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21 Things Every Psychology Student Has Experienced

Psychology has grown to become an incredibly popular subject, but with this popularity comes many consequences for the students who study it.

Being a Psychology student has its ups and downs, and the points below are just the tip of the Iceberg (see what I did there?). Here are a few things every Psychology student can expect to encounter:

1. Being asked “Can you tell what I’m thinking right now?” 

Sorry, I forgot studying Psychology made me psychic.

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2. You’re unable to hear a statistic on an advert without automatically questioning the sample size and methods used.

“9 Out of 10 women said their hair felt healthier after using this shampoo”

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3. Friends are constantly asking you what their dreams mean.

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4. Being looked down on by other students for having so much free time.

It’s necessary for research, okay?!

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5. When meeting someone, you can’t help but automatically analyse the relationship between them and their parents based on their character.

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6. You get agonisingly frustrated when someone says they have OCD because they like things tidy.

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7. You’ve had the “Is psychology a real science?” debate with people on too many occasions.

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8. Statistics and SPSS makes you hate life.

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9. You can remember an inhuman number of research experiments and the dates they were conducted.

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10. You constantly leave lectures in a state of panic, having diagnosed yourself with something.

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11. You’ve successfully practised reverse psychology on someone and felt like a boss afterwards.

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12. You’ve analysed doodles using psychoanalysis and been seriously amused/concerned by the results.

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13. You’ve completed reading an entire complex research paper and only managed to understand a few words.

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14. “So, are you going to be a therapist then?”

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15. Seeing a result of over 0.05 frustrates you more than you’d like to admit.

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16. You’ve irrationally wondered whether a mistake was actually made on purpose, on an unconscious level.

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17. You’ve tried to tell whether someone’s lying by looking at their eyes.

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18. …And you’ve tried to tell whether someone fancies you based on their body language.

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19. You cringe when people insist that they’re due to win something after a long losing streak.

Gamblers fallacy…

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 20. Being asked “Isn’t psychology just common sense?”

And replying with the most scientific answer you can think of to prove them wrong.

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21. Feeling really immature because you laugh when the anal and oral phases of Freud’s Psychosexual development come up in a lecture.

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All worth it.

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