Alysianah, my level 45 Priest on Illidan, is getting pretty grumpy. While I was composing a different post for later on in the week to discuss my progress, it brought to mind the behaviors I see that tell me people don't understand their own role in a group, let alone mine. So let's clear up a few misconceptions about Priests...
TOP 10 LIES ABOUT PRIESTS
10. Should heal people in BGs because we aren't tired of doing that in instances/raids and only do PVP for an opportunity to heal strangers some more.
9. Should use mana to heal random players that they encounter who are on the brink of death, because an expressed form of gratitude from said healed-player, will certainly be forthcoming.
8. Should buff passers-by because people are courteous and always say, "Thanks!"
7. Should waste mana replenishing the health of a Warlock who has just "tapped" it all for mana just before the pull.
6. Has enough mana to sustain a pull immediately after resurrecting and re-buffing multiple players.
5. Should forgo taking the time to get their loot because the group wants to race on to the next mob, even though the tank and Priest are the last to stop fighting (in the priest's case healing) the last mob and aren't even AT the next one yet.
4. Should cast anything greater than Renew on casters who AOE without cause or in imprudent situations.
3. Should waste mana and possibly pull aggro themselves, repeatedly healing Warlocks and Mages who don't understand the phrase, "Control your freaking aggro!"
2. Can heal four different players simultaneously because everyone has decided to pull their own target instead of attacking the tank's target, and the three idiots having these delusions of grandeur are all in cloth.
And #1 lie about priests is ...
1. We actually give a rat's ass when stupid people die.