posted on Aug, 11 2008 @ 02:29 AM
Um, I think psychology is about observations.
However, in many cases, those observations are subjective, tailored to the individual, and don't have statistical backing that can be used to
say: "this may apply to many people".
So, it is a science, when it formulates objectively determinable hypotheses, that can be invalidated with counter-evidence, and may have
application at multiple levels of specificity. That is, describing phenomena not specific to a unique individual circumstance.
I guess it depends on how it's practiced. There are a lot of quacks out there. That's for sure.
I think most psychologists (more so than psychiatrists) don't really care to be entirely objectively analytical; they mostly just want to mentor
people, or have a cushy job where they can chat.