Zero-Variable Theories and the Psychology of the Explainer

Zero-Variable Theories and the Psychology of the Explainer by Robert A. Wicklund

ISBN10: 0387971653
ISBN13: 978-0387971650
Author: Robert A. Wicklund
Title: Zero-Variable Theories and the Psychology of the Explainer
Publisher: Springer; 1990 edition (April 23, 1990)
Language: English
Size ePub: 1824 kb
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Subcategory: Medicine & Health Sciences

Zero-Variable Theories and the Psychology of the Explainer by Robert A. Wicklund



In Zero-Variable Theories, Dr. Robert Wicklund invites the reader to consider the psychological perspective of the "explainer". In examining the over-simplifications that have become dominant in modern psychology, the author points to such factors as competition with other explainers and pressure to offer and promulgate a unique explanation. The explainer is characterized as equating theory with simple, fixed categories, and as defending those categories as one would defend a personal territory, fending off competing explainers through mis-use of statistical devices. The end result is the formulation of theories that neglect the perspectives of those whose behaviors are to be explained, and which simultaneously exclude psychological variables.

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