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My self-summary
I'm not really good at summarizing myself... This sounds like a job interview question. I am really hoping to try something new, better myself, and learn more about myself, which is a very important part of being a psychologist. Being genuine, authentic, and empathic are all things I am constantly working to improve on.
What I’m doing with my life
I recently got my Masters Degree in psychology. My goal is to become a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the next few years. I've also been really enjoying being a new uncle, and babysitting whenever I can.

I've recently gotten into hiking, although I did take a short break over the summer as it was far too hot. I like to golf and play tennis as often as possible. Although I wouldn't consider myself stellar in either sport - I still have a lot of fun.
I’m really good at
I would say that I am a very good listener. It is important in my future profession, so it is something I am always working on (my memory is another story however - I wish I could rewind my memories sometimes)

I also think I am pretty good at golf too. I've been playing since high school, and while it can be very frustrating at times, it's hard to describe the feeling of a perfect shot.

I feel I'm still getting better, but I do think that I am a pretty decent cook. I love trying new recipes, and using new techniques to make interesting food. I only recently started baking more, and I made my first cake a few months ago for my sister's birthday. I think it turned out really delicious for my first attempt! The only problem with liking cooking so much is that I always want to try new things, but I end up having to eat all of the mistakes!

I've been really into crosswords lately too. I still have to look up a few answers on the Saturday and Sunday puzzles, and I haven't graduated to ink yet, but I'm getting better.
The first things people usually notice about me
Probably my beard :-)> I see a lot of famous psychologists sporting the beard, so maybe I'm hoping it will lend me some credibility. I'm not too attached to it though; part of the reason I like it is that it is easy to maintain.

After getting to know me for a while, I would hope that people notice that I am a kind and caring person, and I'm always willing to help out a friend or family member in need.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
OK, where to begin? I couldn't possibly list all of my favorites here... So I guess I'll just give a few examples:

Books: I mostly read textbooks these days. Some of my favorite authors are Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and Max Barry.

Music: The Smashing Pumpkins, Muse, Rilo Kiley, Metric, Stars, A Perfect Circle, Nicole Atkins, Pearl Jam, Zero 7, Badly Drawn Boy, Daft Punk, Eva Cassidy, Metallica, The Smiths, Elizabeth & The Catapult, Guster, Chvrches, Haim, Keane.

I also like movie scores, classical, jazz, and electronica. Not really into country, hip-hop, or most "pop music". (Although I like to pretend that I have no hipster tendencies...)

Movies: Amelie, Waitress, What About Bob?, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Indiana Jones, Super Troopers, How To Train Your Dragon, 127 Hours, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim, Ace Ventura, anything by Fincher/Kubrick/Coen brothers/Tarantino/Miyazaki/Pixar

TV: The Daily Show and Colbert Report, Arrested Development, House, Veronica Mars, Buffy, The Wire, The League, Psych, Breaking Bad, Stargate, Seinfeld, Game of Thrones, American Horror Story, Suits, Hannibal, Cosmos, Person Of Interest, Food Network.

Food: I'll try anything once, and I really love all types of food, but if I had to pick my all time favorite, I would say lasagna. I WILL NOT EAT BLEU CHEESE THOUGH - THAT IS A DEAL BREAKER :)
Six things I could never do without
1. Breathing
2. Food
3. Water
4. Sleep
5. Sex
6. Homeostasis

Sorry, that's a psychology joke... (admittedly not a very good one)

1. My family (I really can't imagine my life without them)
2. The internet
3. Phone (it's an iPhone, but I'm not really a mac fanboy or anything... I was just happy to have a phone which was better than my Razr)
4. My car (it is Southern California...)
5. Xbox (I try to not let it interfere with my responsibilities though; plus it's how I stream Netflix)
6. Good food (sometimes a Lean Cuisine hits the spot when I'm in a rush, but trying something new and challenging always makes me happy)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The future. What I'm going to eat next. Excuses for why I can't work out. Psychology. How I can better help my clients. Movies. Did I finish my progress notes? Political points to use in discussions with my family. Who was that guy who was in that one thing with the space ship? You know, that one guy?
On a typical Friday night I am
Streaming Netflix, cooking, hanging with friends, visiting with my family, and going to sleep early-ish (I have work on Saturday morning!)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have an irrational fear of spiders. Yeah, that's a phobia. They made a movie about it in the 90's - a movie which I have never finished. (But seriously, who wouldn't be scared living in that town?)
You should message me if
You are a nice person who wants to hang out and get to know each other. If you're the type of person who can be honest and open with your communication. I really don't feel like wasting time with people who lie or play games anymore. Can't we all be mature adults here! Is that too much to ask? Haha, rant over.

Bonus points if you are a bit nerdy/geeky (or more), and like gaming!
The two of us