In studying psychology in first year it was drilled into our heads over and over again that we could never prove a hypothesis in psychology as there will always most likely being an exception so finding that one hypothesis true in your sample doesn’t mean the population will all act the same as the sample. In physics you can push a pen one hundred times of a table and you will know for a certain that it will fall due to the thanks of gravity and stay on the ground, gravity is a fact that has become a part of our lives. However if you push a hundred humans off of a table they won’t act the exact same and some may choose to practice Newton’s third law of every action having an opposite reaction mostly with a fist to the face.
This is always a depressing factor for psychologists to never really having any proof that any experiment they do will occur in the population and so can never be a fact but what they can do is choose to disprove a hypothesis. This will give some sort of satisfaction to the researcher when they find many exceptions to the hypothesis. The null hypothesis is nifty in how it acts and gives people plenty of chance to replicate the experiment to see if their results match or don’t.
So to round it off nicely, instead of trying to prove that something will happen just say that it won’t happen and that way you can feel smug when it hasn’t. On that note I will just be taking my shorts and flip flops to my vacation to hell as I have research to disprove that hell is going to freeze over.
Remember you don’t have to be hearing voices in your head to read this blog… but it helps.