1 Introduction.- 1: General Historical and Theoretical Perspectives.- 2 On the Implications of the Relativity/Quantum Revolution for Psychology.- 3 Changing the Known; Knowing the Changing: The General Systems Theory Metatheory as a Conceptual Framework to Study Complex Change and Complex Thoughts.- 2: Contextualist Perspectives.- 4 William James' Pragmatism: A Clarification of the Contextual World View.- 5 Contextualism, Naturalistic Inquiry, and the Need for New Science: A Rethinking of Everyday Memory Aging and Childhood Sexual Abuse.- 6 The Contextual-Epistemic Approach to Psychotherapy.- 7 Discovering the Social-Cultural Context of Research: Listening to and Learning from Research Participants.- 3: Dialectical, Organismic Perspectives.- 8 Dependent-Independence in Adult-Child Relationships.- 9 The Dialectics of Forgetting and Remembering Across the Adult Lifespan.- 10 Toward a Constructive-Developmental Understanding of the Dialectics of Individuality and Irrationality.- 11 Change and Stability in Marital Interaction Patterns: A Developmental Model.- 12 The Nuclear Crisis: Insights from Metatheory and Clinical Change Theories.- Author Index.
One goal of this volume is to critically examine existing metatheory in psychology. Its second goal is to portray how particular psychological endeavors can be enhanced by the application of metatheories, alternatives to the traditional mechanistic outlook. The alternative conceptual frameworks explored in this volume, namely, contextualism and dialectics, assume a fluid and metaphorical view of change, growth, development, and transformation. The areas of clinical and developmental psychology are fields wich are primarily concerned with explaining and promoting change. This volume offers a fresh conceptual perspective on psychological change.
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