The more I learn about the world, the more convinced I become I don’t know jack. I decided I needed to know more about cool shit like black holes and the universe. I bought Stephen Hawking’s, “A Brief History of Time.” Hawking does an excellent job creating a dumbed down explanation of the universe, but I learned so many new things that I unwittingly ended up having five times as many new questions than before I bought the book! Like, why can’t light escape a black hole? It’s LIGHT, for hell’s sake!
My profession is the same way. Prior to my professional and educational experience, I figured I give good advice so I’d make a good therapist. I have since learned that to effectively help somebody, you must take ecology, biology, psychology, society, cultural influence, thinking patterns, past trauma, strengths, weaknesses, intelligence, learning styles, thought patterns, verbal communication style, non-verbal communication, resistance to treatment, legal history, drug and alcohol history, developmental level, gender, ethnicity, etc. in to account. Also, you must simultaneously be empathic, compassionate, self-aware, charismatic, believable, logical, and intuitive all while having their best interests in mind. I love my job, but I’m fully aware I have just scratched the surface.
For the record, the universe and psychology are definitely heady matters, but don’t even get me started on the wonders of jiu jitsu.