You can have the degree you want, but that doesn’t mean you need to become a psychologist.
That’s the view of a new study published in the journal Psychological Science.
It found that those with a bachelor’s degree in psychology were more likely to be seen as normal or a role model, but those with more experience in clinical psychology were less likely to take that role.
The study was carried out by researchers at the University of Bristol, and was based on a survey of more than 5,000 adults.
Participants were asked to list their occupation, experience level, and whether they’d ever had a diagnosis of depression or anxiety.
Those who said they had had a mental health diagnosis were asked if they’d been prescribed antidepressants, and the same number of those with anxiety disorders were asked whether they were prescribed antidepressants.
The survey was then broken down by personality, with those with high levels of openness being the most likely to say they’d never been diagnosed with any mental illness.
In the study, those with no psychiatric history were more than twice as likely to have been prescribed psychotherapy.
But those with low levels of psychiatric history and anxiety were the least likely to see themselves as normal.
“In the current study, we wanted to investigate whether having an experience-based diagnosis of mental illness would have an effect on the perception of someone as a normal person,” Dr. Tom Mair, a researcher at Bristol University’s Psychology department, told New Scientist.
“We wanted to see if people who were more open and confident about their mental health were more susceptible to a perception of being a role-model.
We were interested in understanding how experiences related to personality, but also to the perception that people with mental health conditions have of themselves.”
Mair and his colleagues found that the more experienced the person was, the less likely they were to see their own mental health as normal, regardless of whether they had been diagnosed.
He explained: “There are two ways in which people with a degree of expertise in mental health can experience mental health difficulties.
The first is that they are able to have the experience of an experience, and they are more likely than others to perceive mental health problems to be normal.”
Dr. Peter Kellner, a clinical psychologist at University College London, who was not involved in the study said that having experience of mental health could be a sign that someone is “a good person”, and that it could be used to bolster people’s confidence in their abilities to handle life’s challenges.
“The problem is that when someone is more experienced in a field, they tend to be more comfortable with their abilities and their abilities are less likely that they’re going to need help,” Kellner said.
“When they are in the field, the idea of ‘I can do this’ is often reinforced, but the idea that you can’t do this, that you’re not going to be able to do that, that’s a big problem.”
Mair said that the findings were intriguing, and that the results could help researchers determine how to help people with psychological conditions.
“Our findings are a fascinating piece of work that has implications for the future of mental wellbeing and what role, if any, education or training should be offered to those with mental illnesses,” he said.
The Psychology Department at the university declined to comment.