Unscientific Psychology: A Cultural-Performatory Approach to Understanding Human Life

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9780275954123: Unscientific Psychology: A Cultural-Performatory Approach to Understanding Human Life

Taking a unique post-postmodern approach to the current crisis in psychology, this book is at once a narrative of the family history of philosophy, modern science, and psychology and a critique of methodology in current psychological practice. Arguing that psychology today is a pseudoscientific hoax, the authors deconstruct three of its most powerful myths: the myth of the individual, the myth of mental illness, and the myth of development. They tell the story of how these myths were constructed out of age-old philosophical abstractions to create a world and a discourse of godlike psychological objects. Synthesizing the anti-foundationalism of two pre-postmodernists, Lev Vygotsky and Ludwig Wittgenstein, the authors urge the construction of a distinctly unscientific psychology―an approach to understanding human life that is cultural, relational, and performatory rather than scientific.

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FRED NEWMAN is Director of Training at The East Side Institute for Short-term Psychotherapy in New York City.

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Newman, Fred, Holzman, Lois
Published by Praeger (1996)
ISBN 10: 0275954129 ISBN 13: 9780275954123
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