Our expert says:
I agree with www that actually, if you successfully work through your own issues and problematic reactions, you could make a particularly good shrink, and I look forward to you eventually joining the team. Any normal person has problems, of various sorts --- we can't pick the shrinks out of the weird folks who don't have any. But what matters is what one does about and with the problems --- some people use their patients to seek answers to their own personal problems, and they make really bad shrinks ; but those who have used their own life experiences to learn more about the human condition and how to deal with problems, can make very fine shrinks,better able to understand and help others.
It sounds as if you had an awfully stressful life so far, and as if you used to cope with it by staying all buttoned up, under-emotional, and under-reacting to everything ( and your description of your rather's reactions is brilliant, by the way ) ; and more recently, for whatever reason, you've been over-reacting and over-emotional. It may be, paradoxically, because you are now in what feels like a safe relationship with a really nice guy, in a job and working towards a good career --- sometimes one holds back one's reactions while the major crises continue, and then let loose when it feels safe to do so. Similarly, a rugby player may actually get physically injured during the excitement of a game, barely noticing it, only to fel the full pain when they leave the field and as the excitement dies down.
Wouldn't it be an excellent idea to have some counselling yourself ? This need not cost much, and if you're already a student, there should be provision for student counselling on campus, which ought to be free. Apart from helping you revise your reactions emotionally and cognitively, to past and present experiences, it could give you even better insight into the process of helping people, which will not only contribute towards making you a great shrink eventually, but a dynamite receptionist in the meantime --- exactly the sort of person those frustrated and angry customers really long to find when they reach that front desk !
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