When I tell people I have a degree in psychology, they often think I'm in a position to diagnose their family and friends. I'm not. Clinical psychology, the area of psychology where diagnosis occurs, is a specialist area in the broader field. I feel this equivocation is also where the tension between those who debate whether psychology is a science or not get confused. I like to explain it as clinical psychology being the application of psychological research. A researcher doesn't necessarily have the appropriate training to diagnose individual cases. Research psychology is more my area of interest.