Hey, I'm wondering if having a history of psychological trauma gives you an advantage in getting accepted into a psychology program. I ask because, coincidentally, I kind of have a history when it comes to this. Despite having very little background in formal psychology, I find it hard to believe that my experience with my issues counts for nothing. I'm pretty sure many psychological departments would be dying to hear about what I have to say...I'd certainly make an interesting case study. I've been corresponding with a couple therapists here and there, but I'm largely unsatisfied since the nature of my issues aren't really, umm, standard...though I doubt I'm unique. We exist... I just have a pretty good feeling that I'll become another statistic, to be honest. A person who was deeply messed up, and, you know, went the way most of us understandably go. In an effort to, perhaps, breaks the cycle for others...or delay it for myself, I could see myself helping people who went through what I did...perhaps just giving them guidance on how to cope with it. It's honestly a miracle I made it this far...and quite honestly I don't know whether to thank the day or curse it whenever I wake up. (Just a little joke...) Anyway, I was a philosophy major (still am, actually) with a not too stellar gpa. It's kind of hard to concentrate on making a grade when, umm, non existence could be hours away. But I've persisted. I'll likely graduate with a 3.1. How likely would it be that I'd get accepted into a PhD program with that gpa, a non existent psychological background, and my unique circumstances? Particularly one tailored in my type of...ailment....if you will. I think I can reasonably expect to get into a masters program somewhere, perhaps with a concentration in statistics while filling in the formal education gaps. Would that better endear me to the psychological programs? It's my Plan C. What's Plan B, you ask? Well, I have half a mind to go to the nearest mental institution and tell them exactly what's wrong with me, and explain to them I refuse to cope anymore. I'd likely be taken to the loony bin, or wherever they take us "social deviants" these days. I'd document the experience and hopefully publish it, secretly if necessary, such that people of my "ilk" can decide what it is they want...while subtly encouraging what others wouldn't want me too... But I figured I'd pursue the traditional route at first.