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This is a discussion on Is there an INFP psychologist/social worker here? within the INFP Forum - The Idealists forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; I have a bachelor's degree in psychology but have spent several years not being able to decide if I can ...

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    INFP - The Idealists

    Is there an INFP psychologist/social worker here?

    I have a bachelor's degree in psychology but have spent several years not being able to decide if I can emotionally handle being a psychologist or social worker. I wonder if anybody here works in that field?



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    INFP - The Idealists

    i am sorry i am not ..but i dont think i can do it, because others problems will affect me so much and i wont be able to do my work.... but i believe we can be very good on this

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    INFP - The Idealists

    I'm currently studying at uni to be a social worker. I think i could succeed in the field but i HATE university with a passion.
    I imagine that any career in social work or psychology would as you say be difficult to handle emotionally. BUT, Perhaps if you're fortunate enough to become involved in an area that you are particularly passionate about than it may spur your empathy on into positive ambition...? wouldn't that be lovely!

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    INFP - The Idealists

    I`ve been a psychiatric social worker for just about 23 years.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    I'm studying to become community educator specializing in special education/ working with troubled youth etc. and my studies consist of lot of social psychology/pedagogy.I believe you can handle it, since many infp have been through a lot in their lives and we can really relate to people with problems and understand them on a different level.We don't patronise people, we walk the mile in their shoes.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by Sily View Post
    I`ve been a psychiatric social worker for just about 23 years.
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    how you been liking it? I suppose your job is more stressful than being a psychologist, perhaps dealing more with child abuse and that sort of thing, right? Or do you do psychotherapy as well?

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    ISFP - The Artists

    I've done mental health case management for a few years. I think that is more towards the social work field than psychology. Psychology was far less appealing to me in that it seemed much more research oriented. INFPs have some unique gifts in that they can be very well-equipped to empathize with target populations and to develop trusting relationships with clients. It's hard to say to you whether or not you would be able to handle it emotionally, because I don't know anything about you. I will say that though it can be demanding, and that there is a very real potential for people to burn out, it is nonetheless rewarding.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    yes --

    Good answer, Sloe Djinn - it can't hurt to try, if there is a passion. I have a degree in psychology and work as a financial specialist because as an INFP I have difficult filtering other's emotions. It's not their problems or issues so much as the general negativity, anxiety, or hostility that I have trouble with. I'm happy with my choice, but I'm passionate about what I do. It's better to make a choice and change gears if necessary than to never follow your dreams for yourself.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    I have a bachelor's in psychology, but I discovered that I didn't think I could be a therapist. I started going into the research side of it, working with animals (mostly training them). It was fun, and I felt a connection to the animals. But writing the papers seemed to strip all the real meaning from the experiences.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    I can't help but today I came across something that influenced my thoughts on getting into that sort of thing. From fmylife.com where people anonymously post unpleasant things that (supposedly) happened to them:

    Today, one of the psych patients I work with on a locked unit looked into my eyes and told me lovingly that I reminded him of his sister. The sister he killed after he raped her. FML


 
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