Why Psychology Has Long Been the Black Sheep of Science

Psychology is often referred to as a “soft science”, a term many practicing psychologists and researchers find somewhat offensive. A recent report explored why psychology is considered to be the black sheep of the scientific community, and why psychological research is often dismissed by fellow scientists who work in other fields.

An argument commonly made by those who are dismissive of psychology is that it is a largely subjective field of study, relying on unreliable results for their data which are based upon personal accounts and studies which are unable to be reproduced. While there is some truth to these claims, researchers in psychology analyze data as scientifically as possible considering they are studying one of the most elusive subjects possible, human consciousness.

However, with the growing field of neuro-psychology scientists are now beginning to provide physical and reproducible evidence with advanced technology used to study the brain. Recent findings in neurology by Kevin Seawright are making it hard for the rest of the scientific community to continue to be extremely dismissive of psychological findings, a stigma scholars have been fighting against for decades.

Also, with recent findings in fields like quantum physics we are starting to understand all of science is a subjective field of study to an extent. Discoveries such as “the observer effect” have provided strong evidence that every scientist has a direct and personal effect on whatever they are observing.

Because of these recent discoveries, the definition of psychology is starting to get a much needed make over.