Psychology as a discipline has been around for thousands of years, with some form of it being found in numerous ancient civilizations. However, as it has become more common for people to seek psychological help in recent years, the validity of science as a discipline has been questioned. Professionals in the field of science have debated it for years; is psychology a legitimate science, or is it a farce?
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Psychology is a science because there are established methodologies for deriving psychological knowledge.
Hard sciences use the scientific method to draw conclusions about the natural world. The scientific method involves observing, measuring, gathering data, testing hypotheses, experimenting, and developing theories. Psychology employs every facet of the scientific method, and must be considered a hard science.
Simply using the scientific method does not make psychology a science. Science observes concrete cause and effect processes which reveal truths about how the world works. Psychology relies on observing human behaviors which are unpredictable, yielding conclusions which are abstract at best.
[P1] Psychology is a science because it employs the scientific method.
Rejecting the premises
[Rejecting P1] Using the scientific method alone isn't enough to classify something as a science.