My favourite was when I was a very radical student in Bristol and attended lots of political meetings. We had a local trade unionist come and talk to us. I thought he was a most admirable person because he kept talking about his ideals.
Then I found out that's how you say "idea" in Brizzle
I once new of a person who posed as a doctor when meeting others...he explained that it opened doors for him in conversations where his opinions were taken more seriously. He tested this by not posing as a doctor, and posing as one. Turns out, the gatherings of people were more willing to accept, listen and believe him as a doctor (someone who's trusted, educated and believable) than a non-doctor. Note: He only did this for a short period of time for his thesis and hasn't done the posing since.
I have not encountered anyone who was pretending to be a doctor or psychiatrist, fortunately, but of course we've all heard stories of people who do just that, and obviously some people have had to deal with such dishonesty.
With that in mind, everyone needs to remember that there are licensing boards in every state for these professions. Before seeing any professional, simply contact the licensing board for that particular profession and check up on the supposed "professional" you wish to see. While you're checking up on whether or not their license is current (or if they've ever even had one), you can also check out if there have been any complaints against them.
You might be surprised what you find out (although I hope you won't be), but in this day and age it pays to be proactive about these sorts of things.
You're welcome. I think this is a very important subject. As someone who will be starting (three years worth of) internships/residency within the next year, and who is working very hard (and spending a LOT of money) to earn my license (in Mental Health Counseling), it upsets me that there are dishonest people out there who are willing to take advantage of peoples' suffering for power or money, or whatever their reasons. I take my duty to my future clients, my profession, and my future license very seriously and believe everyone should be armed with the knowledge they need to find well-trained, legally licensed professionals to help them.
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