i have been thinking of getting some kind of career in psychology in the future but i was thinking is it possible for someone with autism to become a psychologist?
If you can get the required qualifications (GCSE>A Levels>BSc> Masters), followed by the relevant training and specialisation after that, then yes, it's possible. There may be elements you find harder than other people but it would very much depend on which area of psychology you wanted to go into.
It would be really useful to have a psychologist with that extra ingredient: inside knowledge of autism!
Because of discrimination, I have recently been forced to give up my career in science (I have 4 degrees in science, including a PhD) and I have been thinking about taking some new training in psychology.
I think that psychology would be a good career for someone on the spectrum because we are more capable of being objective and making well-reasoned decisions. I'm not sure that if I were to undertake such a career change I would not just be diagnosing everyone as being on the spectrum though lol.
I am really tired of reading papers and books about autism written from the neurotypical perspective, as if we are damaged or defective, when we have many advantages over neurotypicals as well. I would love to do research into the autistic mind as an evolutionary advancement, which I believe it is.
I don't know about talking to people, i.e. treating them for psychological issues, but that doesn't mean that it wouldn't be possible for someone on the spectrum to do that. I'm just more interested in research, given my scientific background.
I say go for it. There shouldn't be any reason you can't do whatever you put your mind to.
DragonCat16 said:Because of discrimination, I have recently been forced to give up my career in science (I have 4 degrees in science, including a PhD) and I have been thinking about taking some new training in psychology.
Whoah.., “because of discrimination”..... :( so sad