Some discontents with theoretical unification: A response to Henriques' “Psychology Defined”
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 1279–1281, December 2004
How to Cite
Yanchar, S. C. (2004), Some discontents with theoretical unification: A response to Henriques' “Psychology Defined”. J. Clin. Psychol., 60: 1279–1281. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20074
- Issue published online: 4 NOV 2004
- Article first published online: 6 OCT 2004
In response to Henriques' article “Psychology Defined” (this issue), I argue that theoretical unification should not be pursued for its own sake and that many psychologists are unlikely to endorse the specific unifying principles of the Tree of Knowledge System. It is suggested that other scholarly endeavors such as the open pursuit of truth, sustained dialogue among diverse discourse communities, and critical reflection on psychological theories and practice are more important than theoretical unification. © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Clin Psychol.