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Is psychology, the study of single people without careers, who do not exercise for twenty minutes, or get ten minutes of sunshine a day?
Now, obviously, I am exaggerating, and joking a bit when I pose this question. There are severe neurological disorders, that warrant study, the conditions of which have improved because of research, and medication. I do not mean to demean the entire field of psychology, instead, I would like to engage in a serious debate with people who have done research in the field.
Has our understanding of brain chemistry, and genetics, over ridden our common sense, in treating many psychological conditions? Also, because actual physical study of the brain, is still in infancy, and up until now, the field has been entirely reliant on self report... Has all of our research been biased, by the type of person who submits to and seeks psychiatric treatment?
I pose this question in the way I have, because 10 minutes of sunshine, and 20 minutes of exercise, have both proven time and time again, to be better medicine for almost every psychological disorder on the books, than anything on the market. They don't just beat a placebo for depression and anxiety, they beat everything.
Social workers will tell you however, that the life events of gaining meaningful employment, or volunteering for a noble cause, or "meeting the right person", is better than any drug on the market.
In the case of psychology, have we let the pursuit of pure knowledge, and science... overshadow our common sense and our common goals as human beings? Should psychology really be the study of finding people social relationships that engage them, meaningful work, and convincing them to play a sport a couple days a week in the sunshine? I know, it's a bit of a hippy daisy suggestion, even for me.