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The Hidden Worldviews of Psychology’s Theory, Research, and Practice

1st Edition

Edited by Brent D. Slife, Kari A. O'Grady, Russell D. Kosits


95 pages

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By revealing underlying assumptions that influence the field of psychology, The Hidden Worldviews of Psychology’s Theory, Research, and Practice challenges psychologists to reconsider the origins of ideas they may take as psychological truths. Worldviews, or the systems of assumptions that provide a framework for psychological thinking, have great influence on psychological theory, research, and practice. This book attempts to correct assumptions by describing the worldviews that have shaped psychological theory, practice, and research and demonstrating how taking worldviews into account can greatly advance psychology as a whole.


"This book provides a fascinating and illuminating exploration of the vital hidden assumptions in psychological theory, research, and practice. Slife, O’Grady, and Kosits have assembled an accessible, concise, must-read text for every psychologist and student of psychology. They wisely show us how our preconceptions guide our professional work without suggesting that we can purify that work of our grounded humanity." —Blaine J. Fowers, Professor of Counseling Psychology, University of Miami, USA

"Those of us who turn to the science of psychology for empirically-based answers concerning how to be a good person and lead a good life inevitably will be disappointed. The chapters in this splendid book explain why." —Jack Martin, Burnaby Mountain Endowed Professor of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Canada

"A duty of theoretical and philosophical psychology is to expand the boundaries of the discipline, profession, and our horizons. This book impressively accomplishes this task by focusing on the relevance of unquestioned worldviews in theory and practice. Karl Jaspers would have been intrigued." —Thomas Teo, Professor in the History of Theory of Psychology Program, York University, Canada.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Psychology’s Worldviews Brent D. Slife, Kari A. O'Grady, and Russell D. Kosits

2. The Sociocultural Dynamics of Worldviews in Psychology and their Challenges Eric L. Johnson

3. A Prominent Worldview of Professional Psychology Brent D. Slife, Greg Martin, and Sondra Sasser

4. A Prominent Worldview of Psychological Research Kari A. O’Grady and Brent D. Slife

5. Cultures, Worlds, and World-Views Louise Sundararajan

6. Toward Worldview Pluralism in Psychology Russell D. Kosits

About the Editors

Brent D. Slife is Professor of Psychology, Brigham Young University, USA and the present Editor-in-Chief of the APA Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. He has authored over 200 articles and 10 books, and continues his psychotherapy practice of over 30 years.

Kari A. O’Grady is Associate Professor of Psychology and Pastoral Counseling, Loyola University Maryland, USA. She is the director for the Center for Trauma Studies and Resilience Leadership.

Russell D. Kosits is Associate Professor and Chair of Psychology, Redeemer University College, Canada.

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