If you ever get in a position where you have the ability to subscribe drugs, you need to challenge yourself and really train being able to hold back whenever it's right. Being kind has its downsides. There are probably others, but I don't see why you wouldn't be a good doctor. If you get to work with people who frequently die, a morbid sense of humor is a good thing, as is being able to relieve stress, but that goes for just about any job.
:3 My biology teacher wanted me to be a surgeon because I was good at cutting things apart without making too much of a mess, but then I realized I was too cool for school and joined the military, only to become a medic. XD
I was in a similar situation a few yeas ago when I had to chose what course I was going to take at university. I suggest you maybe go with something that you wont lose interest in or something that would motivate you so that you wouldn't get bored of the job.
When I was deciding what career to do, I decided on doing a healthcare type job because it motivates me more when I can help people. I then narrowed it down to physiotherapy because it sounded like an area which I wouldn't get bored doing (although I'd maybe put more thought in it than I did, I was running out of time to apply :tongue. To be honest, I didn't really like the course that much until I started doing practice placements and helping people, then I started to really enjoy it. I guess what I'm trying to say with this example is that sometimes it's hard to know if you'll have passion for the job until you actually start working in it, so sometimes it's good to try a job which you know you'll be motivated to do.
About INFPs being doctors, I guess it depends on the area and on you as a person. I've noticed that doctors need to be able to turn their emotions on and off when they need too, which could be difficult for some people. Doctors do need to be empathic though, which is something that INFPs are good at, but I think you'd need to look more into the different areas that doctors work in to know if you'd like it/be good at it.
I think a good idea would be to try and organise a day following someone who works in the jobs you've thought about, that way you get an idea of what they do, and if you'd be good at it and if you'd enjoy it. roud: (I actually did this with radiology for a few days and it helped me a lot with understanding the job and what they do)
great insight Kokoro,
the part about needing to work in something before knowing if it's your passion is the major crisis of the whole thing! It's a catch 22! Depending on what it is, it's not easy to reverse course if it's the wrong thing you know? I know the "P" part of our personality type is what gives us analysis paralysis which is what i've been in for years. I talk myself into and out of careers sometimes within minutes at a time. Due dilligence for me is like a joke. There are very few decisions in this world that I will have made that didn't involve every detail and factor being considered before hand.
Kokoro, can you tell me about your experience with the radiologist? I'd love to know what it was like if you don't mind. As far as turning on/off my emotions , i'm not great at that. I'm a mood swinger and angstful, but I always direct it towards interpersonal relations (friends, family and self) and never the public if that makes sense. Like I would never allow my emotions to come out in a way that I would be rude or inconsiderate of a patient for example, but I might end up having a breakdown that night with a friend or something the same night. lol
that's ironic, shorttail! Is your time there over or are you still amidst your being a medic? Did/are you enjoying that and what do you do now? I would prefer not to work with people who frequently die, however I have a very dark, morbid cynical humor none the less.. In fact when I was hospitalized two years ago and thought I would be dead soon I was still laughing in between crying sessions :crazy:.
Neuro radiology seems cool because you'd get to look at brain scans all the time and be there in the future when we find out all the problems behind depression/anxiety etc. and the biological causes behind and hopefully how to fix them!
For a time I thought about going into alternative medicine. I spent time volunteering in a local emergency room and taking courses towards that end (e.g. human anatomy and physiology). I found the volunteer work interesting, but I don't think I could take the stress of having so much responsibility. You have lives in your hands and the power to prescribe medication, and heaven help you if you mess up. I can't imagine doing this as an intern working 24 hours straight. I'm academically bright, but the pressure would cause me to make mistakes.
BTW I eventually wound up transferring credits to a four-year college and starting as a biology major with a concentration on ecology. Then, sadly, dropping out when I had kids. I do have bachelors and masters degrees in the humanities, though.
Advice to OP: see if you can volunteer in a hospital. Make your decision based on something real. Becoming a doctor is a big decision. BTW if you are interested in a paraprofessional degree, think of becoming a physician's assistant. It still pays well, you can still specialize, but it doesn't take as long to get through school.
paraprofessionals I find admirable and logistically make a lot of sense for a lot of reasons. My issues with areas like physician assistant would be feeling caught in the middle of the chain of power. I have issues with authority and I would always have a nagging feeling that I didn't reach the top, but stopped at the middle of the mountain..if that makese sense.
I guess what I'm saying is that my values include a desire for a sense of recognition or high perceived value among others. That I fought my way to the "top" and survived. I guess i'm crazy. I would like to go check out allergists, radiologists and dermatologists doing their day to day routine and see if that's something I could live with.
It's amazing that as much of an idealist I am, the world and reality we live in today is breaking me. I crave/need security and stability. I have anxiety that worsens when I don't have these things. Pursuing things that I consider "passions" more realistically "greater interests than others" would be acting, singing, dancing...being on GLEE! I don't think those idealistic fantasies are safe gambles for stability I want though.
At least as a doc, I'd be a healer in some fashion...and I've always been that, I just know I no longer want to heal in the form of mental/psychotherapy. can't handle it. nope.
I'm curious why you don't want to go into psychotherapy (BTW I'm not judging this...I don't think I could do that profession either).
Shadowing some doctors working in the fields that interest you sounds like a good plan. You also might try doing some informational interviews. Volunteering--if there are such opportunities for docs in the fields you want--also will tell you a lot about these jobs that you will never get from a book.
I used to be really competitive when I was younger, though I have never been very interested in having power. I have dabbled in political activism, and these to me are tools only to achieve my activist goals.
As an INFP and a doctor, I don't see any reason why both aren't compatible. I'm a junior doctor at the moment so I don't have to specialise for a few years still. I've not been one of those who have known what area I want to go into since I stepped into university. So its a good job we have a couple of years working our way through certain specialities.
The only thing I would say to someone thinking about medicine is ask yourself is this something you REALLY want to do. It's not just a career, its a lifestyle choice. I enjoyed university immensely but the reality of actually being a doctor isn't always as fun. But whose job really is always enjoyable? It's a lot of hard work and the rewards are as great as some may think. Its hard to describe the drawbacks of medicine unless you're in the prefession and have been through it all. Certainly only my medic friends really understand me when I'm moaning to them about a difficult days work. Although it sounds as if I hate my job, I don't. I think being at the bottom of any career sucks a bit, we all have to work our way up! Hope that helps a bit!