A New Unified Theory of Psychology by Gregg Henriques

By Gregg Henriques

Hindrance approximately psychology’s fragmentation isn't really new, yet there has for the earlier decade been expanding demands psychologists to recognize to the prices linked to fragmentation and to go looking for methods to unify the discipline.

A New Unified thought of Psychology introduces a brand new procedure that addresses psychology’s present theoretical and philosophical problems. the hot idea contains 4 interlocking items that jointly provide—for the 1st time—a macro-level view that clarifies the character of psychology’s difficulties and provides a transparent strategy to unify a number of the components of the sector. The unified thought presents the sphere of psychology with a well-defined material, permitting either educational psychologists can be capable of enhance a shared language and conceptual foundation.


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"...the writer takes at the tremendous bold problem of defining psychology, articulating conceptually its family members with different sciences, opting for its key theoretical ideas, and resolving its a variety of schisms (research/practice, neuroscience/social technological know-how, animal/human, bewildering array of doubtless nonoverlapping theories and therapies)...He has a great skill to explain, examine, and summarize in a couple of pages huge and complex parts of analysis (attributions, cognitive dissonance, behavioral versions of depression.......) with no getting slowed down in research details...I in particular loved the extra own information and anecdotes the e-book layout gave him the gap to incorporate -- e.g., improvement of the "Justification Hypothesis" because the "joint point" among brain and tradition takes to the air from his reflections on why he used to be overdue getting domestic for dinner one evening in grad tuition. and a few of his reviews on psychotherapy integration take as aspect of departure distinctive research of what he saw as undertaking director for a scientific trial of cognitive remedy in prevention of recurrent suicide makes an attempt that by no means made the ultimate released file of the study...All advised, it's now not mild studying, but when you take pleasure in considering enormous photo subject matters you'll find loads of nutrients for idea here." (Dave Haaga, American college, September 2011)

"Like sociology and anthropology, psychology is outlined through incompatible competing colleges of thought.and can't be thought of a mature technology, simply because there isn't any feel within which every one new release of researchers builds upon the center analytical insights of earlier generations of researchers… This e-book is written for medical and examine psychologists, and as a result avoids one of these mathematical version development and axiomatization that's attribute of mature sciences… Henriques notes that it really is nearly most unlikely to outline modern psychology simply because many psychologists contemplate psychology to be a conception of the workings of the brain, whereas others deny the idea of "mind" altogether, and restrict themselves to modeling saw habit. hence, Henriques takes his first objective to be that of "locating" the sphere ontologically. He argues that there's a Tree of data with 4 segments. the 1st is "Matter," that's studied by way of physics, chemistry, geology, and astronomy. the second one is "Life," studied through biology. The 3rd is "Mind," that is the subject material of psychology, and the fourth, and optimum, is "Culture," studied via the social sciences. Henriques can pay precise recognition to the 3 issues of junction among segments of the Tree of information. He says the Matter-Life junction is modeled via organic evolutionary thought, the Life-Mind junction is modeled by way of what he calls Behavioral funding thought, and the Mind-Culture junction is modeled through what he calls Justification idea. via Behavioral funding concept, Henriques capacity basically the rational selection version of determination, organic and monetary concept, even though he provides a size of complexity to human habit through asserting that Justification conception calls for a "rational emotional actor" that's not thoroughly modeled in general rational selection conception (p., 46). i'd upload that Henriques additionally contains video game thought as a part of Behavioral funding thought, just because decision-making while there are a number of brokers concerned calls for game-theoretic reasoning. This standpoint is simple to monetary thought. In biology, the extension of selection thought (e.g., foraging thought) to video game thought used to be pioneered via John Maynard Smith, Evolution and the idea of video games (Cambridge college Press, 1982), and now could be usual in all of animal habit conception. In Henriques' cutting edge terminology, social interactions are ruled through an "Influence Matrix," that's a part of the psychology of the person who regulates how the person pertains to others. Henriques stresses the emotional facet of such interplay and avoids all video game theoretic reasoning in addition to any research of the position of incentives and payoffs within the collection of behaviors ruled by means of the impression Matrix… i feel Henriques' espousal of Behavioral funding conception is an important integrating proposal during this ebook. If this precept on my own have been included uniformly all through study psychology, it can supply a lot of the sought-for analytical core…A New Unified idea of Psychology is terrifically tough, to the purpose of maybe being a brand new starting for psychology as a learn discipline.” (Herb Gintis, Santa Fe Institute and significant eu college, September 2011)

