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  1. @Belkis This adds a great deal of colour to your position and makes a lot of sense. A general audience may well be more impressed by an author that includes PhD after their name, although I admit I don’t know how much attention a general audience pays to academic pedigree outside of the Ivies. Personally, I tend to be skeptical of authors that do that, because it communicates an appeal to authority. Of course, I am not part of your target audience. The experts that write books I read don’t include their education after their names, but granted they’re not self-help. That genre may have a ‘credibility issue’ as you’ve already mentioned. I don’t think ‘selfless’ is the right way to conceptualize the approach for earning an PhD. Like I said earlier, it is a two-way investment. There is more to a lot of these tasks than cheap labour. Some is tradition, hazing, and life lessons. Those of us with life experience don’t always need them, but there is other value involved. Ultimately, it sounds like earning a PhD is marketing tool that will also enrich your personal knowledge. TL;DR: I think your best bet is to cultivate a relationship with an academic capable of supervising you in your area of interest. You’re bound to find someone who can support you in that way and won’t see you as future competition (as an author). Although I am only vaguely familiar with how publishing works, if you haven’t already thought of it, perhaps you could approach this initially by co-writing a book with an evo-psych as ‘consultant’, especially to build a close working relationship. You’d have to do a cost-benefit analysis. It might be a decent intermediate step and could be valuable for crystallizing your future goals.
  2. A PhD is a bidirectional investment. It shouldn't be seen as a ‘product’, but as a process. Poke, your response is an excellent summary.
  3. I think your reaction could tell you a lot about yourself, if you care to develop the insight.
  4. If anything, I hope my response serves as a way for you to gauge how not to frame it. I could only evaluate what was presented to me. I certainly believe that you have plenty to offer, but it just wasn't presented here. I'm in my programme for a radically different reason than pretty much every other student, a reason that certainly goes against the grain of the mainstream. I'm also older than you are, by a smidge. I've gone about this the non-traditional way, too. It might serve you to cultivate a relationship with the academics you're interested in working with, because you might be surprised how a programme could be tailored to your needs and interests, but that's a different conversation than talking about how being self-funded releases you from programme obligations. If you're already considered an expert in your field, it's going to be a significant consideration for anyone willing to supervise you. I just think that waiting until programme acceptance to discuss this kind of thing seems like misrepresentation. While some people might feel like obscuring their intentions, a mature and honest person will work to find the right place for them with integrity.
  5. Wow, nice wall of text. You're assuming a great deal. I am asking a real question: What does the author bring to the table? It's not an unreasonable question considering a valuable spot is on the line. How do you know they write well? Have you read their work? You may be right, but unless you have, you're making assumptions. I'm basing everything on what I was able to read. You may think it's an uncharitable take, and that's fine. But it's not unwarranted. I don't have the luxury of viewing a completed application, just a couple of posts on a forum. It's not wrong to want one for elevated status, but it's probably not the most attractive quality in an applicant. I'm not full of anything: the author said "Maybe I'm just being silly and going through the process is not that bad." This indicates previous judgement regarding the process. I'm not making a decision, I'm reflecting what I see. I'm open to being wrong, but this certainly triggered you in the worst way. There are indeed different perspectives. I offered an honest one. Right or wrong, it's acceptable to do, even if you don't like it and feel compelled to react in such a hostile and immature way.
  6. If you are looking for greater independence, you may consider an institution that doesn't offer funding at all. You will sacrifice pedigree for independence, however. I'm reading a lot about what you want from a programme and how you'd like to be exempt from certain requirements, but I'm not seeing what you bring to the table. What will you contribute? I see you want the programme to give you authority and reputation but you want to maintain distance from it, not become part of it. When I read what you wrote, I get a sense that you feel you're "above" a lot of these things, due to your prior success and financial situation. Am I reading too much into it? From this information alone, you don't seem invested in the process enough to be worth accepting as a student. You're obviously more than capable of doing all the learning and work by yourself. The degree is just a way of elevating your status.
  7. Does she publish? Look at her publications and see if she has a quant person listed amongst the authors, ask her if you can consult with them for guidance. If she doesn't, there's got to be someone in the institution that consults with faculty on research methods and stats (in my programme, that's my supervisor). As this sounds like a common theme, you could even reach out to former students of hers who do work in research, see how they coped. Your supervisor can't be everything to you. You have to network and locate your own resources, while being mindful and respectful of academic politics.
