Psychology on a New Foundation: A Proposal for the Future
- Volume 1
- Winter 1973
- Psychology on a New Foundation: A Proposal for the Future
Modern psychology has been shaped by three major forces: Clinical psychology, which grew out of Freudian psychoanalysis; experimental psychology, which has been modeled after Watson's behaviorism; and more recently, the humanistic psychology of Maslow and others. Each of these forces has sought to understand and mold human behavior, but each has had limited success many psychologists today are trying to find ways to make psychology more effective. The present paper suggests that psychology's problems can be traced to an inadequate set of foundational presuppositions. It is argued that if we are to keep from disintegrating and fading into possible insignificance, psychology must re-examine its underlying presuppositions and must change these to conform to principles that are revealed in the Bible. This may result in a significant change in the future methods, content, and direction of psychology.
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