Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Anonymous said: do you think I can complete a Psy.D for clinical psychology in 5-6 years if I'm in school for all 3 semesters without taking time off?

i don’t know, i’m not in college/uni yet and i don’t know much about schools, but from my vague understanding i think it’s possible. my other more informed followers might be able to help you out

Saturday, April 12, 2014

People who say ADHD is just an excuse for bad parenting

Friday, March 21, 2014

Hey, I just started this blog to chronicle my journey from child to mind-wizard. If I may be so bold, I’d like to suggest that there is some overlap in the groups of people that would want to follow us. Is it possible for me to get a shout-out?
(Also, I’m the guy that’s submitted to you like 3 times.)

— mypsychdegree
hey followers! i’d love for you to check out and follow this blog !
Friday, February 14, 2014

Hi. I’m the one that posted about the argument I had about whether or not psychology is pseudoscience a while back.
I have a friend who, unfortunately, trusts a lot of sources on information for psychology things. He usually sends them to me. My immediate response is to tell him why that study was invalid, or at least why the conclusion his source is drawing from said study is invalid.
I could probably explain the argument in full, but I think the main message I want to get across is this: unless you know the jargon and read the study yourself, or got the info from a professor or textbook, don’t believe pretty much anything you read about psychology on the Internet at face value. Do some fact/source checking. Did a pHd in psych talk about it in a TED talk? You’re probably good. No? Don’t believe it.
Also, tattoo the words “Correlation does not equal causation” into the back of the eyelids of the incorrect person, so that they don’t forget. (Don’t actually do that, please.)
Anyway, it is people misinterpreting data that has led to the entire idea of psychology as a pseudoscience. Do your homework, kids.

— iampassionateaboutstupidthings

Hello again! You always send this blog such great messages! Thank you, and you make several excellent points in this message

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Anonymous said: Hey, is there any way we can talk privately? Maybe I can give you my email? I need help. No, not I'm not asking you to help me because I have mental problem or what. Its something bigger and I think you opinion will help. Please.

Well my personal is timeywimey27, I don’t really use my email. We can talk personally on that blog.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Hella big submission

I’ve submitted here before, and now I have more to say.
First, know I’m a sophmore in college, and I am a psychology major.
I just got into an argument, and I think I I need to share.
One of my friends accused Psychology of being both a Soft-Science and a Pseudoscience.

These are different accusations and I will debunk them separately.
Seeing as he was being dismissive of not only my field of interest, but of one of the things I am passionate about, I was rightfully angry.
He claimed first that it was pseudoscience. I dismissed this, saying that it used the scientific method and got results that were just as objective as in any other science.

To dismiss being called a soft science, I said that it not only used the scientific method, but due to the nature of the human mind, has given itself stricter rules to account for the variability in person to person. I took an entire class dealing with the math you do to the statistics to account for variability.
I concluded by saying that you do NOT have the right to your own truths. Objective facts are objective facts and they are the same for, and apply equally to, everyone.

You cannot argue that HCl and NaOH, when mixed, will not make water and NaCl (table salt). It is tried and tested. It is an objective fact.
Likewise, psychology has objective facts. The reason people accuse it of being a soft science is because, unlike in chemistry or biology, the results we get aren’t directly tangible. They are still objective and proven.
Hell, psychologists have even begun shying away from using only college-age psych students as test subjects, which has been limiting to who the results actually apply to.

Thus, his argument degraded to “it’s a soft science because it is.”
This is a problem the field of Psychology will continue to experience for years, likely because of the intangible nature of the results.
For those who may be disheartened by claims like this, don’t worry. Don’t let yourself be turned away from what you want to do because someone has an opinion that is, in every way, false.

— iampassionateaboutstupidthings
This submission is really neat! I love the argument you presented!
Thursday, August 29, 2013

"Do you like doing all that work?"

Sunday, August 11, 2013

hkifgjf said: I was reading an article recently in the Herald Sun that said that new research has found that you really can die of a broken heart. What's your opinion on this? (I realise you're not a professional, I'm just curious)

Well, that’s interesting and I (shame) haven’t actually read much into that research. But maybe the stress of someone you love dying or leaving might put a strain on a person’s heart. It does sound extremely interesting though. 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

basiab said: I've a question. In your opinion is it possible that someone can "cure" himself from depression?

Disclaimer: I am not a medical profession. Well, I suppose it is possible, but it all depends on the circumstances. I imagine they could but it really is different for every person. Medications aren’t always necessary, but it just depends on the person. 

Mental illnesses and stigma

Hi! I wanted to send a a submission. It often seem to me that many people somehow think that having a mental illness is something shameful. It is like it  is more acceptable getting medication for a physical illness than have medication for depression, schizophrenia, anxiety or any other mental illness, when it really should be regarded as the same. When I learned about abnormal psychology it was said that it felt stigmatizing for patients to have a psychological diagnosis, because many people have so many prejudices around it. I think it would be great if you made something about this, because I think it is important to change some of the view many people have on abnormal psychology 

Lovely submission from amlibrorum!