The disciplines of Psychology and Ethics are both substantially concerned with man’s beliefs, choices and actions, and it would seem that they complement each other well: Psychology generally studies and evaluates mental well-being, and Ethics offers guides to living well that promote mental well-being.
However, the debates in psychology and ethics might induce several questions. For instance, if our brains are wired a certain way and we are susceptible to instincts and urges, how can we exert choice when faced with moral decisions? Can psychology verify which moral code can make us happier, or is it morally neutral?
Craig Biddle is editor of The Objective Standard and author of Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It; Understanding Rational Egoism; and the forthcoming Forbidden Fruit for Teens: Moral Truths Your Parents, Preachers, and Teachers Don’t Want You to Know. His book in progress is “Thinking in Principles.” Biddle is also the Executive Director of the Prometheus Foundation.
Josh Dickson is an addictions counsellor, trauma therapist and positive psychologist. He is the founder and clinical director of Resurface, providing surf therapy retreats for trauma, positivity and creativity. He also works in private practice.