Discussion in 'Human Science' started by Asexperia, May 12, 2020.
What is Psychoanalysis ?
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Not every science can utilize math so readily.
It's a part of psychology as a whole.
You answered other, what?
Are you really interested or do you want a simple classification?
That list looks like a simple classification, and this is not a simple subject.
I'm interested in what category psychoanalysis fits.
Too bad. It doesn't.
I'm inclined to think that psychoanalysis is bullshit, by and large.
But one could probably make an argument for it being any one of your 1 through 5.
1. Freud evidently intended that it be science, and some people still consider it science today. It's ostensibly based on evidence, Freud's conclusions drawn from his various analyses, and the experiences of his followers with their own patients.
2. I'd probably be more comfortable calling it pseudoscience though. I don't think that most of mainstream psychology takes it very seriously. My reason for thinking that psychoanalysis is pseudoscience is that the link between the theories and the evidence upon which they supposedly rest is pretty vague and indistinct, unless a whole lot of imagination is employed.
3. Its greatest popularity today is among literary theorists. They find that psychoanalysis provides them with an interpretive framework from which to 'analyze' works of literature and society more generally.
4. Well sure. Hypotheses are what most of science is when you get down to it. Freud and his successors observed lots of things with the people that they were psychoanalyzing. And in the manner of a literary theorist, they interpreted that information in terms of their hypothetical mental structures and forces. Then in rather circular fashion, they took the fact that they had doe so as scientific evidence of the truth and suitability of their hypothetical interpretive framework.
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