Critical Thinking About Psychology: Hidden Assumptions and Plausible Alternatives

Pages: 295
Item #: 4316048
ISBN: 978-1-59147-187-5
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Copyright: 2005
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In Critical Thinking About Psychology: Hidden Assumptions and Plausible Alternatives contributors examine the unquestioned givens of psychology and suggest other ways of looking at them. Psychologists are taught early in their careers to use their research findings to examine common myths and debunk false beliefs. Yet, in spite of this emphasis on critical analysis, psychologists do not typically subject psychology itself to such evaluation. In this fascinating volume, experts from varied subdisciplines critique assumptions peculiar to their specialty and then propose alternatives to replace the original assumptions.

The book covers six major psychology subdisciplines, ranging from clinical psychology to neuropsychology. Contributors critique unquestioned tenets of the field such as the dualism between mind and body, the truth of efficient causation, and the discrete unit known as the individual. Authors then provide alternative ways of seeing the field, such as nondualistic models of the self and a moral vision of human development, effectively creating new conceptual ground for psychology.

In analyzing what is taken for granted, this volume teaches critical thinking skills at the same time that it moves psychology in exciting new directions.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Thinking Critically About Critical Thinking
—Brent D. Slife, Stephen C. Yanchar, and Jeffrey S. Reber

I. Clinical and Counseling Psychology

  1. Psychotherapy and Modern Dilemmas
    —Frank C. Richardson
  2. Psychotherapy, Character, and the Good Life
    —Blaine J. Fowers

II. Social Psychology

  1. Social Psychology: Key Issues, Assumptions, and Implications
    —Jeffrey S. Reber and Lisa M. Osbeck
  2. Social Psychology: Exploring Alternative Conceptual Foundations
    —Edwin E. Gantt

III. Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology

  1. The Assumptions and Implications of the Neurobiological Approach to Depression
    —Dawson Hedges and Colin Burchfield
  2. Alternative Assumptions for Neuroscience: Formulating a True Monism
    —Brent D. Slife and Ramona O. Hopkins

IV. Cognitive Psychology

  1. Cognitive Psychology: Hidden Assumptions
    —Robert C. Bishop
  2. A Contextualist Alternative to Cognitive Psychology
    —Stephen C. Yanchar

V. Developmental Psychology

  1. Developmental Psychology and the Death of God
    —Brian Vandenberg and Shawn P. O'Connor
  2. Moral Visions of Developmental Psychology
    —John Chambers Christopher

VI. Methodology in Psychology

  1. The Language and Methods of Science: Common Assumptions and Uncommon Conclusions
    —Richard N. Williams
  2. Toward An Alternative Psychology
    —Jeff Sugarman and Jack Martin

Conclusion: Toward Critical Openness
—Suzanne R. Kirschner

Author Index

Subject Index

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