Existential-Phenomenological Perspectives in Psychology

Existential-Phenomenological Perspectives in Psychology

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When I began to study psychology a half century ago, it was defined as qthe study of behavior and experience.q By the time I completed my doctorate, shortly after the end of World War II, the last two words were fading rapidly. In one of my first graduate classes, a course in statistics, the professor announced on the first day, qWhatever exists, exists in some number.q We dutifully wrote that into our notes and did not pause to recognize that thereby all that makes life meaningful was being consigned to oblivion. This bland restructuring-perhaps more accurately, destruction-of the world was typical of its time, 1940. The influence of a narrow scientistic attitude was already spreading throughout the learned disciplines. In the next two decades it would invade and tyrannize the qsocial sciences, q education, and even philosophy. To be sure, quantification is a powerful tool, selectively employed, but too often it has been made into an executioner's axe to deny actuality to all that does not yield to its procrustean demands.Finally, psychologists have discovered a greater reward from helping rather than testing clients, and greater prestige, independence, and ... First, if the following assessment practices seem rather obvious or commonsensical, remember the objectifying, ... childrena€) (see reports by Fischer, 1985, 1987, and in Tallent, 1976, for examples of psychodiagnostic studies). ... was all about, I I was told that a€œthis student didna#39;t score at grade expectancy on social studies achievement tests , and Ianbsp;...

Title:Existential-Phenomenological Perspectives in Psychology
Author:Ronald S. Valle, Steen Halling
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2013-03-08


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