Defining psychology: What can it do for us?
Article first published online: 6 OCT 2004
Copyright © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Special Issue: Defining Psychology: Articles and Commentaries on a New Unified Theory (Part 1)
Volume 60, Issue 12, pages 1227–1229, December 2004
How to Cite
Haaga, D. A.F. (2004), Defining psychology: What can it do for us?. J. Clin. Psychol., 60: 1227–1229. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20063
- Issue published online: 4 NOV 2004
- Article first published online: 6 OCT 2004
“Psychology,” like many abstract terms, is difficult to define precisely. Henriques' (this issue) argument that psychology, though unified and coherent, actually spans two realms—psychological formalism (“the science of mind,” this issue) and human psychology (“the science of human behavior at the individual level,” this issue)—seems likely to improve the clarity of the concept. The strongest contribution of his analysis may be its placing “psychology” in the larger conceptual framework of the Tree of Knowledge taxonomy. © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Clin Psychol.