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ERIC Number: ED162234
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 13
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Reference Count: 0
Synthesizing Humanism and Behaviorism.
Linder, Steven
The old argument of humanism versus behaviorism is slowly being replaced by a synthesis of these two foundations of thought. This slow professional recognition of synthesis is due to three basic shortcomings in the professional community rather than extreme differences in ideological thought. They are: (1) psychological terminology being equated with a specific foundation of thought; (2) lack of emphasis in developing bonds of similarity rather than contradiction when setting goals and encounters for professional development; and (3) lack of mutual professional recognition between humanists and behaviorists. It is suggested that the phrase "humanistic behaviorism" be applied more in the professional community, and interpreted as the practitioner's use of behavioral techniques and tools to reach humanistic goals. New directions in research for humanism-behaviorism are also mentioned, including the examination of the influence of humanistic and behavioral variables on communication, problem-solving, therapeutic, and learning outcomes. (Author/KA)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
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Language: English
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Note: For related document see ED 110 063