A religion that has risen up in the past century to define "proper behavior" as the influence of Christianity has waned.
Like other religions, it has little scientific support, but makes bold pronouncements about who is "good" and who is "bad."
Its sacred texts include the Diagnostics and Statistics manual as well as works by Rogers, Freud, Beck and others.
Cultish mind control behavior can be found in some practitioners who will attempt to keep "clients" in harmful therapy by convincing them that "you have to feel worse to feel better" or "your resistance represents your unwillingness to face your problems."
Client: "I have been in therapy for four years now, but I'm still depressed and obsessive compulsive. I don't think this psychology is working."
Psychologist: "I sense that you are very frustrated. However, clearly, we just have not yet uncovered the root of the problem yet."
Psychology is everyone's major at some point during their college career.
Me: What are you majoring in? (Dont you dare say psychology)
Random Person: Psychology.
Me: OOOOH exciting.
The study of human thought and behaviour. A social scientific subject which can trace its origins back to ancient Greece.
Psychology, psychiatry and psychotherapy are all different.
It's an interesting class to take for a semester, but anyone that majors in it is really just trying to figure themselves out. All the people with psych degrees are usually the most messed up, they think the more they learn the more they might figure out their own problems. Then they graduate, and tell other people whats wrong with them...it's healthy, I swear
Jack: How is your semester going?
Jill: It's so stressful, I have started throwing up all my food again, and I hate my family, and I hear voices, and I think I might have the ugliest nose on the continental United States.
Jack: What's your major?
Jill: Psychology! I'm going to help people someday!
The section of Borders bookstore where all the porn is hidden, believe it or not.
Dude, have you been the psychology section before? There's a whole wall of erotica in there! You've GOT to check it out!
An interesting discipline no doubt, but not without its share of problems. For more on those, see psychologist
Psychology is good, psychologists are bad.
The practice of taking things we already know about people, and weighing it down with jargon
until the only other people who understand it are psychologists
"Psychology dictates that all juvenile humans grow to imitate the assertive role models around them, sparking a developmental response" (Kids grow up to be like their folks)
Mostly bullshit. Every time someone attempts to psychoanalyse me, they fail miserably.
Psychologist: I believe you punched that guy in the nose because you have deep issues of security and you felt threatened in your own envioronment. It had nothing to do with the fact that he kicked you in the balls.