Contemporary Theories and Systems in Psychology by Benjamin B. Wolman

By Benjamin B. Wolman

Two decades is decades within the lifetime of a technological know-how. whereas the ancient roots of psychology haven't replaced because the first version of this booklet, a number of the offshoots of a number of the theories and structures mentioned were crit­ ically reexamined and feature passed through far-reaching ameliorations. New and impressive study has resulted in a broadening of views, and up to date devel­ opments in different parts required a large amount of rewriting. i've been lucky within the final fifteen years to have labored with approximately 2,000 psychologists and different behavioral scientists who contributed to a number of accrued volumes i've got edited. because the editor-in-chief of the In­ ternational Encyclopedia of Psychiatry, Psychology, Psychoanalysis and Neurol­ ogy, i've got had the privilege of studying, scrutinizing, and enhancing the paintings of 1,500 specialists in psychology and similar disciplines. furthermore, i've got written numerous books and monographs and over 100 clinical papers. Armed with all that have, i've got conscientiously tested the pages of the 1st variation. bankruptcy eight required colossal rewriting and a number of other new sections were further to different chapters: "Current Soviet Psychol­ ogy" (Chapter 2, part 7); "New rules on Purposivism" (Chapter five, Sec­ tion 4); "Recent advancements within the Sociological institution of Psychoanalysis" (Chapter nine, part 4); and "Present prestige of Gestalt Psychology" (Chapter 12, part 4). bankruptcy 15 was once passed over, and new chapters have been additional: bankruptcy 14 ("Humanistic Psychology") and bankruptcy sixteen ("Selected learn Areas").

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192. 41 42 CHAPTER 2 being interpreted as the sum of matter and energy. Whatever goes on in human life is going on in the nervous tissues and in the glands of inner secretion. Pavlov did not bother to take up the argument for or against introspection as other contemporary psychologists did. Therefore he easily avoided the pitfalls of behaviorism with its efforts to relate covert behavior to unperceivable motions of muscles or glands. Pavlov's way was clear, simple, and safe. He did not deny psychology; he simply did not care much for it.

Moreover, all responses which were given in proximity to a rewarded one were recalled better than the others. " Obviously, these findings supported Thorndike's law of effect. Intelligence The idea of connectionism influenced Thorndike's work in other areas too. Most workers promoted the theory of intelligence conceived as a general mental ability of comprehension, adaptation, and problem solving. " Thorndike rejected the idea of an over-all mental capacity. " 51 He proposed a quantity or synthesis theory.

Whether psychologists sided with Lamarck or Darwin, Spencer or Weismann, Driesch or Huxley, whether they accepted a mechanistic or a vitalistic point of view, these were relevant problems that led to the development of the respective psychological systems. Almost all psychologists became increasingly aware of the vitality of this research area. Human psychology became an indispensable area in the study of the human species. Anatomy and physiology analyzed the human organism in its details. Psychology dealt with human life in its totality; it became par excellence a molar and functionalistic science.

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