Is psychology a pseudoscience

Psychology - The Terror of Chatter Science

We live in a society that psychologizes and psychopathologizes everything. But a lot of zeitgeist nonsense is sold under the guise of science

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Yes, there are, they, the noisemakers, the loud, the bully, the cell phone terrorists, combat cyclists, aggressive horns and lethargic, ignorant non-blinkers, thick-skinned parents and dog owners who can turn a restaurant into a mixture of daycare for difficult-to-educate children and dog kennels in no time at all transform. We've had it for a long time, the rowdy republic, which was made the main topic in an issue of Der Spiegel in 2011. But more and more annoying a group of society that has been growing steadily for years and that feels hyper-reflexively and constantly sensitive to everything, be it through cigarette smoke, perfume, children screaming, plain text, birds chirping or their spouse.

The workplace is of course hell on earth, not to mention burnout. They also constantly explain why something doesn't work when exactly. The reason, of course, is that it “doesn't do them any good”. Their own well-being is very important to them, that of others, well, you have to set priorities. Anyway, everything seems to revolve around subjective feeling and experience. The fact that “post-factual” was voted word of the year in 2016 was not a whim. How does it feel, do I feel good there, what does it do to me, do I really want that now? These are probably the maxims of the wellness era.

Constantly reflective and hypersensitive

It is certainly no coincidence that columnist and bestselling author Amelie Fried speaks of a “feel-good dictatorship”. With this opinion, however, she is clearly in an outsider position among psychologists and therapists. Because they continue to knit the fairy tales of burnout, mindfulness as a chance in life and depression as an inevitable tribute to the performance society in their advisory literature. Which brings us to the psychotherapeutic inventors of illnesses who first psychologize an entire society with a system and then psychopathologize it with increasingly ludicrous creations, such as a comprehensive school phobia. But this does not only work in one direction; the reverse is also true of zeitgeist aberrations on psychology.

Like postmodern philosophy, in which only subjective perspectives apply, or gender mainstreaming, in which the natural gender no longer exists, to name just the most important. These are already completely sufficient to remove normality bit by bit. What this will mean for a society cannot yet be precisely predicted. But one thing can already be said now: the result will definitely not please those who are constantly reflexive and hypersensitive.

No therapy is the best therapy

Because in a society in which everyone prepares their private reality and larger and larger groups can no longer talk to each other, it will become more and more annoying. But it doesn't stop at the purely annoying. In a figurative sense, it is really not an exaggeration to call it terror when, in a supposedly free society, partial perspectives are imposed on you, which not only do not stand up to critical scrutiny, but are also passed off as supposedly dominant opinions. One example is the constant shower of psychological support for victims of natural disasters, kidnappings, experiences of war, etc., although we know for sure that the vast majority of them can cope with it without psychological support. Investigations after the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001 showed that the victims' relatives were best able to cope with the loss who had NOT used any therapy.

Psychiatry is a branch of medicine, but goes far beyond it. No other area is so closely related to the zeitgeist and its aberrations. So many diseases and hypotheses were believed for years until they were then revised or described as simply wrong. An example is the sissy syndrome, in which particularly active and slightly underweight women were assumed to be depressed. If one disregards the significant mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, Alzheimer's and bipolar illnesses, many mental disorders fit like a key in the cultural lock.

Psycho-kitsch and fashion diagnoses

Who is to blame for psycho-kitsch and fashion diagnoses? Essentially psychoanalysis, postmodern philosophy and gender mainstreaming. Psychoanalysis borrows much from Greek mythology and much more from the autobiographical experiences of its inventor Sigmund Freud. What Freud dealt with neurotically should also take place in the same way with all of his fellow men - according to his teaching. Analytical theory is a tributary of magical thinking. With it everything can ultimately be psychopathologized. It can be compared to a conception developed by a group of primitive tribesmen who find a car with the engine running, discover a compelling link between stepping on the accelerator and driving forward, and under the hood that they cannot open postulate a large hamster in a wheel that acts as a drive. They cannot know anything about pistons and cylinders. Like Marxism, psychoanalysis became the ideological dinosaur of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Postmodern philosophy has said goodbye to empiricism and facts. Finally, gender mainstreaming means that there is no biological gender and that ultimately everything is a question of power relations and discourse. There are many genders, and everyone can choose one, completely detached from biology. According to the current gender ideology, there should be over 60 gender identities or social constructs. I once asked a professor of psychopharmacology what kind of stuff you actually have to use to come up with something like this. He's still brooding today ... There are now at least 173 gender professorships in the humanities at German universities and technical colleges, which are almost exclusively women. The resulting discussions are often data-free and characterized by blind spots.

