Appraisal of 100 Years of Development and the Present State of Psychology

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 190–191. Reviews the book, Psychologie in der modernen Gesellschaft by Hans Thomae (1977). This timely book consists of three main parts. The first is “The Social History of Psychology”. The second part, “The Situation of Psychology at the End of Its First Century” deals with the expansion of psychological activities since 1950. The third part, “The Role of Psychology in the Present Society” gives an overview of psychological activities in education, health, law and criminology, and economics and politics. Throughout the book, the author attempts to show that the direction of scientific development is the result of a multiplicity of social processes: group-formation, actions of individuals within an existing institution, processes of disintegration and integration, economic and political changes. The author attempts to stay in the middle of the road between the various schools of psychology. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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