Thursday, November 20, 2008

One of my not-so-favourite things

When people ask me what I do, I usually tell them I'm a psychologist. This isn't technically true yet but it's the easiest way to explain what I do.

My least favourite response is: Are you analyzing me right now?

What am I supposed to say to that? That's just awkward.

I have two requests, internet.
First - give me some funny one-liners I could respond with.
Second - write a comment about the most frequent/funny/annoying response when people learn your vocation or hobby.


Avey Christiansen said...

Sometimes when I tell people that I'm a photographer or went to school for photography, they ask if I work at sears. Tear. I'd rather be analyzing people. You should just answer 'yes'.

Jamie said...


arbyn said...

People ask me what I do and I say, "I work for a geology company."

Then people say, "Didn't you go to school for journalism?"

So I say, "Yes. But journalism doesn't appear on the TSX so people don't want to pay me to do that."

Maybe not funny, but true nonetheless.

Also true: Too many people write for free. Including me.

Q: Are you analyzing me right now?

A: What's there to analyze?

A: Yeah, and man, you're messed up.

A: Honey, for $40 I can do anything you want.

we are a family of six... said...

Q: So do you have a job?
A: Nope, I'm a Stay At Home Mom with two kids and another one on the way.
Q: (incredulously) Sooo...what do you do all day?

Heather M. said...

I totally think you should answer "yes and man, do you have issues!" or something like that.
I get the whole SAHM routine too - "must be nice to be at home all day and do whatever you want". Um, yah, that's what I do all freakin' day long!
Hope you are well. I think about you guys often!

Amisha said...

I'm a mechanical engineer.

Response 1: So what is it that you do?

Response 2: must be good at math.

Response 3: Oh, I took that in school!

Further conversation results in the discovery that by "that", the person means Engineering Technology. An Engineer would never refer to the 4+ years of school as "that".

Response 4: Engineers don't know anything.

Next time I hear that though, I think I'm going to tell the guy that they don't teach Engineering students how to do his job and if they did he would probably be unemployed. Rude? Yes. Necessary? I think so.

Celia said...

People always ask me if I'm still in nursing. I've never been in nursing.

When people just ask you that say: "Yeah, I've never heard that before."
Not super rude, but probably will make them shut up.

Paige said...

I empathize with your plight. I've tried changing my response to "counsellor" to see how that would go. It usually prompts people to ask if I work with children or at a camp. I've also tried therapist, to which you usually just get frightened silence. Maybe that should be the direction that you head in.

Ashley said...

I am a receptionnist and someone said once "Oh? really? I thought you went to college?" ouch.

Evelyn said...

Hey Jamie, you could ask them how that makes them feel and then proceed to take notes.

When I tell people I'm a dental assistant they respond one of two ways:
a) They say something along the lines of "wow you must really like teeth" and then tell me that dentists have a high suicide rate.
b) Become self concious about their teeth which makes me feel bad.

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