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Re-Envisioning Psychology: Moral Dimensions of Theory and Practice

Re-Envisioning Psychology: Moral Dimensions of Theory and Practice

Frank C. Richardson, Blaine J. Fowers, Charles B. Guignon

ISBN: 978-0-470-44763-5

Mar 1999, Jossey-Bass

368 pages

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$52.00

Description

In the twentieth century, the practice of psychology has usually been based on a scientific or objective theory of human behavior. Today, an influential countermovement, often called social constructionism, argues that there is no basis for our beliefs or values beyond the swirl of meanings and practices in a particular community or era. Re-envisioning Psychology examines the increasing dissatisfaction with both scientific and social constructionist viewpoints and presents a sweeping new vision of theory and practice in psychology.

"Re-envisioning Psychology is a breath of fresh air, a clear and resounding voice that provides an intellectual and moral direction that, if heeded and built upon, could lead psychology out of the confusion and political collusion in which it is currently mired. Richardson, Fowers, and Guignon have imaginatively applied interpretive and dialogic concepts to the most troubling aspects of theory and practice. If psychology is going to be saved from its own worst tAndencies, this book will be an indispensable element in its turning."
--Philip Cushman, associate professor, California School of Professional Psychology and author of Constructing the Self, Constructing America: A Cultural History of Psychotherapy

Acknowledgments

Introduction 1

Part 1 Ethical Underpinnings of Modern Psychotherapy

1 Dilemmas of Modern Culture 25

2 Freedom and Commitment in Modern Psychotherapy 53

3 Individualism, Family Ideology, and Family Therapy 73

4 The Challenge of Psychotherapy Integration 91

5 Existential Psychotherapy: A Reassessment 114

Part 2 Beyond Scientism and Constructionism

6 Cognitive Theory of Aggression: A Case Study 141

7 Individualism, Marital Research, and the Good Marriage 156

8 Clashing Views of Social Inquiry 173

9 What Is Hermeneutics? 199

Part 3 Toward an Interpretive Psychology

10 Rethinking Psychotherapy 239

11 Social Theory as Practice 277

References 307

About the Authors 325

Name Index 327

Subject Index 333