Science or Chatter Science?

This also fits in with the ideological agitation associated with contradicting goals. Because how can the equality of men and women be reconciled with a special women's culture? What does this have to do with medicine? A lot. The money that goes into this pseudoscience is lacking in the sciences that deserve the name. So does medicine. Because the gender professorships are to be strictly separated from research in gender-specific medicine. Not only in heart attacks, but in more and more diseases it is discovered that gender-specific influences are of major importance for symptoms and treatment.

Working according to scientific criteria is a matter of course here. The opposite is the case with gender researchers in the humanities. Sentences like: "Natural sciences construct knowledge that contributes to the social system" or "The objectivity claim of science is a hidden male habitus" are cut out there. But that is not how it remains. Gender researchers are busy brooding and are demanding, for example, that photos of the deer rut should be removed from the advertising brochure for the Eifel National Park, as they promote stereotypical gender roles.

Gender-equitable traffic signs should also be designed, next to the traffic light man there should be a traffic light woman with a pigtail. This is being seriously discussed in Berlin's political scene. There was still a hint of composure about the reproduction of secondary sexual characteristics. One can amuse oneself about it. But the amusement ceases at the latest when money is spent on this humanistic nonsense. Be political, the American cardiologist Bernard Lown ("The lost art of healing. Instructions for rethinking") urged his students. He's right. Because only in this way can we determine in the long term where our money goes. Whether in the natural sciences or in chatter sciences.

helmut armbruster | Thu, March 21, 2019 - 9:48 am

Psychiatric treatment can only be useful in the case of really mentally ill patients who cannot help themselves on their own, such as in the case of schizophrenia.
But not for any events that can happen in a human life. Here the individual is quite able to deal with it.
Let me take my uncle as an example. After 2 years in an infantry company on the Eastern Front, he was taken prisoner by the Soviets, spent years in camps and had to do forced labor. Only in 1948 did he come back to D. Over 1.80 m tall, he weighed only 48 kg.
Two weeks after his return home, he was already working again, as if nothing had happened. No medical or psychological treatment!
He lived another 30 years, never complained and led a completely normal life, without any abnormalities.
If you have to, a lot is possible. And if you don't feel sorry for yourself, you can deal with a lot on your own.

Eberhard Keiper | Fri, March 22, 2019 - 5:44 pm

In reply to a little less wimp would be good by helmut armbruster

that's exactly how it is - the more talk about the "trauma", the more it becomes a legend and personal story, while otherwise it is simply forgotten ...

Helmut Bachmann | Fri, March 22, 2019 - 7:12 pm

In reply to less by Eberhard Keiper

We just pretend, right? Unfortunately wrong, trauma has nothing to do with "wimp" nor is it forgotten. That is the definition of trauma.

Gabriele Bondzio | Thu, March 21, 2019 - 9:50 am

Put the focus on "sold", Mr. Voss and you are exactly right. Of course, people should also be educated ... but in the direction that they buy or buy from.
Also correct is "What Freud processed neurotically, should also work out the same way in all of his fellow men - according to his teaching." Nothing against Freud!
But one can conclude from this that a "so-called expert" (who are currently popping up like mushrooms) is making generally valid theses. The best example is the inequality between men and women, to be eliminated in such a way that ultimately the man has to fight for his equality ... there is always something to do or to sell, isn't there!
That doesn't really amuse me.

Bettina Jung | Thu, March 21, 2019 - 9:57 am

It is telling how much these lunatics contradict each other. Braid is naaziii!
Overall, a great article. I realize that I now have an allergy to the ubiquitous "All good". Everything has to feel good in Snowflake Lalaland ...

