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RE: I hope you see that I am not opposed to psychology.

Whether psychology is or isn't a science is an unending and complex argument. Also, psychology isn't a unitary field. When I am working as a psychotherapist, there is a lot more art than science involved in how I work with each patient, but there is underlying science about what types of treatment and what kind of therapeutic relationship is likely to be effective. On the other hand, if I am conducting research, science is at the fore in the choice of research methodology and measurement strategies.

One of the most clearly "scientific" aspects of psychology is the use of statistics to identify the psychometric properties of psychological tests. Aside from the question of whether the Myers-Briggs polarities are taxonomic (I vs. E, P vs. J, etc.), the psychometric characteristics of the MB itself are poor. That is evident because research shows that the "types" aren't reliable (i.e., people's types are not temporally stable) or valid (they don't predict real world behavior).

You can argue about how well-designed these studies are, but you can't argue with the hard, cold numbers in their results--that's where the science of psychology is precise.

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  • RE: I hope you see that I am not opposed to psychology. - pbarach 04:38:14 07/15/17 (0)


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