is excerted from an August 17, 2002 article by Joe Woodard entitled:
#1: Our therapeutic culture
(In defence of his profession,
University of Calgary psychology professor Tim Rogers (not related to
Carl Rogers) argues the discipline can't be held to the same standard
of objectivity as the physical sciences...he admitted the popularization
of psychology may have loosened people's sense of moral responsibility
by shifting focus to social "power relationships." But psychology
can't be held responsible for the results of its popularization.)
Vancouver (sic) psychologist-writer Tana Dineen, author of the book
Manufacturing Victims, disagrees.
"We change the fads, but we're never held accountable for last
year's fad and the damage it did," Dineen said. "The fact
that we said something stupid last year becomes evidence that we must
be wiser this year."
The problem, Dineen said, is that psychology now steps far outside its
area of expertise -- genuine, definable personality disorders -- to
pontificate on all the issues of human life.
"I keep seeing psychologists taking larger and larger roles, commenting
on everything from child rearing and spanking to moral and legal issues,
with no real knowledge base," she said.
Psychology has no expertise in moral issues, she said. And when psychologists
pronounce on social issues such as spanking and child murder, they do
so without any real evidence.
Yet, despite constant warnings from psychologists like Thomas Szasz
(The Myth of Mental Illness) and Paul Vitz (Psychology as Religion),
the public still accepts its authority, she said."It's become a
very arrogant profession, abusing its power," Dineen said.
"What's more worrisome is that society still accepts its authority.
Why do psychologists have such authority?
"It can't be just good marketing techniques. It must serve a function."
Dineen said psychology has always served its masters, from big business
to big government. Quoting Szasz, she said psychology is a method of
control well suited to democratic society.
What's more, psychology now promises "salvation" -- quick
and easy happiness, said Dineen.
As part of modern society's "new religion," it is so much
"the air we breathe," questioning it is now almost impossible,