International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Subjective Paper | Psychology | United States of America | Volume 12 Issue 10, October 2023 | Rating: 4.6 / 10

On the Unification of Psychological Theory: Our Quandary

Alexander G. Fowler [3]

Abstract: This thesis explores the feasibility of and the rich fruits that psychology can enjoy by integrating the distinct theoretical orientations into a holistic understanding of the human psyche. Drawing parallels between various branches, such as cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, humanistic views, and psychoanalysis, this paper directly challenges the predominant, albeit tacit, tribalism of the theoretical orientations. This paper holds that seemingly contradictory theories not only can coexist but inherently do and that it is only the tribalism we have selfishly developed which blinds us - to the detriment of research, clinical practice, science, and culture. Advocating for a unified, truly evidence - based approach, this paper stresses the need to move beyond isolationist theoretical silos for enhanced patient outcomes and the progressive evolution of the field. By championing a unified theoretical framework, this thesis prompts students and professionals to revisit and reconcile diverse perspectives, even if uncomfortable, creating a more comprehensive and nuanced understanding of humankind.

Keywords: Psychology integration, Theoretical orientations, Cognitive psychology, Neuropsychology, Unified framework

Edition: Volume 12 Issue 10, October 2023,

Pages: 1579 - 1581

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