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By Kenneth P. Hillner (Eds.)

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ISBN-13: 9780444877413

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ASSUMPTION ONE The psychological universe is composed of only three possible real-time and realspace entities: the self, one or more significant other, and the physical environment. The self and significant other appear as circles on the figure and help carve out two separate regions of the psychological space: the area above the bisecting horizontal line subsumes phenomena associated with the self; the area below the line subsumes phenomena associated with the significant other. The environmental milieu in which both the self and significant other exist is not conveniently representable by the figure.

5. A model o f psychological reality constitutes an indivisible whole, either at t h e metaphysical or epistemological level, in t h e sense t h a t its compone n t s are mutually interdependent and codetermined. 6. A model o f psychological reality must entail the change imperative, either at t h e descriptive or normative level. An immutable psychological uni- verse would be vacuous at a metaphysical level. 7. Both t h e process o f constructing a model o f psychological reality and the resulting model itself must bear a meaningful relationship t o t h e physical means o f production characteristic o f a given society or culture.

Psychodynamics is judged in terms o f insular goals, which in turn are implicitly evaluated by social and cultural attitudes, which are philosophically analyzed in turn in a never ending cycle. Various approaches to psycho- dynamics wax and wane as ineluctable components an ever changing cultural milieu. of They do not un- fold on a linearly accumulating route to absolute truth. For instance, cognitive psychology is vfin,vt then then again; certain skills are treated as educable, not educable, then educable again; the nativistic and empiristic approaches to perception alternate in degree o f acceptability; consciousness is alternately regarded as causative and epiphenomena1 in a never ending cycle.

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