Why it’s Awesome: You’re patient, compassionate, and kind, making you the go-to person for advice or a shoulder to cry on. In fact, your friends have probably told you what an amazing listener you are. Because of your knack for having meaningful conversations, developing close, deep friendships comes naturally to you.
Potential Pitfall: Therapists often listen more than they talk, so make sure you take the time to share. Otherwise, your friends might not get to know you as well as you know them.
Self-Care Secret: You might find yourself putting others’ needs above your own, so remember it’s OK if you need someone to listen to you too. “It might be very hard for you to ask for help if you’re always the one providing help,” says Bonior. But everyone needs someone to talk to now and then.
Beyond Your Bonds: Therapists have empathy coming out of their ears, which makes you particularly well-suited for a career supporting those in need—maybe even as an actual therapist! “You’re someone who wants to make the world a better place by helping others,” says Bonior.