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What are the necessary skills required to become a psychologist?

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RE: What are the necessary skills required to become a psychologist?

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Preeti Taneja
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Head Guidance & Counselling at Project Wisdom, CSR initiative of Canam Consultants Limited, Chandigarh
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The growing understanding of psychology and its importance has brought with itself a plethora of career opportunities. It holds a solution to a thousand mental, social and psychological problems human beings find themselves battling with. Psychology is an extremely complex science working on pure logic and reasoning combined with apt sensitivity. psychology is usually taught at the 10+2 or equivalent level with other social sciences. Most universities offer the subjects a bachelors honors programme. After graduation one can go for MA or MSc in psychology. To be a good psychologist one needs to have immense patience and perseverance, good listening skills, ability to look at the things from other perspectives, logical approach combined with objectivity, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, unconditional positive regard & empathy. They should be able to instill confidence in the patients and must have the ability to build quick rapport with patients with an aim to assist the patient to open up easily and speak his mind clearly to the psychologist.

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