5 approaches to psychology

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what are the 5 major approaches to psychology? and how can we summarize them?

-- gada ali (gangstalover4eva@hotmail.com), October 02, 2002


What makes you think thre are exactly five?

-- Christopher Green (christo@yorku.ca), October 02, 2002.

One way to begin to think about the major fields of psychology is to look at the list of APA divisions posted at http://www.apa.org/about/division.html The history of most of these divisions is included in the 5-volume history edited by Donald Dewsbury and published by the American Psychological Association: Unification Through Divisions: Histories of the Divisions of the American Psychological Association. THere is information about these books at the APA booksite:

-- Hendrika Vande Kemp (hendrika@earthlink.net), October 03, 2002.

One more thought. Historians sometimes speak of five schools of psychology: structuralism, functionalism, behaviorism, Gestalt, and psychoanalysis. For a summary of these, consult any major history of psychology textbook or an encyclopedia of psychology.

-- Hendrika Vande Kemp (hendrika@earthlink.net), October 04, 2002.

Interestingly, one of the popular introductory psychology textbooks (Hilgard et al. _Psychology_) defines five perspectives in psychology: behavioral, cognitive, biological, psycho-analytic, and phenomenological. Maybe the person who asked the original question was confused by this typology? It certainly doesn't seem to count as correct or complete (e.g., developmental, social, and evolutionary aspects of psychology are left out).

-- Casper Hulshof (c.d.hulshof@utwente.nl), October 08, 2002.

According to my introductory psychology textbook, William Glassman has appropriate categorized psychology into the following 5 approaches:

Biological Behaviorist Cognitive Psychodynamic Humanistic


either check out the resource links at the site, or simply take a look through the text at the library (shouldnt be hard to find).

hope this helps.

-- St.Thomas More (aleung@ryerson.ca), November 05, 2002.

there are five major approaches in psychology.these are: 1. physiology approach which deals with the genetic makeup of an individual. i.e. "why some people like war" the Physiologist psychologist will explain this in terms of the genes for activeness. 2. psychodynamic psychology which forcusses on past experience. 3. behaviourim psychology which deals with the envioroment. due to lack of time as i am using a fee paying street computer, i am unable to finish. hope you will get sense mrof eht ffats evoba

-- Friends99 Thambia (friendzambia@yahoo.co.uk), November 10, 2002.

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