By Gregg Henriques
Following the dying 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 photo of the human situation, and now the self-discipline focuses totally on empirical difficulties that experience a comparatively slender scope. The outcome has been a proliferation of attention-grabbing findings without actual ability to respond to large questions or to generate a shared normal figuring out of the human . This publication seeks to alter the established order and provides up a brand new unified thought 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 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 critical attempt to supply integration and cohesion inside of mental wisdom and knowing is heartily welcomed. And Henriques' attempt during this regard isn't just severe, yet probably the most cogent, scholarly, subtle, fantastically reasoned, truly articulated, and accessibly written displays of a unified concept in psychology that i've got noticeable 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 ebook represents a noble quest to supply a vast, values-based, and clinical framework which holds the facility to prepare our paintings and stream us ahead in robust, new ways.”
Lawrence G. Calhoun, writer of Facilitating Post-Traumatic Growth,
Professor, collage of North Carolina-Charlotte
“In this very bold publication, Henriques makes a robust case for why daring efforts are wanted within the fragmented realm of mental learn and idea. even though assorted readers will most probably make various judgments approximately how good Henriques has succeeded in his goals, it however is an act of highbrow bold that may possibly motivate psychologists to appear open air the slender confines of a unmarried laboratory paradigm and open their considering to the best way to deal with the entire diversity of human habit and experience.”
Paul L. Wachtel, writer of Therapeutic Communication,
amazing Professor, CUNY
“Concise, erudite, and sensible, this booklet is a manifesto that demanding situations psychology to maneuver prior fragmented domain names of information to a consilient framework, in an effort to let multi-disciplinary discourse and clinical advances. I recommend all scientists, psychotherapists, and students spend it slow familiarizing themselves with the suggestions and proposals provided during this seminal quantity by way of a number one scholar.”
Jeffrey Magnavita, writer of Personality Guided Relational Psychotherapy,
Founder of the Unified Psychotherapy Project
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Extra resources for A New Unified Theory of Psychology
I was raised in a secular home. Although my father experienced a religious conversion as a young adult at a Billy Graham revival, by the time I was born and raised the light had flickered out and our family was not at all religious. For some combination of reasons I do not recall, when I was in the eighth grade riding the bus home one day, I announced publicly that I was an atheist and that I thought (ala Richard Dawkins) that God was an illusion. The reaction from my fellow bus riders was surprising enough that I recall it to this day.
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.
Thus, deeper insights are still to be made, perhaps along the lines of self-organization or nonequilibrium thermodynamics. Nonetheless, the combination of natural selection and genetics has provided enough understanding so that the joint point is relatively clear. 16 1 From Racing Horses to Seeing the Elephant They are the principles of (1) energy economics; (2) evolution; (3) behavioral genetics; (4) neurocomputational control; (5) learning; and (6) development. The value of Behavioral Investment Theory is that it consolidates existing theoretical perspectives and, in conjunction with the holistic vision afforded by the unified theory, allows for previously separate lines of thought and research to be coherently integrated.