  8. 'Goodness of fit' is more of a personality thing. Can't really prep for it, outside of a willingness to be honest and recognize that a program that initially looks ideal may in fact not be. Spend some time figuring out who you are, your values, life goals, what gives you meaning. Some applicants like to present a face they think makes them appear desirable, but insincerity and inauthenticity are not impossible to detect. Besides, you won't be able to keep up an act for five years, so you may as well get offers based on who you are rather than who programmes think you are. My personal research interests are quite abstract and unrelated to a specific demographic or discipline within the literature. I read around the subject frequently, delving into general philosophy, philosophy of science, and related disciplines such as neuroscience. This gave me new perspectives from which to analyze and conceptualize my interests. You have to read outside of psychology in order to develop the ability to synthesize and articulate your research questions. I think this was a good way to compensate for a lack of publications, posters, and lab work, because I demonstrated an ability to think for myself.
  9. As non-traditional student, I spent a lot of time working in the field at the Bachelor's level and did a great deal of independent reading. I could speak confidently to multiple interests and topics in the discipline. I have the most clinical experience in my cohort, including the few individuals with a clinical Masters. Completing research seems to be a matter of logistics. Programme acceptance is heavily based on goodness of fit, personally and academically. You don't have to walk the path well-trodden. You can fashion a new road and duck all the stones.
  10. Hey everyone, I hope you're all well during this really strange time. I'm interested comparing graduate school texts used in teaching research methods, specifically 'social science' texts versus life/physical science texts. You can DM or post here titles here. This is purely personal and not for any type of project, study, or publication. I like to study philosophy of science. Thanks.
  11. You might need to steer us to some kind of profile that outlines who you are and what this is for, undergrad, graduate, publication, etc, etc.
  12. I was accepted to a PhD programme without any formal research experience and a pretty good clinical background. I spent years reading and formulating my areas of interest that were directly relevant to what I experienced 'out in the trenches'. If you can clearly summarize and present your research interest and main questions along with describing your experience relevant to developing the research question, I think that can count for a lot. I've talked to many students with great undergraduate and graduate research experience but poor conceptualization or weak and vaguely defined research interests (I hear 'children with trauma' A LOT without any additional details). In my opinion, just working in a lab doesn't mean much if you haven't read and shaped your interest and thought process, but I'm sure you'll hear disagreement with that position. Can you find anyone to advise you through a lit review? Help you perform some basic statistical analyses on a public data set? If you figure out what you want to work on it's easier to push to create your own opportunities, which counts for a lot, because it shows the level of drive necessary to answer your own question and contribute to the field.
  13. One things that has changed is the level of direct scrutiny many professors seem to want over students now that we're virtual. It's exaggerated far beyond what you'd experience in a normal in-person class. There's an insistence on keeping webcams on, can't be seen to use phones/tablets while 'in class', can't be seen to be working on something other than the classwork, using a webcam recording service to record exams, plus new restrictions on exams: not being able to read questions to oneself out loud, can't look away from the screen, can't read through an entire exam prior to beginning, and can't move back and forth between questions. This isn't for every exam yet, considering we've only had one online exam so far, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was adopted as a 'standard'. It's just an additional level of stress that's really unnecessary right now.
  14. The financial impacts are very real and affect many of us. It's an additional stress that everyone could do without, certainly. Good luck with everything, hope it works out for the best.
  15. Thank you for your perspective. I'm also in my 40s, haha. I had taken online classes during undergrad, but they did not involve any live meetings using conferencing applications. They were essay, exam, and discussion board based. I only took those classes if they were only offered online (Medical Terminology, Essentials of Pharmacology) or an area of little interest to me (Principles of Management, Social Psych). I dislike talking on the phone as it is, let alone Skype. I also struggle with staring at the computer screen all day long. Personally, I wouldn't have signed up for a fully online programme, but hey, here we are. It won't be like this forever, it's just somewhat frustrating, especially doing exams with Lockdown/Respondus. It means having to reorganize my work area. The university is using Zoom and we have to continue our role-plays with simulated patients on it. There's just so much missing when you're not in the room with someone. Part of developing clinical intuition is the unconscious detection of NVC, etc, that gives you a feeling to explore. It's much easier to attend to the patient when face-to-face. I'm easily distracted at my desk, by my dogs barking, people in the house, workers outside, etc. The professors are learning to use this, and as some don't even lecture from slides and have their TAs do all their online work (some profs hate technology), it's quite an adjustment. Luckily, APA is being very flexible with accreditation during this time, as our programme was recently re-approved for the current maximum (10 years). I suppose what I'm trying to say is that I struggle to connect with a screen, being used to working face-to-face with people for some time. I'm complaining, I'm grumpy, I'm irritated. I'm sure we all are, to some degree. It's time to practice radical acceptance: accepting reality without condoning it. Stay safe and don't get 'rona, people.
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