So the MEDIA is asking Is Psychology REAL science?
- by Frank Thomas
This is a question posed by Alex Berezow, a microbiologist, in the LA Times this week.
Should it concern YOU if you have been thinking about talking to a Psychologist, counselor or therapist in Pine Bush NY?
Apparently scientists believe that psychology is made up a bunch of “non-scientists try to pretend they are scientists.”
What is his reasoning?
Notice what the LA Times article had to say:
“Why can we definitively say that? Because psychology often does not meet the five basic requirements for a field to be considered scientifically rigorous: clearly defined terminology, quantifiability, highly controlled experimental conditions, reproducibility and, finally, predictability and testability.”
He uses the example od happiness to make his point. “How exactly should “happiness” be defined?”
Psychologists and psychiatrists are not taking that sitting down.
In this article on scientific American the writer Ashutosh Jogalekar said:
“If you apply a narrow-minded definition of science then it might indeed be hard to call psychology a science. But what matters is whether it’s useful. And to me the field certainly seems to have its uses.”
Discovery magazine hosted this article by Neuroskeptic saying this is the WRONG question to ask.
He chimes back, ““Science” is a term which has evolved over time. It was once a synonym for “knowledge” and referred to any field of formal study.”
He goes on to say that science means to study something and then USE what works.
Psychology, therapy and counseling HELPS people.
It helps people right here in good old Pine Bush NY.
Does it ALWAYS work 100% of the time?
Notice this article 10 reasons why psychology may not work.
The author states “one reason a person does not improve may be the skills, knowledge and training limitations of the therapist.”
But even more importantly she offers that People with very high intelligence can be resistant to treatment.”
Why would they do that?
She continues in this interview, ”There could be many reasons but underlying them is often anxiety. ‘What will happen to me if I change?’ Fear, basically.”
Science says that an experiment once proved needs to be able to be reproduced over and over again.
Unfortunately, with a human emotion like FEAR or anxiety things aren’t so cut and dry like that, are they?
Notice finally what this freakanomics article reports on How Much Progress Have Psychology and Psychiatry Really Made?
It quotes Satoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist as saying, “I think the field of psychology began making important and cumulative progress when it ceased to be a social science, and became a natural science.”
In the end it comes down to this in my opinion.
Does it help people?
Does it improve their quality of life?
To me that is the best scientific accomplishment you can ask for.
here are some Videos that address the question Is psychology a science?
This is from a psychology students point of view.
Another interview on this question.
here is one mans spiritual perspective on this question.
Another panel discussion here from the University of Derbe:
Hope YOU enjoyed this!
The staff at Psychology Pinebush