Tomas Poth | Thu, March 21, 2019 - 12:39 pm

thank you for this term.
Unfortunately, the chatter scientists are strongly encouraged, because the red-green political biotope currently permeates everything.

Alexander Weber | Thu, March 21, 2019 - 12:57 pm

The fundamental rejection of psychoanalysis in psychiatry is as old as the discipline itself. The author exemplifies this unpopular attitude in his degrading and stereotypical manner for his profession. We have no problems with chatter sciences but with chatty scientists of all coullers. The natural sciences are by no means to be left out. They are also receptive to ideologies, if only because of the funding. In the past 99% of scientists believed that the aether explained the interaction of the particles, today 99% of scientists believe that humans have the greatest influence on global warming. It's funny when scientists suddenly rediscover faith for themselves, contrary to their work ethic. Hallelujah!

Petra Führmann | Thu, March 21, 2019 - 13:06

Equal rights, demand to be taken seriously, 50% in the Bundestag .... If you read all of this in such a condensed way, you have to be ashamed of being a woman. Why has it been going so badly with you for some time? And why are the Greens so popular? There I see such women (apparently there are no women) at home. Speaking of which: If there are neither women nor men, why is there such unspeakable gendering? Oh, I forgot, I should go away too, everything neutral instead. Should the boys do that, I exclude myself from it.
By the way: There are also serious psychologists, those are those who recognize and know connections, and provide appropriate food for thought and clarification. I do not condemn them in broad terms. But they are probably the exception.

Dorothee Sehrt-Irrek | Thu, March 21, 2019 - 1:39 pm

forth Art. 113
You don't seriously believe that with this article you could prevent me from "swimming in the forest"?
I am also in the heart society because I made use of its results, not because I had something close to my heart. Can still come. in any case, there is no blood pressure society. And even then, a healthy diet, weight loss and exercise etc. usually help.
What are YOUR problems with the fact that an increasingly enlightened and information-storing society could be extremely resourceful when it comes to their own health?
MONEY?
What do you think of convincing arguments?
You cannot seriously preach that people should not care about their own health, that they are looking for explanations for diseases that conventional medicine can diagnose better and better, but not cure better.
A little shock "these" for you personally:
Can antidepressants be dangerous because they cause "nerve hypertension"?
To die more beautifully?

Jürgen Keil | Thu, March 21, 2019 - 14:43

In my youth, such constantly reflective and hypersensitive people were described as exaggerated and aloof. Less refined fellow citizens have their findings with: "They said you at the waffle". Everyone can stretch themselves to the point of overvoltage; Plead for every animal, but when these people begin to proselytize and impose their vegan, gender-swirling yoga lifestyle on us normal, value-creating citizens, then the fun stops for me!

Bernd Muhlack | Thu, March 21, 2019 - 2:59 pm

An ole "Hard but Fair" episode immediately occurred to me about the article: gender fuss. The guests from 07.09.2015: Sybille Mattfeldt-Kloth (Deputy Chairwoman of the Lower Saxony State Women's Council), the blogger Anne Wizorek, the Green parliamentary group leader Anton Hofreiter, the actress Sophia Thomalla, the FDP deputy leader Wolfgang Kubicki and the author Birgit Kelle.
OK, Mrs. Thomalla is not the brightest candle on the cake, but it was really great; & she sat between Hofreiter and Kubicki !!!
Those affected by the profession and all-rounders were already over the moon after what felt like 10 seconds, gasping and the like. I've seldom laughed like that!
"There is clear research that ..."; just a sympathetic grin on the part of Thomalla and Kubicki!

OK, anyone as they want, as long as they don't annoy others. A somewhat esoteric acquaintance of mine was recently doing "wigwam sweating"; whether Winnetou was there too?
I strongly recommend Mr. Voss' book! A must-have!

