so, about psychology…. i mean, seriously? what a scam. people eat that shit up. and so the profits are made. that is what psychology is all about.
the well-funded psychological research is focused on the biological factors that influence behavior, not the environmental factors. How fucking arrogant…
They are willing to throw down tons of money to search for a way to blame evolution for all of the psychological disorders that plague mankind today because the environmental factors (which are obviously causing these psychological disorders) would eliminate the chance to make a profit from the treatments. So they spend money to make money. They research and develop a new treatment (i.e. a pill) to mask the symptoms of the psychological disorder and thus, profits are made. If they were to research the environmental factors influencing behavior, a pill would not be an effective treatment, but most importantly, a pill would not be a profitable treatment.
so forget about our flaws. society, don’t you worry one bit. we can keep fucking up. we can keep fucking ourselves up, and the future generations can be fucked up as well. there is money to be made here. keep the prescriptions going, we do not need to solve the problem. people will pay us to make them feel like we solved the problem, but time will show you that the future generations will be just as fucked up as all of you, if not more.
In my psychology class, which I was unfortunately required to take, the teacher (Jason Dias, PsyD) admitted this to me, which I thought must have disappointed many of the students in that class, because most of the students had expressed their desire to major in psychology for the purpose of helping people (my major is business). Here is how our exchange went word-for-word:
Teacher: “Hi, Jessica. You said, “Another question to ask about the influence nature and nurture have on our behavior is how do nature and nurture influence our behavior.” Yes, I’d say the argument has evolved from “whether” to “how,” just as you suggest here. But, in secret, disguised as other issues, in fact the debate does rage on. Biological explanations are winning. Depth approaches to psychology are losing. Applied research means research with an aim to accomplishing some task or fixing some problem. A compression rate of 100 beats per minute is ideal for CPR, for example. At the level of basic research, there is essentially nobody contending that development is all nature or all nurture. But at the level of applied research, we are unduly interested in the biology of behavior at the expense of the nurturing things we can do to help people.”
Me: “You said, “At the level of basic research, there is essentially nobody contending that development is all nature or all nurture. But at the level of applied research, we are unduly interested in the biology of behavior at the expense of the nurturing things we can do to help people.” Does that mean that, at the level of applied research, the assumption is that biological factors are creating the problems that research aims to fix?”
Teacher: “Hi, Jessica. You said, “Does that mean that, at the level of applied research, the assumption is that biological factors are creating the problems that research aims to fix?” Yes, exactly. The debate is secret because it is in the assumptions. We aren’t talking any more about whether biological or environmental factors create depression. We assume they are. Research is aimed at finding the best medical intervention (i.e., pill) rather than the best treatment. Small groups protest these assumptions but in general are not as ruthless or as well funded as those in the position to carry out the research. Psychotherapists are not a well-funded, politically empowered group, for example. Therapy has a lot going for it as an intervention but is no longer really part of the conversation any more.”
Me: “The best medical intervention (i.e., pill) does not always solve the problem. For example, if a friend takes pills for depression, without the pills he would still be depressed. It just seems rather arrogant to assume that biological factors are to blame when it could very well be an error on our part. Is it possible that the way we go about things causes the problems? How is the best medical intervention a solution to the problem if generations of people continue to have the problem? If the way we function as a society is causing the problems, is it just seen as too large of a problem to bother with more research?”
Teacher: “Hi, Jessica. You said, “If the way we function as a society is causing the problems, is it just seen as too large of a problem to bother with more research?” I can answer that in a single word: profits. There are simply no profits to be made in addressing social issues.”
Isn’t it awesome how much progress we are making?! Oh, that’s right…we aren’t making any…