My college dream is psychology and theoretical physics... You?
I would love to go back to college for psychology. I really want my PhD. Everything about the human mind absolutely fascinates me.
I especially enjoy abnormal psychology... the fringes of society, ah, I get giddy just thinking about it. When I have spare time, I love researching psychology online in experience forums, psychology research journals that are published online, and many other sources. I have quite a few books on the topic also.
Psychopaths, sociopaths, dissociative identity disorder, autism, various -phobias and -philias.... it's mind blowing how different we all are, yet how alike at the same time. The human condition is wide and varied and it really does take all types to make the world go round.
I am also especially interested in hypnosis, and the works of Milton Erickson... AWESOME. There are all sorts of hypnosis I enjoy reading about, and once learned a few cool techniques from a practicing hypnotherapist who had been doing it for decades who taught me some really neat stuff and also put me under trance. One of my coolest experiences for sure. This guy was REALLY good. He once used hypnosis on a patient who was terrified of dentists and (if I remember correctly) was allergic to anesthetics, which I'd never heard of... Anyway. He hypnotised her all the way through a major dental procedure and she said she felt nothing at all. She didn't even need painkillers after, because he left post hypnotic suggestions that her tooth wouldn't hurt. He used a pretty interesting method... He told her under trance that her hand would feel ice cold, numb even... And actually put her hand in a bucket of ice she wasn't aware of. She thought she was just under really deep, but he was just reinforcing. He used that icy numb feeling in her mind on her mouth... and she went through the procedure just fine!
I love stage hypnosis and doing it (consensually) at parties for laughs and kicks, but hypnotherapy is amazing to me. The mind truly does have amazing power to cure, create, and heal all sorts of ailments that to many seem utterly unrelated.
I like the history of psychology too.. Jung, Freud... All the fathers. Anyway, in most states to be called a hypnoTHERAPIST you have to have a degree in a similar field, like psychology.
If I didn't go to school for psychology, I would want to go for theoretical physics. I wanted to be a theoretical physicist a whole lot when I was younger. I enjoy math and the Universe and the endless possibilities therein. I remember my first book on the topic I got in my early teens- Hyperspace by Michio Kaku, then on the Brian Greene, and then the love grew deeper and I delved into less layman, more complex theory. I love it. A lot. It's like the understanding of the deepest levels of the physical (and perhaps even spiritual) levels of our reality, or at least close to it.
Enough of my nerding out.
What about you? If you could go to college for anything, what would it be?