Arguable, yes. But my belief with regards to this, goes hand in hand with my professor’s. Being an Ivy League alumni, I highly believe his thoughts regarding that statement have a high level of educational backing.
Now in my eyes ..
Though psychology is considered a viable source of information regarding the human psyche, there is still no such thing as a psychological fact.
Psychology itself is a debatable vortex of information gathered over the years. From subconscious thinking, to the idea of depression itself, specialists still argue over data gathered from field studies.
Perhaps that’s why I’m so intrigued by this field. In the medical field, though certain areas are still in the gray, most things are backed by science and facts. In engineering, things are backed by measurements, facts, laws of physics, and etc. In the practice of law, though facts may be skewed to favor the client, trials and arguments rely on facts and data to win the case.
Psychology .. still open for interpretation.
Now another example .. Though psychologists and psychiatrists tread quite closely in the waters of understanding us as beings, they will never fully be capable of reading our minds. Years of education will never make them mind readers. Psychics? Unlikely. Educated diagnosis? Yes.
One specialist may diagnose an individual with bipolar disorder, while another specialist diagnoses the same individual, instead, with a mild case of clinical depression.
Each doctor bases their findings on observations, and comparisons to their previous patients. They compare and contrast data that eventually leads to their concluded finding. Usually, this is how they prescribe medication as well. Each person reacts to mood altering medication differently, and a mixture is sometimes required in order to achieve a positive result. Same goes for treatment regarding a mental mishap. One person may need weeks of rehabilitation, while one may require rehabilitation as well as a side of medication in order to maintain a stable chemical balance.
Each person is different. That’s why we’re called individuals.
Now with regards to this, I chose to spend hours learning more and more in order to form my own interpretations. Complicated or not, the human mind is some fascinating shit.