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Re: Ufology And Psychiatry - Summary

From: Cathy Reason <Cathym.nul>
Date: Thu, 3 May 2012 18:59:26 +0100
Archived: Fri, 04 May 2012 06:10:27 -0400
Subject: Re: Ufology And Psychiatry - Summary

>From: Eugene Frison <cthulhu_calls.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Wed, 2 May 2012 21:26:48 -0500
>Subject: Re: Ufology And Psychiatry - Summary


>Every system - from
>the Humanism of William James, to Behaviouralism (Cognitivism is
>not a complete rejection of Behaviouralism), to the various
>'depth psychologies' (such as the "psychoanalysis" of Freud, and
>the "analytical psychology' of Jung), to the Gestalt's, right up
>to the newer ideas of the post-cognitivists and the
>transpersonal psychology of Groff and Tart, all have something
>to contribute.

I should have said a bit more about this.

The upshot is that neither Psychoanalysis nor Analytical
Psychology has any empirical basis worthy of the name.

The transpersonal psychology of Grof, Tart, Maslow, Leary and
others, owes more to the New Age therapy movement than to
anything that could be called "scientific" psychology.  This
isn't in itself necessarily a bad thing - but these are very bad
examples to choose if you are trying to make a case that
psychology is a scientific discipline.

In any case I'm not at all sure that transpersonal psychology
can be said to be free of Cognitivist assumptions; certainly it
is strongly constructivist and incorporates a great deal of
metaphysical baggage.  For a New Age or spiritual philosophy
this might not be regarded as a problem - but for a scientific
subject, it once again entails a dependency on a whole raft of
untested (and probably untestable)assumptions.


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