I wonder how people would react to that answer?
In real life, I never volunteer what I do for a living. I only reveal that I'm a psychologist if someone asks, and I would really prefer that people not ask.
Plenty of people respond politely when they learn what I do, but clearly, some are unsettled by the answer to the question. And some become downright hostile. They denigrate psychotherapy, and generally behave as if it's their duty to make me understand that my life's work is worthless.
I have no interest in arguing with these people or changing their minds. Their minds won't be changed by any response I might offer.
A lawyer friend and several cops have told me that they sometimes encounter similarly unpleasant reactions to their vocation. One cop, a very decent middle-age man, said that he dreads the moment in a social situation when he senses that someone is about to ask him what he does for a living. It can be very unpleasant.
I had one of these unpleasant incidents occur last night. I had no interest in talking with the guy in the first place, but he was determined to educate me about the worthlessness of my profession.
This man was well-dressed, probably in his early sixties and pleasant-looking. He was a gregarious, expansive type--probably someone who would be described as having "charisma."
If I had to guess, I would say that he owns a successful business of some kind.
Charisma Man was with a pretty woman who was silent the entire time. She didn't want to reveal even a trace of what she was thinking or feeling, but it showed.
I imagine that, once upon a time, she found the man's manner charming.