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Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Because psychology is such a broad field, various personal attributes apply to different psychology positions. Those involved in research, for example, should be analytical, detail oriented, and have strong math and writing skills. Those working with patients should be "people persons," able to relate to others, and have excellent listening skills. They must have a desire to help people understand themselves and others. No matter what their area of focus, however, all psychologists should be committed to lifelong learning since our understanding of humans is constantly evolving. A basic curiosity is required as well as a fascination with the way the human mind works.

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