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The Mission of Theoretical Psychology(PDF)

《南京师范大学学报(社会科学版)》[ISSN:1006-6977/CN:61-1281/TN]

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2013年04期
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Title:
The Mission of Theoretical Psychology
Author(s):
LI Bing-quan
Keywords:
theoretical psychology meta-theory ideas philosophy
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Theoretical psychology is the metatheory of psychology, which is about how to do research in psychology and how to construct psychological theories. With profound philosophical implications, theoretical psychology, compared with other branches of psychology, assumes the following roles in promoting the development of psychology as a whole: a pioneer or trail blazer; a designer of methods; a critic or questioner; an assessor or judge. Therefore, the mission of theoretical psychology is as follows: to provide theoretical thought for psychological research and to orient psychological development; to put forward research issues and to develop psychological research space; to provide methodology or methods for psychological research; to review the existing psychological theory and research findings with a critical view and find out their problems or defects in order to promote their continuous improvement; and to analysize and evaluate psychological theories and researches including its metatheory in order to make out their value or influence. In summary, theoretical psychology has its own characteristics and tasks, which are different from those of other psychologies.

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Last Update: 2013-08-25