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by Charles B. Guignon,Frank C. Richardson

In the twentieth century, the practice of psychology has usually been based on a scientific or objective theory of human behavior. Today, an influential countermovement, often called social constructionism, argues that there is no basis for our beliefs or values beyond the swirl of meanings and practices in a particular community or era. Re-envisioning Psychology examines the increasing dissatisfaction with both scientific and social constructionist viewpoints and presents a sweeping new vision of theory and practice in psychology.

"Re-envisioning Psychology is a breath of fresh air, a clear and resounding voice that provides an intellectual and moral direction that, if heeded and built upon, could lead psychology out of the confusion and political collusion in which it is currently mired. Richardson, Fowers, and Guignon have imaginatively applied interpretive and dialogic concepts to the most troubling aspects of theory and practice. If psychology is going to be saved from its own worst tAndencies, this book will be an indispensable element in its turning."--Philip Cushman, associate professor, California School of Professional Psychology and author of Constructing the Self, Constructing America: A Cultural History of Psychotherapy

Download Reenvisioning Psychology: Moral Dimensions of Theory and Practice epub
ISBN: 0787943843
ISBN13: 978-0787943844
Category: Other
Subcategory: Medicine & Health Sciences
Author: Charles B. Guignon,Frank C. Richardson
Language: English
Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (March 26, 1999)
Pages: 368 pages
ePUB size: 1643 kb
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Rating: 4.8
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Richardson, Fowers, and Guigon present a readable piece of apt criticism for psychology. Like many other philosophers of social science and laypersons, RFG contend that mainstream psychology has relied inappropriately on the methodology of the natural sciences in an effort to gain prestige. Consequently, psychology simply perpetuates current sociocultural understandings of psychological phenomena as scientific facts. The problems inherent in this approach are illustrated with a fascinating review of research on aggression and marital therapy, respectively. A hermeneutic alternative to psychological inquiry is provided.

Beautifully written! It is also respectful criticism. An important piece for a field that is unwilling to admit the role of moral, political, and economic influences on its findings.
Richardson, Fowers, and Guignon present a quite readable and fantastic critique of prevailing assumptions and problematics in psychology. They also present a wonderful hermenetically-inspired alternative to the problematic paradigm. My only critique of this critique is that they do not go far enough in presenting applications (especially for clinical psychology) of the alternative conceptualization. I recommend that any interested in alternative perspectives on the prevailing linear, deterministic paradigm in psychology purchase a copy of this book.