Behavior and Personality: Psychological Behaviorism by Walter W. Staats PhD

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By Walter W. Staats PhD

Collage of Hawaii. Presentation of the author's behaviorally-based theoretical version, for researchers and clinicians. Elaborates on a unified version incorporating baby improvement, character, and irregular habit.

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For example, schizophrenia involves disturbances especially in the language-cognitive and emotionalmotivational repertoires, phobias involve only a part of the latter repertoire, and the various subtypes of depression differ in the repertoires, life events, or biological conditions involved. Clinical psychology Psychological, behavior therapy: The various levels of psychological a. behaviorism are applied to clinical problems involving various methods of treatment. The basic learning principles can be employed to directly treat simple problems.

Rather, each level had to be confronted, not comprehensively, at least at first, but by sampling problems at that level. Thus, PB Behaviorizing Psychology and Psychologizing Behaviorism 27 included studies and made analyses in each of the major levels of study. And, in each case that created a framework theory (see Staats, 1963a, 1975), not by rejection of knowledge without due process, but by dealing with psychology's complexity in a sampling manner, not all at once. The framework theory methodology involves constructing a theoretical skeleton, an open and developing theory.

PB's philosophy of unified science, its aim of unification of behaviorism and psychology, its methodology of behaviorizing psychology, and the psychologizing behaviorism products of this endeavor stamp PB as a new type of theory. For these characteristics result in fundamental differences in PB across the purview of its interests. One purpose of the present work is to characterize PB as a broad, overarching, unified theory. FIELDS AND LEVELS: PB'S MULTILEVEL THEORY APPROACH Establishing the relationships among the broad range of types of phenomena in psychology with respect to one another constitutes fundamental work for the science.

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