My name is Anna Bleatington. I guess I’m what you could playfully call an “Aspiring Amateur Forensic Psychologist Wannabe”. I currently work as the Human Resources supervisor at a rather large financial services company here in Atlanta, Georgia.
I know what you’re probably thinking and yes, my current job is worlds away from forensic psychology. I developed a keen interest in psychology and actually even minored in it when I was in college, but ultimately opted for a business degree for the “security” of it.
I’ve often wondered how different my life would have been had I changed majors and pursued a career in psychology. Sadly, forensic psychology wasn’t nearly as popular of a choice back in those days, and my self-doubt got the better of me.
How I Got Here
I have always been fascinated by the shows I watch on TV about forensic psychologists and the roles they play in the criminal process. Staring down suspects in a silent battle of wills, sharing my expertise with the court, and helping criminals rehabilitate and re-enter society. I know the life of a real forensic psychologist is not as flashy as those on TV, but you can’t deny their roles and responsibilities are not only interesting, but make a huge impact on society.
Remember what I said about self-doubt? Well, since forensic psychologists have a broad spectrum of responsibilities, I always thought that it was imperative for forensic psychologist wannabes to be book smart, witty, a great judge of character, and of course, calm and collected even in the most stressful of situations. Back in college, I didn’t think I had all those qualities, which is why I took up business, instead.
Don’t get me wrong; I’ve had a great career path, but I would be lying if I said I never had regrets and “what ifs” through the years. Nowadays, forensic psychology is more of a hobby than anything else. I started this website to stay up-to-date with the forensic psychology scene and share what I know with my fellow “aspiring amateur forensic psychologist wannabes”.
And who knows; maybe I subconsciously started it so I would have an excuse to dig deeper into the subject without actually committing to a career change. I even apply my knowledge of psychology in the workplace. Sometimes, I just like to try and read the people at work. I’ll check their body language to see whether they’re lying or not, and evaluate their moods by the way they talk and move. It’s nothing compared to what a forensic psychologist does, but I always tell myself, I wouldn’t want to get rusty in case I do pursue it later in life.
Forensic psychology is an emerging science and I’m always so eager to read about the latest developments and studies. I am excited to see how it develops over the next several decades. I’ve encountered a number of psychology majors and developed certain skill sets thanks to my current occupation that might prove to be helpful if I ever did change careers. As an HR supervisor, I developed an ability to read people’s body language, and phrase words in certain ways to make it more appealing to the other person.
And this got me to thinking, what if I actually took the plunge? For several years now I have been toying with the idea of a career change, returning to school and finally earning my degree and credentials as a psychologist. Of course, I will never neglect this website if that happens. In fact, I’ll probably have more stories and information to share, this time from the inside.
I’m always eager to meet new people in the field so you can contact me here.