A lot of us speak in psychological terms with great authority as if the models we promote are true. In many cases, we can cite credible-looking research to back our claims. Sounds pretty good, right?
Maybe we should think again.
While the field has been making valiant effort to establish itself as a viable scientific endeavor, psychology has suffered traumatic blows from the scientific community.
What if no one knows anything about psychology?
Check out what the Guardian reports about psychological science:
Scientists are meant to be detectives searching for the truth rather than lawyers cherry-picking the evidence to fit an argument. Unfortunately, psychology has proven to be one of the most bias-prone sciences. Whether unconscious or deliberate, it is all too easy for researchers to selectively report their study results in a way that is influenced by their preconceptions. And because of the noisy nature of evidence in psychological science (humans are messy things, after all), these biases can have a substantial impact on the conclusions that are drawn.
The Guardian – after announcing that the close of it it’s psychology-oriented blog HeadSpace, went onto report that, in spite of rampant bias and inability to duplicate research results, the field is making strides toward reducing bias and increasing rigor in research.
Science strives to be objective and this is why so many controls are placed on research. Yet. there is no true objectivity anywhere, let alone in the study of subjective experience.
No objectivity is ever going to happen, but at least the field of psychology is attempting to reduce bias and pre-conceived judgment among researchers.
Do What Works
If you’re looking for the truth about anything, you’d be best off taking your fulfillment in the journey and not the end result. The process of finding the truth is a never-ending discovery.
Meanwhile, life coaches and NLP practitioners focus on what works. Pragmatism. Help clients get to their desired result. Do what works and don’t try to prove what’s true.
Life coaching isn’t research. It’s helping people.