I am interested going into social psychology. I want to go through a PhD program and start practicing in this field. I have Bachelors in Psychology and now have the time and money from my previous career in real esate to pay for school and to live comftrably. I grew up in poverty in the south side of Chicago. It was in a high crime area where we did not sit by the living room window at night because of stray bullets from drive-bys. I thought my life would always be like this. I then started listening to Tony Robbins and reading Norman Vincent Peale. I turned my whole life around. I started to do better in school and got a job that helped my five brothers and sisters and mother move out of the area. This is while I was in high school. I then went to college and worked hard and the rest is the American Dream. Anyway I felt like giving back and helping other people. I did Big Brothers and went to schools talking about business but I want to do more. I like the philosphies that people like Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Peale, Tiny Robbins, Zig Ziglar and Dr. Kraus (http://www.realscienceofsuccess.com) teach. I escpically like Dr. Kraus because of his training, experience and methods. I thought about being a counseling psychologist but changed my mind. I would rather help some of these people before they needed that kind of help or as a complement to that type of help. Also I would rather work in larger groups, even though I wouldn't mind one-on-one. I want to be more like a Dr. Wayne Dyer or Dr. Peale by having seminars and writing books about success, how to turn your life around, how to end anxiety and depression (limited to certain circumstances) and basically improve your life. I want the academic training so I can learn more and have the proper credentials and possibly do limited research. I was wondering if anyone in this forum has had experience in this field I am looking at. I was also wondering the view of people like you on this type of field. Thanks!