I'm passionate about the importance of multidisciplinary knowledge and education in general, but especially in my field of psychiatry.
Many professions have a narrow focus, partly out of necessity in today's highly specialized world. To be a leading expert, you may have to choose one single small area and devote years of work to it. But I believe that great wisdom and insight--as well as great enjoyment and meaning--can come from spending at least some of our time broadening our knowledge base, often into apparently distant realms. Many psychiatrists have not actually studied psychology--they have medical degrees preceded by a degree in biology. As result, we psychiatrists tend to miss out on the extremely interesting and highly relevant findings in fields such as social, cultural, and developmental psychology. As a result, I think many theories of psychotherapy become outdated (though the practioners wouldn't agree!) Combining other fields such as economics, history, physics, human kinetics, literary theory, theology, and food science with psychiatry can keep each area fresh, innovative, dynamic, and fun.
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