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Simplistic approaches to complex psychic phenomena

Smith, Gudmund LU (2005) In Nordisk Psykologi: Teori, Forskning, Praksis 57(3). p.203-208
Abstract
Psychology's subject-matter is, admittedly, complicated and difficult to handle. Over the years psychologists have tried various approaches to make their endeavours more plain and manageable. One attempt at simplification is to deny the subjective side of psychic reality and exclusively focus behavioral facts. Another way is reduction of psychic events to somatic counterparts. And a third alternative implies concentration on surface manifestations to the detriment of in-depth penetration. The article attempts to show that the depth-to-surface contradictions represented in all of these simplifictions can most easily be subsumed under a process approach to the study of psychology where the subjective starting-point of process represents... (More)
Psychology's subject-matter is, admittedly, complicated and difficult to handle. Over the years psychologists have tried various approaches to make their endeavours more plain and manageable. One attempt at simplification is to deny the subjective side of psychic reality and exclusively focus behavioral facts. Another way is reduction of psychic events to somatic counterparts. And a third alternative implies concentration on surface manifestations to the detriment of in-depth penetration. The article attempts to show that the depth-to-surface contradictions represented in all of these simplifictions can most easily be subsumed under a process approach to the study of psychology where the subjective starting-point of process represents depth and its outcome, the objective surface. (Less)
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Nordisk Psykologi: Teori, Forskning, Praksis
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57
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3
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203 - 208
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Dansk Psykologisk Forlag
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0029-1463
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  abstract     = {Psychology's subject-matter is, admittedly, complicated and difficult to handle. Over the years psychologists have tried various approaches to make their endeavours more plain and manageable. One attempt at simplification is to deny the subjective side of psychic reality and exclusively focus behavioral facts. Another way is reduction of psychic events to somatic counterparts. And a third alternative implies concentration on surface manifestations to the detriment of in-depth penetration. The article attempts to show that the depth-to-surface contradictions represented in all of these simplifictions can most easily be subsumed under a process approach to the study of psychology where the subjective starting-point of process represents depth and its outcome, the objective surface.},
  author       = {Smith, Gudmund},
  issn         = {0029-1463},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {203--208},
  publisher    = {Dansk Psykologisk Forlag},
  series       = {Nordisk Psykologi: Teori, Forskning, Praksis},
  title        = {Simplistic approaches to complex psychic phenomena},
  volume       = {57},
  year         = {2005},
}