Friday, 14 September 2018

QotD: "Psychologising consists in condemning or excusing specific individuals on the grounds of their psychological problems, real or invented, in the absence of or contrary to factual evidence."


"Psychologising consists in condemning or excusing specific individuals on the grounds of their psychological problems, real or invented, in the absence of or contrary to factual evidence. 
    "Armed with a smattering, not of knowledge, but of undigested slogans, they rush, unsolicited, to diagnose the problems of their friends and acquaintances. Pretentiousness and presumptuousness are the psychologiser’s invariable characteristics: he not merely invades the privacy of his victims’ minds, he claims to understand their minds better than they do, to know more than they do about their own motives. With reckless irresponsibility, which an old-fashioned mystic oracle would hesitate to match, he ascribes to his victims any motivation that suits his purpose, ignoring their denials. Since he is dealing with the great 'unknowable'—which used to be life after death or extrasensory perception, but is now man’s subconscious—all rules of evidence, logic and proof are suspended, and anything goes (which is what attracts him to his racket)."    
        ~ Ayn Rand, from her essay ‘The Psychology of ‘Psychologising''

[Hat tip Kuo's Gulch]

1 comment:

  1. Yep, let’s ignore the scientific method and decades or research and analysis and run with some nonsense Ayn Rand spouted. Why do you guys simply make up words all the time? It betrays a lack of ability to articulate. I shall call the moroneologisms.

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