14 Actual Quotes From Psychology Majors

14 Actual Quotes From Psychology Majors

Are we really analyzing you?

Psychology is one of those majors that has some pretty strong stereotypes surrounding it. Some are true, some are so inaccurate it's almost funny, some are really dark and depressing. I decided to compile a list of direct quotes from some fellow Psychology majors and put it all together to set the record straight and maybe laugh a little bit.

1. "Everyone assumes that we don't need math or science."

Psychology is literally the scientific study of the human mind, it's functions and behavior. We use the scientific method. We use actual math, like, you know, statistics, while conducting experiments and analyzing data. Just like every other scientific study. Shocker!

2. "I literally had someone ask me why I was studying all of the time if I was a Psychology major."

Just refer to #1. Also, two words: case studies.

3. "Having a mental illness as a Psychology major just makes you more depressed."

You analyze yourself, you understand the science behind it... it really is a giant double edged sword.

4. "The Oedipus complex is real."

Uh... I am a little concerned about this one. Let's move on.

5. "People always assume I am going to be a therapist. I am actually seeking to be in law enforcement."

Psychology is arguably the most broad major with careers available in law enforcement, human services, research, medical, business, etc. We can literally do anything we want.

6. "I don't actually do feelings... it makes me uncomfortable."

A direct quote from one of my professors. Again, as stated in #6, not all of us are looking to be a counselor or therapist. Please don't unload all of your life history onto us with that assumption. It is so uncomfortable.

7. "I'm not capable of diagnosing you."

Just being a Psychology major means we definitely do not have the credentials to diagnose you... we'll leave that to the guys with doctorates.

8. "When I tell someone I am going to be in the clinical psych field, they always say 'Oh, so you're gonna deal drugs?'"

Yeah, we are just a bunch of pushers. Drug pushers. Actually, don't repeat that.

9. "We learned it's bad to marry your first cousin. Thanks, Darwin."

He of course had to test it out himself, first, just to be sure. Freud also had something to say about family matters (refer to #4).

10."People will literally ask me to tell them what they are thinking about in that moment like I am psychic."

We aren't mind-readers. Just stop.

11. "There's always that one non-psych friend in the group appalled at our conversations."

Serial killers fascinate us. A lot of sarcasm and inappropriate, dark jokes. Also, sex. Lot's of sex.

12. "I'm analyzing you, not judging you."

Well, maybe a little judgement sometimes. It's all with good intentions! Usually.

13. "It's true, we analyze everything. It's terrible. We can't turn it off."

Literally everything. We never stop thinking. Everything has meaning. It is a curse we often wish we didn't have.

14. "You know that assumption that all psychology majors are in the major to understand themselves? It's true."

We all have our shit. Some shit is worse than others, but that's just like everyone else. We are people, too.

Or are we?

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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