Humanism and Behaviorism

Humanism and Behaviorism

Dialogue and Growth

1st Edition - January 1, 1976

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  • Editors: Abraham Wandersman, Paul J. Poppen, David F. Ricks
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483140124

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Humanism and Behaviorism: Dialogue and Growth explores issues in humanistic and behavioristic approaches to personality change. It seeks to: demonstrate the value of a dialogue between humanism and behaviorism; clarify controversies between the two approaches; evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each approach; and show the potential of syntheses between parts of each approach to develop new and useful integrations. This book is comprised of 20 chapters and begins with an overview of the state of humanism and behaviorism and the controversies that have divided them, along with the possible frameworks for combining the two. The next section focuses on the person, techniques of therapy, and therapist control. Behavior therapy as a humanitarian enterprise is considered. Subsequent chapters assess the effectiveness of humanistic and behavioristic approaches to personality change and the compatibilities between them. The theory of affective behaviorism and its application to effectively teach children with behavior problems to develop self-control is described. Self and personality are also discussed from humanistic and behavioristic viewpoints. Finally, some possible directions for the future of humanism and behaviorism are suggested. This monograph should be useful to undergraduate and graduate students in clinical and personality psychology; to those who intend to do research in and/or practice psychotherapy; and to academicians and professionals in psychology, philosophy, psychiatry, social work, and counseling.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    The Editors


    Part I What are Humanism and Behaviorism and What Can They Say to Each Other?

    Part II. II.A. A Symposium-Humanistic and Behavioristic Approaches to Personality Change

    Part II. II.B. Therapy Sessions Led by Sidney Jourard and Joseph Wolpe



    Changing Personal Worlds: A Humanistic Perspective

    Dr. Jourard-Questions and Answers

    Behavior Therapy: A Humanitarian Enterprise

    Dr. Wolpe-Questions and Answers



    Existential Quest

    Initial Interview in a Hypochondrical Neurosis

    A Densensitization Session

    Comments on Therapy Transcripts

    Part III Self and Personality—Humanistic and Behavioristic Viewpoints


    Is a Concept of "Self" Necessary in Psychological Theory, and if so Why? A Humanistic Perspective

    The Self as the Person: A Cognitive Social Learning View

    Comments on "The Self as the Person"

    Comments on "Is a Concept of 'Self' Necessary?"

    Part IV Viability of the Two Approaches


    Psychotherapeutic Outcome and Issues Related to Behavioral and Humanistic Approaches

    Part V Questions of Compatibility and Synthesis of the Two Approaches


    Behavioristic and Humanistic Approaches: Compatible or Incompatible?

    The Incommensurability of Humanistic and Behavioristic Approaches to Behavior Change: An Empirical Response

    Part VI Applications of Complementary Ideas and Syntheses of Humanism and Behaviorism


    Appropriate Expression Training-Humanistic Behavior Therapy

    The Compatibility of Humanistic and Behavioristic Approaches in a State Mental Hospital

    Affective Behaviorism: A Synthesis of Humanism and Behaviorism with Children

    Part VII Humanism and Behaviorism in Broader Perspective


    Humanistic and Behavioral Approaches from a Life History Perspective

    Models for Man, Value Systems, and Intervention Strategies: A Sociological Critique of Wolpe and Jourard

    Behavioral Ecology and Humanistic and Behavioristic Approaches to Change

    Behavior Theory and the Models of Man

    Part VIII Humanism and Behaviorism: Toward New Syntheses


    Psychotherapy Cases and Clients discussed

    Name Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 456
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 2013
  • Published: January 1, 1976
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483140124

About the Editors

Abraham Wandersman

Paul J. Poppen

David F. Ricks

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