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Society for General Psychology

  1. Michael Wertheimer1,
  2. Donald A. Dewsbury2

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0905

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Wertheimer, M. and Dewsbury, D. A. 2010. Society for General Psychology. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Colorado at Boulder

  2. 2

    University of Florida

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


When in 1945, a little over a half century after it was founded, the American Psychological Association (APA) reorganized itself to include the perspectives of the American Association of Applied Psychology and other groups, it inaugurated a division structure that has been an integral part of the APA ever since. The various divisions were intended to appeal to special interests (e.g., teaching, clinical psychology, experimental psychology, testing, counseling, personality). The exception was the first of the now more than 50 divisions, the Division of General Psychology. The mission of this division was and is overarching and integrative; it became a microcosm of the entire APA, endeavoring to deal with the “general problems of psychology considered both as science and as a profession,” as well as with the “relationship among specialties in psychology” and the “relationships of psychology to other areas of human knowledge.” In 1998, the division's name was changed to the Society for General Psychology in order to provide “greater recognition and authority outside of APA and give the integrative, synthesizing discipline ‘General Psychology' greater identity and visibility.”


  • general psychology;
  • integrative psychology;
  • psychology organization