, 2014 - 9 answers

I promise I'm actually a good employee!

I have an upcoming job interview for a fairly sales-oriented position in business. Putting aside that I'm not sure I want the position yet and that in my eyes it counts against the company that they put stock in this sort of thing, the company is about to send me a personality test which they use as a strong hiring indicator. I would prefer to ace the test, whatever that means, and have my actual interview and position discussion determine hiring. How should I go about answering a test that I don't believe will be reflective of my personality? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 5, 2013 - 10 answers

I have a problem with certain types of questions. Help me to understand why and how I can deal with my discomfort.

I have been struggling to figure something out. There are certain types of questions I have trouble with, and I would like to understand what types of questions these are, why am I so uncomfortable with them, and what can I do to make dealing with them less unpleasant. [more inside]
posted by matrushka on Dec 29, 2012 - 58 answers

How do I deal with my short-tempered husband?

How do I deal with my short-tempered husband? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 28, 2012 - 22 answers

Hope for Recovery and Repair?

Recovery from severe depression + sleep deprivation + personality change possible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 30, 2012 - 9 answers

I really kinda thought I'd be a better person by now :(.

I've spent decades working on the same personal flaws, and despite clear goals and clever attack strategies, nothing ever seems to stick. Is it even possible to permanently "fix" specific aspects of one's character or personality? If so, how? and how long does it take? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on May 16, 2011 - 27 answers

Show me a clip with real personality...

I am seeking movies and clips of individuals with personality disorders, for a lecture I will be giving to college students. Any great ideas? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Apr 18, 2011 - 28 answers

Where to find a case of case studies?

Last week, I've picked up a book "Introduction to Personality" by Jerry Phares, and now looking for similar books. What can you recommend me Metafilter? [more inside]
posted by caelumluna on Apr 2, 2011 - 11 answers

Soulless to soulfull -- how to describe the full range of human personality?

Everything from awkward to convival, from fastidious to capricious. I am looking for a book (or a website, if it exists) about the complete range of human personality. [more inside]
posted by malapropist on Jan 31, 2011 - 6 answers

You Are Slow to Warm Up to Others, But Warm Once They Have Gained Your Trust...

Maddeningly frustrating Psych 101-filter: there's a semi-famous paragraph, written by a psychologist or sociologist. It describes an individuals personality/character traits. Most people who read it feel that it describes them accurately. What is it?! [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Jan 14, 2011 - 4 answers

Who are the normal people?

What is "normal," in a psychological/cultural/personality sense? How common is it? And what does it feel like? Any studies, stats, anecdotes? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Jun 7, 2010 - 17 answers

What makes something interesting?

Have there been any legitimate studies on how big five personality traits affect interests and hobbies? [more inside]
posted by edbles on Jun 3, 2010 - 3 answers

How do I find information about cat personality research?

Librarians? Anyone? I'm looking for information on describing and/or predicting cat personality characteristics. I've been trying to find a library (or otherwise borrowable) copy of the ASPCA's "Meet Your Match Feline-ality guide" somewhere, or science/research/articles about it. No hits in WorldCat. Is it hopeless? [more inside]
posted by amtho on May 30, 2010 - 6 answers

Personality textbook?

Any recommendations for a good (undergraduate) Personality Psychology text book? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on May 10, 2010 - 3 answers

TeachingFilter

Is it normal or is it the symptom of a serious cognitive / psychological disorder that I don't like teaching? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Nov 12, 2009 - 18 answers

My personality needs a review! It's getting out of control! Help please!

I'm scared of what my personality is coming to be. I recently broke up with my wife that I love but had no passion (kissing) with (2.5 yrs). I feel like I've controlled her a lot, do not want her to express a lot of her own self because I am very meticulous and strategic about my words, how I talk, how I present myself, etc. I think that's the same thing that happened with my ex girlfriend of two years. They love me for who I am, I'm a fun loving guy, good looking, good personality, morals, understanding, extremely caring, etc, but I'm wayyy too much of a presence and seemingly controlling to my loved ones. [more inside]
posted by Vandal on Oct 31, 2009 - 46 answers

Dom in bed, sub in life

Dominant in bed, submissive in life - how to get over feeling like a weirdo? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 9, 2009 - 11 answers

How to care for my geek husband?

I need help understanding how my hyper-smart geek husband's brain works. I want to give him the understanding he craves but am having a hard time inhabiting his plane. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 24, 2008 - 61 answers

Am I a good witch or a bad witch? A question about personality types

Psychology: is there a term for someone who can't define himself -- who has a hard time saying "I'm an X person" or "I'm a Y person"? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Nov 5, 2007 - 40 answers

throwing people into an Iowa asylum

Iowa & mental health: What can someone do if they're threatened with being admitted for psychiatric reasons against their will? What happens? Does it really only take two other people signing a document? Is threatening someone with this a crime? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 14, 2007 - 18 answers

Scholarship on stereotyping accurately!

What are the best scholarly books and articles in any field that would bear on how you might rapidly assess a person and predict aspects of his or her behavior based on various easily (not *necessarily* instantly) ascertainable characteristics (demographic information, body language, speaking patterns, ethnicity, education, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by shivohum on Feb 26, 2007 - 12 answers

Why do opposites attract?

Do opposites really attract? And if so, why? What is it about opposites, specifically personality types, that makes some relationships click? [more inside]
posted by Esther Festers on Jul 16, 2006 - 22 answers

Finding a huge electronic list of personality traits?

I need to find a lengthy list of English-language personality traits. Allport and Odbert's 1936 list would be awesome, and a searchable text version (meaning, not a scanned book) would be even better. [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint on Dec 11, 2005 - 6 answers

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