“Offers a suite of nested frameworks that places assorted components of mental examine and perform right into a coherent dating with one another. … it's also beneficial that the publication has first-class transitions, with summaries usually reminding the readers the place they've been and expecting the place they're going. … If i'll educate a graduate-level advent to Psychology, this may be the e-book. If i'll suggest one ebook to colleagues distraught on the fragmented nature of the sector, this could be the book.” (Eric P. Charles, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. fifty seven (26), July, 2012)

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Following the loss of life of the so-called grand theories provided through luminaries like Sigmund Freud, B. F. Skinner, and Carl Rogers, the sector of psychology mostly gave up its early aspirations to color a extensive photo of the human , and now the self-discipline focuses totally on empirical difficulties that experience a comparatively slim scope. The end result has been a proliferation of fascinating findings without actual ability to respond to massive questions or to generate a shared normal figuring out of the human . This e-book seeks to alter the established order and gives up a brand new unified idea of psychology that redefines the technology and the career and paints a brand new photo of human nature within the approach.

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A New Unified thought of Psychology

“The box of psychology is understood for its paradoxical mixture of sweeping scope and ambitious micro-theories, at the one hand, and fragmentation and internecine squabbling, at the different. To this scenario, any critical attempt to supply integration and harmony inside of mental wisdom and knowing is heartily welcomed. And Henriques' attempt during this regard isn't just severe, yet essentially the most cogent, scholarly, refined, fantastically reasoned, truly articulated, and accessibly written displays of a unified concept in psychology that i've got visible in my 50 years within the discipline.”

Daniel B. Fishman, writer of The Case for Pragmatic Psychology,
Professor, Rutgers University

“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 wide, values-based, and medical framework which holds the ability 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 ebook, Henriques makes a robust case for why daring efforts are wanted within the fragmented realm of mental examine and idea. even if various readers will most likely make diverse judgments approximately how good Henriques has succeeded in his goals, it however is an act of highbrow bold that could might be encourage psychologists to seem open air the slender confines of a unmarried laboratory paradigm and open their considering to find out how to deal with the entire diversity of human habit and experience.”

Paul L. Wachtel, writer of healing Communication,
Distinguished Professor, CUNY

“Concise, erudite, and useful, this booklet is a manifesto that demanding situations psychology to maneuver previous fragmented domain names of information to a consilient framework, for you 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 offered during this seminal quantity through a number one scholar.”

Jeffrey Magnavita, writer of character Guided Relational Psychotherapy,

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Behavioral Investment Theory consists of six fundamental principles that are generally well known in animal behavioral science, but are often not put together. 1 This is not to say that deep biological theory is totally complete, only that a consensually agreed upon outline has been achieved. Biological researchers have still not solved the fundamental problem of how life began. Thus, deeper insights are still to be made, perhaps along the lines of self-organization or nonequilibrium thermodynamics.

I could have pulled any nonfiction book off my shelf and found a similar opening; each book contains a system of thought or argument that must be justified. Of course, this book is no exception. Indeed, the unified theory itself is a justification system. Now turn on the television. What are advertisements, but displays legitimizing the purchase of the product, either explicitly or implicitly? Turn to a talk show, a political commentary, or a show documenting legal or political proceedings. Or watch a drama or comedy or any other show with people regularly interacting.

For example, if confronted with a poisonous snake (foreground), a herpetologist, a Pentecostal worshiper, and a snake phobic would each have radically different experiences because of their radically different background structures. Toward a New Vision 27 In critiquing the unified theory, Viney (2004, p. ” My retort is that the unified theory provides the ultimate map of the general background structure that can coherently frame but not imprison the infinite variety of human experience. Because all human experiences are the interaction between background and foreground structures, pluralism is both inevitable and, from a value-based standpoint, something to be wholeheartedly embraced.

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