posted on Dec, 30 2003 @ 12:01 PM
During this past summer to occupy my time with being jobless, I took some psychology courses... and from the start I knew it wasn't going to go
After purchasing the text book, I read in Chapter One that "Astrology is a false 'science' devoid of any factual evidence or support". I skoffed
at this idea; I've generated charts, read about predictions, and other things associated with astrology, and have found nothing to discredit it.
Anyway, the psychology book explained astrology as being false because it takes a general assumption of individuals based on common links, such as
birth dates (duh), and tries to help people by giving them generalized terms or conditions.
I brought this to the attention of the psychology teacher; I asked her how is astrology any different than psychology? Psychology gives its patients
a sense of worth by giving terms and conditions that the patient must figure out themselves... there is even a branch of psychology that groups
people together, and makes predictions of behavior, based on where they were born, environment, etcetera. Sounds like astrology to me.
She responded by saying the psychology is factual because it is excepted by the medical field, whereas astrology is pushed away because "you cannot
predict a person's behavior by the stars".
So I tried telling her that astrology is no different to psychology than alchemy was to chemistry, that astrology was the basis of psychology... but
she still wouldn't budge from the socially excepted "truth".
I brought to her attention that the theories behind Frued's work was based on Kabalism (sexual themes, three states of being, etcetera), and that
Jung practiced Eastern Mystism. This lead to my teacher doing her own research (and finding out that the two psychologists did base their theories on
Yet, she still believes psychology over astrology, which is fine, to each their own.
But isn't it interesting that psychology is so heavily similiar to astrology, yet no professional will admit it? The only downside I can see with
astrology is that it gives its reader a sense of hope... it builds up the person's esteem, letting them go on (whereas psychology cost thousands of
dollars, never gets resolved, and makes the patient anxious for the next session).
Two sides of the same coin is all I can say... can't be good at forecasting someone's future without knowing that person and how their mind
[Edited on 30-12-2003 by soothsayer]