By Gregg Henriques
Following the loss of life of the so-called grand theories provided via luminaries like Sigmund Freud, B. F. Skinner, and Carl Rogers, the sphere of psychology principally gave up its early aspirations to color a huge photograph of the human , and now the self-discipline focuses totally on empirical difficulties that experience a comparatively slim scope. The outcome has been a proliferation of fascinating findings with out actual potential to respond to sizeable questions or to generate a shared common realizing of the human . This publication seeks to alter the established order and provides up a brand new unified idea of psychology that redefines the technological know-how and the career and paints a brand new photograph of human nature within the approach.
A New Unified thought of Psychology
“The box of psychology is understood for its paradoxical mix of sweeping scope and bold micro-theories, at the one hand, and fragmentation and internecine squabbling, at the different. To this scenario, any severe attempt to supply integration and team spirit inside of mental wisdom and realizing is heartily welcomed. And Henriques' attempt during this regard isn't just critical, yet essentially the most cogent, scholarly, subtle, fantastically reasoned, truly articulated, and accessibly written shows of a unified conception in psychology that i've got obvious in my 50 years within the discipline.”
Daniel B. Fishman, writer of The Case for Pragmatic Psychology,
Professor, Rutgers college
“As the sphere of psychology has grown, so have the demanding situations of fragmentation and of misunderstandings. This courageous booklet represents a noble quest to supply a large, values-based, and medical framework which holds the facility to prepare our paintings and movement us ahead in powerful, new ways.”
Lawrence G. Calhoun, writer of Facilitating Post-Traumatic Growth,
Professor, college of North Carolina-Charlotte
“In this very formidable publication, Henriques makes a powerful case for why daring efforts are wanted within the fragmented realm of mental study and conception. even if varied readers will most likely make various judgments approximately how good Henriques has succeeded in his goals, it however is an act of highbrow bold that could might be motivate psychologists to appear outdoors the slim confines of a unmarried laboratory paradigm and open their considering to the right way to handle the complete diversity of human habit and experience.”
Paul L. Wachtel, writer of Therapeutic Communication,
wonderful Professor, CUNY
“Concise, erudite, and sensible, this ebook is a manifesto that demanding situations psychology to maneuver previous fragmented domain names of data to a consilient framework, with the intention to permit multi-disciplinary discourse and clinical advances. I recommend all scientists, psychotherapists, and students spend a while familiarizing themselves with the recommendations and proposals awarded during this seminal quantity through a number one scholar.”
Jeffrey Magnavita, writer of Personality Guided Relational Psychotherapy,
Founder of the Unified Psychotherapy Project
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Unfortunately, Wundt’s method and the school of thought that came to be known as structuralism failed as a coherent scientific justification system. Why? Recall that one of the foundational justifications for knowledge to be considered scientific is that it is dependent on objective evidence. By its very nature, consciousness is a first person ontological entity. If investigator A reported some experience during his introspection and investigator B reported a different experience, there was no way to confirm or disconfirm the reports.
Observable, measurable, reliable, valid—in a word, scientifi ). The latter component is what justifies the separation of scientific knowledge from analytical philosophy and mathematics, which focus on semantic meaning and logical coherence but do not necessarily concern themselves with directly acquiring empirical evidence. 22 1 From Racing Horses to Seeing the Elephant Wundt argued that human consciousness was psychology’s proper subject matter, and he trained himself and his followers in the techniques of introspection.
Quackenbush (2005, p. ” And Anchin (2008, p. ” Toward a New Vision 25 At the same time, some scholars also have offered criticisms and cautions about the system. The post-Skinnerian psychologist Steven Hayes wondered if the unified theory actually led anywhere. He wrote [L]ook at the present effort and ask, “What effective action can now be taken? ” Henriques does not present actual data showing that thinking of the world this way is useful in a practical or empirical sense. The only goals that are mentioned are essentially coherence goals.
A New Unified Theory of Psychology by Gregg Henriques