Ernst-Günther Konrad | Thu, March 21, 2019 - 3:01 pm

Thank you Mr. Voss. I agree with you 100%. If you look at the media landscape, you will find self-proclaimed experts everywhere. Medicines and therapies are invented, all you need is one disease. Why is it that these pseudosciences are so trendy at the moment? It is due to a lack of upbringing in the parental home, to emphatic parents who raise children in the family group, who help their children to "grow up" through pragmatic solutions. Parents who let children be children, who don't get everything out of their way, who don't have an explanation for everything, but who still care about them, let them make mistakes and show them consistency. The father who teaches the boy handicrafts, the mother who teaches the daughter sewing, cooking etc. Oops, old role cliché. Today everyone should be able to do everything, know and do, we should all be the same. Society forgets common sense. Why? There's a doctor and a pill for it.

Helmut Bachmann | Thu, March 21, 2019 - 4:24 pm

nobody look at the Cicero? Where is the quality control? What a crude article that pretends to know about everything and yet only presents the private theory of a guidebook author with a pseudo-conservative edge. In terms of content, an intellectual general store that addresses everything and confuses everything. As a seller, you don't have to have a clue, it's enough to pretend.Do good doctors have time to write books? I do not think so.

Karl Müller | Fri, March 22, 2019 - 6:26 pm

In reply to Knows each other by Helmut Bachmann

are allowed to hold back. Scientific work does not have to please you, it has to meet the appropriate quality criteria. Then you can discuss the methodology, content and result.
Gender inconsistencies and other mental disorders usually do not meet any of these criteria, no science, but dogmatic nonsense with the expectation of salvation.
Usually it is not even enough for minimum requirements in the humanities and is politically demanded. No surprise given the academic level of our political class.

Helmut Bachmann | Fri, March 22, 2019 - 7:16 pm

In reply to Occupationally Affected and similar underperformers by Karl Müller

I am of the same opinion. With this, the author cleverly ties in with conservative perspectives (which are also correct for me). Unfortunately in the same breath (article) to say a lot of quark about psychotherapy and thus to influence people who do not read carefully. Education looks different.

Inge Meier | Thu, March 21, 2019 - 4:25 pm

Forest bathing is perhaps still quite nice and poetic, but otherwise the “science” of alternative communes often produces strange blossoms, which in their denial of reality are perhaps not that harmless.

Gisela Fimiani | Thu, March 21, 2019 - 8:10 pm

Postmodern society has said goodbye to critically rational THINKING. Enlightenment is out ...... emotion beats ratio. Therefore EVERYONE can present their own "facts" on EVERYTHING these days. The stomach is just easier to strain than the head. Hurray, we don't have to be stupid anymore.

Brigitte Miller | Thu, March 21, 2019 - 8:35 pm

As a nurse in psychiatry, I partially agree with the statement "no therapy is the best therapy". What can certainly no longer be recommended are tens of hours of psychoanalysis that shed light on the past up to Adam and Eve, but a short behavioral therapy or even talk therapy that encourages the sufferer to deal with his problem in a targeted manner and with time himself helping can be a blessing. Talk to people who have had this experience.

Peter Lamerz | Thu, March 21, 2019 - 8:51 pm

A pointed but accurate article by an established psychiatrist who has just as much "on the gossip" as I do.

Klaus Dittrich | Fri, March 22, 2019 - 12:16 pm

The author speaks from my heart!
"Anyway, everything seems to revolve around subjective feeling and experience."
And this pronounced narcissism is masked by participating in all kinds of demos - popular topics are, for example, "Racism" (the term "race" will soon be deleted ") or" Refugees welcome "(the refugee does not live with the" good guys ") ).
"This is being seriously discussed in Berlin's political scene."
Berlin is ruled by ideology - there are no serious discourses; at least not in public.
"Whether in the natural sciences or in gossip science."
One could also formulate: science or ideology.

Urban Will | Sat, March 23, 2019 - 7:57 pm

The pace at which the zeitgeist described here, which is very aptly described, has clouded our society, is frightening.
As an “over 50s” I really know other times. In the school yard we discussed politics and tolerated dissenters. Nobody was excluded, not even those in black leather boots. Difficult parental homes, criminal milieus, there were all of that too, but nobody moved the psychological drum, the problems were also solved differently. By itself. Everything has "become something", as the saying goes.

Where did you go Tolerance and above all: reason?
Why does the latter suddenly no longer have any meaning? Why did everything get so complicated?
It seems to have some use, at least for those who dutifully let all this madness continue to thrive.