By Gregg Henriques
Following the dying of the so-called grand theories provided by way of luminaries like Sigmund Freud, B. F. Skinner, and Carl Rogers, the sector of psychology principally gave up its early aspirations to color a large photo of the human , and now the self-discipline focuses totally on empirical difficulties that experience a comparatively slender scope. The end result has been a proliferation of attention-grabbing findings with out genuine potential to reply to gigantic questions or to generate a shared basic realizing of the human situation. This e-book seeks to alter the established order and gives up a brand new unified conception of psychology that redefines the technological know-how and the career and paints a brand new photograph of human nature within the method.
A New Unified conception 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 situation, any severe attempt to supply integration and cohesion inside of mental wisdom and figuring out is heartily welcomed. And Henriques' attempt during this regard isn't just critical, yet essentially the most cogent, scholarly, refined, fantastically reasoned, in actual fact articulated, and accessibly written displays of a unified thought in psychology that i've got visible in my 50 years within the discipline.”
Daniel B. Fishman, writer of The Case for Pragmatic Psychology,
Professor, Rutgers college
“As the sector of psychology has grown, so have the demanding situations of fragmentation and of misunderstandings. This courageous e-book represents a noble quest to supply a vast, values-based, and medical framework which holds the ability to prepare our paintings and circulate 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 ebook, Henriques makes a robust case for why daring efforts are wanted within the fragmented realm of mental study and idea. even if diversified readers will most probably make various judgments approximately how good Henriques has succeeded in his goals, it however is an act of highbrow bold which can possibly motivate psychologists to seem outdoors the slim confines of a unmarried laboratory paradigm and open their considering to easy methods to handle the whole variety of human habit and experience.”
Paul L. Wachtel, writer of Therapeutic Communication,
wonderful Professor, CUNY
“Concise, erudite, and useful, this publication is a manifesto that demanding situations psychology to maneuver prior fragmented domain names of data to a consilient framework, in an effort to permit multi-disciplinary discourse and medical advances. I recommend all scientists, psychotherapists, and students spend it slow familiarizing themselves with the strategies and proposals offered during this seminal quantity via a number one scholar.”
Jeffrey Magnavita, writer of Personality Guided Relational Psychotherapy,
Founder of the Unified Psychotherapy Project
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That is, every utterance is vulnerable to the problem of social justification, which is the question of whether the utterance was, in fact, legitimate from the audience’s vantage point. Even a claim as innocuous as the coffee cup is on my desk can be questioned as to whether or not it is justifiable. Indeed, an individual could, upon hearing that claim and seeing my desk, argue the utterance was not justifiable. ” a pugnacious adversary might proclaim. Thus as soon as they emerge, all utterances exist in the context of justification and are defined in part by that context.
Giddens (1987) argued the social sciences exist between the natural sciences and humanities on the is-ought dimension (see Jones, 1965, for a clear description of this dimension) because the single hermeneutic equation changes radically when the observed is a concept-using being whose very conceptions of their actions enter into the actions themselves. According to Giddens (1987, p. ” In other words, the justifications generated by social scientists to explain some human behavioral phenomenon are digested by human actors with genuine causal consequences.
The discipline is producing oceans of information but little wisdom because we lack a big picture view that places our knowledge in a coherent context that allows for genuine understanding. It is this gap that the unified theory seeks to fill, and it is a gap that cannot be filled within the narrow confines of a research lab. That said, it is also my strident hope and expectation that the concepts and formulations articulated here can lead to rigorous quantitative analyses, and several research projects are currently underway in that regard.
A New Unified Theory of Psychology by Gregg Henriques