If Psychology Is the Patient, Who Is the Physician?

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(7), 576–577. Reviews the book, Current Crises of Psychology by Gordon Westland (see record 1980-51653-000). The author lists and discusses every imaginable crisis. He presents the problem fairly and strongly, and notes that if we did not have the embarrassment of inutility, we probably would be spared some of our other, often navel-gazing crises. Unfortunately, author accepts a definition of current psychology that is quite dated. Theoretical and methodological confrontations are often described in terms of behaviorist, psychoanalytic, and “third force” positions. Statistical problems are described in terms of the large N research of the 1950s and '60s. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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