Originally published in 1988, this title explores and contrasts means and ends psychology with conventional psychology – that of stimuli and response. The author develops this comparison by exploring the general nature of psychological phenomena and clarifying many persistent doubts about psychology. She contrasts conventional psychology (stimuli and responses) involving reductionistic, organocentric, and mechanistic metatheory with alternative psychology (means and ends) that is autonomous, contextual, and evolutionary.
Table of Contents
Preface 1. Psychology as Protoscience 2. Subject Matter 3. Origins 4. Consensible Reality 5. Acts as Raw Materials 6. Means and Ends 7. Contingencies 8. Radical Behaviorism 9. Organism and Person 10. More on Persons 11. Structure and Content 12. Means-End Interpretation 13. Stimulus-Response Psychology 14. Final Comments. References. Author Index. Subject Index.