By Gregg Henriques
Following the dying of the so-called grand theories provided through luminaries like Sigmund Freud, B. F. Skinner, and Carl Rogers, the sector of psychology principally gave up its early aspirations to color a extensive photograph 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 fascinating findings with out actual means to reply to tremendous questions or to generate a shared common knowing of the human . This e-book seeks to alter the established order and provides up a brand new unified conception of psychology that redefines the technology and the career and paints a brand new photograph of human nature within the technique.
A New Unified conception of Psychology
“The box of psychology is understood for its paradoxical blend of sweeping scope and ambitious micro-theories, at the one hand, and fragmentation and internecine squabbling, at the different. To this situation, any severe attempt to supply integration and team spirit inside of mental wisdom and knowing is heartily welcomed. And Henriques' attempt during this regard is not just critical, yet essentially the most cogent, scholarly, refined, fantastically reasoned, in actual fact articulated, and accessibly written displays of a unified idea 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 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 large, values-based, and medical framework which holds the facility to prepare our paintings and circulate us ahead in robust, new ways.”
Lawrence G. Calhoun, writer of Facilitating Post-Traumatic Growth,
Professor, college of North Carolina-Charlotte
“In this very bold e-book, Henriques makes a robust case for why daring efforts are wanted within the fragmented realm of mental study and thought. even though diversified readers will most probably make assorted judgments approximately how good Henriques has succeeded in his goals, it however is an act of highbrow bold which could possibly motivate psychologists to appear outdoor the slender confines of a unmarried laboratory paradigm and open their pondering to how you can deal with the whole diversity of human habit and experience.”
Paul L. Wachtel, writer of Therapeutic Communication,
exotic Professor, CUNY
“Concise, erudite, and useful, this e-book is a manifesto that demanding situations psychology to maneuver earlier fragmented domain names of information to a consilient framework, on the way to permit multi-disciplinary discourse and medical advances. I recommend all scientists, psychotherapists, and students spend your time familiarizing themselves with the techniques and proposals offered during this seminal quantity by means 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
One lesson that emerges from analyzing psychology’s conceptual problems is that we are in desperate need of a macro-level view that defines key terms and how they exist in relationship to one another. Many problems in the field stem from the fact that terms such as mind, brain, behavior, cognition, consciousness, self, and culture mean different things from different perspectives. Completely lacking is a meta-perspective map that defines these terms and defines them in relationship to one another.
Whether one is examining Jesus’ justifications offered at the Sermon on the Mount, Jefferson’s justifications in the Declaration of Independence, or Einstein’s justifications for the theory of relativity, it is clear that each defined their claims in relationship to existing justification systems and explained why a different path is preferred. But how broadly does the concept really apply? Are all language-based beliefs effectively characterized as justifications? For example, if I say (and believe), “There is a coffee cup on my desk,” is that a justification?
The Influence Matrix is central to understanding the unified theory because motives for social influence play a crucial role in the manner humans construct reasons for their behavior, which is the focus of the fourth and final piece of the unified theory. Animals such as dogs, baboons, and chimpanzees clearly feel pleasure and pain, think nonverbally, strive for dominance, defend their territories, and experience strong, complicated emotional attachments. Yet only humans write books, develop laws and religions, build complex machines, engage in structured games, ponder their eventual death—and the list could go on and on.