The Unity of Man: Humanism and Behaviorism Reconciled

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 249–250. Reviews the book, Humanism and Behaviorism: Dialogue and Growth by Abraham Wandersman, Paul J. Poppen, and David E. Ricks (Eds.) (see record 1977-11725-000). This book consists of a series of sober statements about personality changes and psychotherapy by prominent psychologists of humanistic as well as behavioristic persuasion. Unfortunately, it is not a tightly organized book; it lacks form, it is often repetitive, and it is uneven in quality. In the opening chapter, the editors discuss the question. What can humanistic and behavioristic psychologists say to each other? Part 3 of the eight parts of the book contains short contributions by Rychlak and by Mischel, and is concerned with the ongoing debate concerning whether the “self” concept is theoretically and practically of use to the discipline of psychology. The synthesis is well stated by the editors in the the final chapter of this collection of essays and comments. Indeed, their contributions throughout the volume make good reading, are thought provoking, and make one wish for more by the same authors. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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