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December 1963

Frontiers of Psychology.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1963;9(6):638-639. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1963.01720180110023

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Psychologists as a group are rather notorious in their pursuit of the appropriate conceptual schemas into which can be ordered the richness and complexities of human experience. Systems, theories, methodologies and what have you, are laboriously arrived at, hailed, lived with, and after an initial romance are ultimately found wanting in lesser or greater degrees. Thus, there has been, especially among clinical psychologists, in the past two decades, a growing uneasiness with the cult of scientism, as embodied in the logical-positivist movement of the 30's and 40's, a disenchantment with rock-bound determinism, and a felt impoverishment of conceptionalization resulting from the rigid application of the S-R model to the arena of clinical phenomena. Gestaltists in the league with phenomenologists have always done battle with the molecular-reductionistic of their colleagues, and while the heat of conflict between the Hullians and Tolmanians has subsided, the lines are clearly drawn. Currently, the

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