Says founder of We All Wear It Differently, Amy Felman, "I’ve found that speaking with, listening to and reading about other psychologists has really helped me to stay focussed and motivated to work towards developing a career in psychology I’m passionate about. It has also opened my eyes to the incredible diversity the psychology profession has to offer. Basically, this is the stuff that my colleagues and I wish we’d known earlier in our careers."
Specifically, Amy set out to inspire early career psychologists to:
- Discover lesser-known fields of psychology
- Gain insight into specialty areas
- Be motivated and inspired by hearing the stories of other psychologists – including their highs and lows
- Learn about the specific challenges of different fields and how to overcome them
- Learn about the rewards of working in particular fields
- Discover how you can combine different streams of psychology in your career
- Get advice about how to develop your confidence early on
- Get ideas on books to read and other resources
- Get self-care advice
We All Wear It Differently does all that and more. To date, Amy has combined her careers in radio and psychology to conduct almost 50 of the most thought provoking, human interviews you could ever hope to hear.
In August this year, a fellow psychologist, Sheridan Meulblok from Sophrosyne Psychology introduced Amy and I. Before I knew it, Amy and I were over an hour into our interview - a new thing for me!
Amy sent me a list of questions to help me prepare and she'd certainly done her homework on me. The nerves almost got the better of me in the days leading up to the recording of our interview, afterall, we psychologists are accumstomed to asking the questions, not answering them!
Only a few moments in however, I felt like I was talking to my best friend - in fact, I'm pretty sure I suggested to Amy that we should be best friends! Her openness and warmth and genuine interest put me immediately at ease. In fact, I'm afraid I might've been too comfortable! Not only that, but I found the entire process therapeutic and much more emotional than I'd anticipated. I've had friends who've known me my entire life comment that they learnt new things about me after hearing the interview.
So if you're at all interested in hearing about how I got into psychology in the first place while living in Spain, or how I juggled work and breast cancer treatment, then follow this link to my We All Wear It Differently podcast titled When the Professional Becomes Personal.
Warning: You'll need a good hour up your sleeve as Amy couldn't shut me up once I got started...
I'm excited to announce that Amy has agreed to repay the favour and will be featured in an up-coming Conversation on the Couch! I can't wait to post her interview.
Photo Courtesty of We All Wear It Differently
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Until next time, Jodie x.