In my psychology class yesterday, we learned about the humanist perspective on personality. This perspective details, “…the ability to help people deal with life more successfully.” During class yesterday I really connected with the humanist perspective. One of my reasons is whenever I generally see someone in distress; I have this natural instinct to offer my assistance, even if they refuse it or say that they can manage. Some would say this viewpoint is primarily because of how I was raised, or the environment that I grew up in. To an extent that is true. You can determine for yourself whether to follow the instructions of others, rather than relying on your own intuition. We were presented with this scenario of our psychology teachers close friend: His friend went to school to become a supervisor and was making loads of money. However after several years as a supervisor he became sick of it, it wasn’t his true passion so he told his boss he was applying to be a counselor for his colleagues instead, which as luck would have it there was an opening for one in his building. After completing school he became a counselor and is helping his co-workers deal with their individual needs.
The reason I bring up this short story is that no matter what you are the final decision of who you want to be. If you really have a passion for something, by all means pursue it to the ends of the earth. That’s at least what a humanist would advise, your happiness in life is far greater that monetization. For me I started off wanting to become a physical therapist. After looking into it more, especially with the math and science requirements, I felt it was a bit too much for me to attain at this moment in time. I now am going to be an occupational therapist; my focus would be on veterans more specifically the issues with the VA, and their ever growing need for occupational therapists. This brings me to my degree; I’m getting a degree in social sciences so that I can better help my patients, though I’ve never served in battle, I’ll at least be better equipped to help them overcome their difficulties. Follow your heart, wherever it leads go and grab it with all of your might, and whatever you do don’t let go.