Psychology: the Subjective Science

Science, traditionally, has been a manner of investigating our world in an objective way without subjective muddling. This has been put into question by some findings in Quantum Physics that our perception of something can influence the result. But what about subjectivity as a subject for study? An important part of “our world” is this subjectivity, so there should be a way to investigate it. And there is in the many discplines of psychology.

I was reading some material for a course I’ll be doing in ecopsychology, and the term “science” came up, that, through the exercises, we take notice of our senses and sensations in nature, and then set about describing or verbalising them. The best objective evidence we have of the subjective is verbal. But if each of us can set about observing  our experiences and faithfully and coherently giving them expression through words, then we can find commonalities, or at least bridge the subjective gap between us.

Perhaps because of differences in subjective perspective, the variety of psychological disciplines has flourished. There are so many theories, it’s difficult to know where to start. But since we’re investigating subjectivity, we can start with “I”, and all the thoughts, feeling and sensations that comes with this.