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April 27, 2017

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tj

This isn't a perfect world, Selwyn. Pick any profession and you'll find some loon, pervert or jerk who somehow managed to pass the muster. Psychology is no exception. As a fan of the self-help genre (even relationship advice in Glamour), I'm compelled to defend psychology as a discipline.

Just look at it this way. Religious commandments give you a general idea that you did something wrong. But our behaviors are often multilayered and our rationalizations complex. Psychology gets at the what and why the way a "thou shall not" statement never could. Also children and severely traumatized adults may be repeating a horrible experience that hasn't been understood.

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