ERIC Number: ED265773
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
General Psychology: Too Much to Give Away.
Davis, Stephen F.
The idea of making general psychology more accessible to and/or usable by the general public is considered (i.e., the idea of giving psychology away). A larger and related question is whether general psychology, as an academic course and as an orientation to psychology, should be approached as general studies. One impediment to giving psychology away is the size and complexity of the field. There are 44 divisions of the American Psychological Association that include such areas as general, teaching, physiological and comparative, and public service psychology. The size and complexity of the field may also have created the impression that the field lacks unity and cohesion. Some have proposed that psychology be dissected into smaller parts that would more readily be accepted by consumers. It is argued that this proposal would be detrimental to psychology in general. It is suggested that psychologists might help others appreciate the importance and uniqueness of the total field, not "pushing" psychology as a panacea, but rather acknowledging that the field is large and loosely organized and is still having growing pains. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (Los Angeles, CA, August 23-27, 1985).