Is Psychology A Science? Essay

789 Words Apr 22nd, 2016 4 Pages
Is Psychology a Science?
Bri Sands
Oklahoma State University

For the longest of time, scientists, therapists and doctors all wondered whether or not psychology is a science. Simply put, there is not a direct answer, but there are many theories supporting both directions. However, in this paper I am going to assess how psychology is a science due to the literal side of the argument through the definition of the matter, the make of psychology, and the similarities between psychology and science. According to Jessica DeFrost’s study on Greek and Latin roots from Michigan State University, the root word “psych” means mind and soul. Where as the suffix “ology”, as said by the Medical Dictionary from Farlex, means the science of the chosen root word. When combining both of these researched facts, psychology is a science that studies the mind and soul. Just like in biology, “bio” means life, according to DeFrost; therefore, biology is the study of life. So why is the scientific meaning behind psychology being questioned?
According to American Psychology association it could be that there is an off balance of men and women in the field. They are saying that because the amount of men that are being awarded PhD’s was nearly 70%, but for whatever the reason, it has dropped to 30% over the last 30 years. However, if this is the case, that would upset even more of the psychologists for not giving the women the power they deserve. Although, having to many…

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