Systems & Theories | Readings

Weeks 1-2: Groundwork

Green, C.D. (2015). Why Psychology isn’t unified, and probably never will be. Review of General Psychology, 19, 207-214.

Bergner, R.M. (2010). What is descriptive psychology? An introduction. In K. Davis, F. Lubuguin, & W. Schwartz (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology, Vol. 9 (pp. 325–360). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Hibberd, F. (2014). The metaphysical basis of a process psychology. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 34, 161-186.

Weeks 3-5: Methodology

Tafreshi, D., Slaney, K. L., & Neufeld, S. D. (2016). Quantification in psychology: Critical analysis of an unreflective practice. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 36, 233-249.

Michell, J. (2013). Constructs, inferences, and mental measurement. New Ideas in Psychology, 31, 13-21.

Smedslund, J. (2016). Why psychology cannot be an empirical science. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 50, 185-195.

Giorgi, A. (2013). Reflections on the status and direction of Psychology: An external historical perspective. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, 44, 244-261.

Wertz, F. J. (2014). Qualitative inquiry in the history of psychology. Qualitative Psychology, 1, 4-16.

Week 6: Behaviour

Bergner, R.M. (2016). What is behaviour? And why is it not reducible to biological states of affairs? Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 36, 41-55.

Gozli, D.G. (in press). Behaviour versus performance: The veiled commitment of experimental psychology. Theory & Psychology.

Marken, R. S. (2009). You say you had a revolution: Methodological foundations of closed-loop psychology. Review of General Psychology, 13(2), 137-145.

Week 7: Person

Bergner, R.M. (in press). What is a person?  What is the self? Formulations for a science of psychology.  Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology.

DeYoung, C.G. (2015). Cybernetic big five theory. Journal of Research in Personality, 56, 33-58.

Lamiell, J. T. (2000). A periodic table of personality elements? The” Big Five” and trait” psychology” in critical perspective. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 20(1), 1-24.

Weeks 8-9: Goals

Hommel, B. (2015). Between persistence and flexibility: The Yin and Yang of action control. In: A.J. Elliot (ed.), Advances in Motivation Science, Vol. 2 (pp. 33-67). New York: Elsevier.

Brandtstädter, J., & Rothermund, K. (2002). The life-course dynamics of goal pursuit and goal adjustment: A two-process framework. Developmental Review, 22(1), 117-150.

Powers, W. T. (1998). Making Sense of Behavior. New Canaan, CT: Benchmark. (Read chapters 1-3)

Week 10: Games

Billig, M. (1996). Arguing and thinking: A rhetorical approach to social psychology. Cambridge University Press. (Read chapter 2)

Berne, E. (1964). Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships. (Read chapter 5)

Goffman, E. (1956). The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. (Read chapter 1)

Weeks 11-12: Meaning

Bergner, R. M. (1998). Therapeutic approaches to problems of meaninglessness. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 52(1), 72-87.

Peterson, J. B. (1999). Précis of Maps of meaning: The architecture of Belief. Psycoloquy, 10, 1-31.

Bergner, R. M. (2005). World reconstruction in psychotherapy. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 59, 333-349.

Pressing, J. (1984). Cognitive processes in improvisation. Advances in Psychology, 19, 345-363.