Argentina fact of the day

Argentina had 145 psychologists per 100,000 residents in a 2008 study
by researchers Modesto Alonso and Paula Gago. That's far more than
second-place Denmark, with 85, or ninth-place U.S. with 31, in a 2005
study by the World Health Organization.

The article is here and I thank Daniel Lippman for the pointer.


I lived in Buenos Aires for a while, and it was unbelievable how many people were in therapy or were psychologists themselves. There is even a part of palermo near plaza italia--i can't remember the name, though--that was really famous for being full of psychoanalysts and they called it palermo vienna or something like that.

At the same time, I wouldn't say that their definition of psychologist is as narrow as ours. I think some people who have four year degrees or masters degrees in psychology call themselves psychologists and practice some form of counseling. I don't know if the statistic accounted for this. I sort of doubt, though, that 145 per 100,000 argentines are practicing psychology as we normally think of it here in the states, with 11 years of schooling and high expenses. I also believe psychoanalysis is more prevalent than the schools practiced here.

If Maradona was my team's soccer coach, Id be visiting the shrink too!

All comments assume that there is a high demand for psychologists. But Tyler should know about supply and demand. Have you ever thought what happens when the private cost of producing something is very low? Do you know how low is the private cost of getting a professional degree in Argentina? Do you know why there are so many lawyers, engineers and physicians in relation to the population? Do you know when psychology became a popular career (if you read the original paper by Alonso and Gago you can learn that the number of students is quite high and most are at state universities which don't charge tuition and some still subsidize meals)? Do you know why people stop studying some careers like physics, chemistry, math?

Oft-quoted statistics have the rate of eating disorders in Argentina significantly surpassing the US.

Maybe that's why Roissy's friend, Roosh, finds Argentinian women so neurotic.

I have known a fair amount of Argentinians, and they do seem to be living in a different reality (To be fair this is more prevalent in "PorteƱos", than in people from the provinces).

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