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  • Susan Fletcher, Ph.D.

It’s Not All About The Sadness

People ask me if I ever get depressed because I do what I do for a living.

People ask me what it is like to hear people’s problems everyday.

You might have even wondered that yourself.

Boy do you have it wrong! My profession isn’t depressing at all.

I am thankful for the opportunity to witness the strength people find in themselves to do the most difficult things. It is truly a privilege to witness how far people can take themselves.

I didn’t grow up wanting to be a Psychologist. I’m not even sure I really knew what one was when I was a kid.

I thought I wanted to be a journalist. Then I got to the University of Florida and got interested in exercise physiology. I ended up earning a degree in Health & Human Performance. That has been a nice addition to my Master’s and Ph.D. in Psychology for sure.

Psychology is also about Health & Human Performance. Don’t you think?

It’s about mental health, emotional health, and behavioral health.

Which brings me to my thankfulness tip of the day:

Be thankful for your ability to influence your health emotionally, mentally, and behaviorally.

Ask yourself:

  • What inspires you to work to the best of your ability emotionally, intellectually and behaviorally?

  • Do you have the right influences in your life to keep you moving in a healthy direction?

  • Do you concentrate on your own mental health?

  • Are you paying attention to your emotions?

  • Behaviorally are you making the right choices for you?

  • Are you proactive or reactive?

My job as a Psychologist isn’t to give advice or “fix” you. It is to create an environment where you can work to the best of your ability emotionally, behaviorally, and intellectually.

Because I get to witness that in you, I am thankful.

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