I Never Learned Anything About Psychology Essays

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Born in Egypt and living there till I was 11, I never learned anything about psychology, because Egyptians do not know what a psychologist is, and they rely mainly on psychiatrists. Nico, my childhood friend, built curiosity in me about the human mind and behaviour, the way people form societies and how societies affect people. The Egyptian society temporarily convinced me that only “crazy” people go to see a psychiatrist “to take drugs,” and if you are different from the society, you are “crazy.” However, this all changed when I moved to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates at the age of 12. When I moved to Abu Dhabi, I experienced culture shock for the first time: hearing people speak in different dialects and languages, practice different religions, eat different foods, and have different values. I had some challenges at the beginning adapting to the new culture and people, because most of the population was comprised of foreigners so I interacted with at least ten different nationalities every day. For 11 years, I studied subjects in two languages different than my mother tongue. This made me fluent in three languages, Arabic, French, and English. I strongly believe that my learning about various languages and diverse cultures have helped me see the world through multiple perspectives. Also, it taught me to adjust to distinctive situations and to be tolerant of and considerate towards diverse viewpoints. It also taught me that being different does not make you “crazy.” I…

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