Between Science and Practice
I present here my views on psychology as a science. The article is the result of an ongoing discussion between ‘academic’ and ‘professional’ psychology in The Netherlands. Many proponents of ‘academic’ psychology are in favor of a psychology as if it is one of the disciplines of the natural sciences. Other psychologists, mostly those found in the professional field, hold the view that psychology is one of the social sciences and should not renounce such human capabilities as empathy, introspection, and dialogue. Without these we would not be able to understand others and eventually help them. This article is a plea for a ‘social’ psychology rather than a ‘natural scientific’ psychology. A social psychology that can play a role in action research.
Keywords: objective research methods, Psychology, induction / deduction / retroduction
Published online: 19 January 2001