Had a big argument with a (first year I hope) psychology student many years back who confidently proclaimed that genes were unimportant, only environmental factors influenced outcomes. That was what she'd recently been taught so to her it was beyond question.
Reading Laing's "The Divided Self" at school was my only acquaintance with the subject but logic is logic.
Remember hoping she was just a dummy who'd misunderstood a lecture because the alternative would have been worse.
Read a book in the early 90's which was a collection of papers written by psychologists working in the UK prison service
. Might have been an early edition of "Psychology in Prisons."
Decided at the time nothing in it was worth a damn. Theories citing only other unsupported theories IIRC.
Way dumber now than I was then (which is the reason I gave up booze
) but remember dismissing most of it at the time.
Remember it mostly for one contributor's "Nothing Works" theory (my title, I forget the actual).
Just what it sounds like - a survey
of a whole raft of other theories relating to criminal/prison psychology concluding that there was no evidence to support any of them.
I just found it entertaining to picture the wild party they all must have had.
IMO psychiatry & psychology show every bit as much dedication to scientific rigour as do homeopathy and scientology.
Progress in the study of brain structure & function might eventually offer some insight.