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A short introduction to counselling psychology by Vanja Orlans; Susan Van Scoyoc

By Vanja Orlans; Susan Van Scoyoc

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The rise of National Socialism in 1933 marked the end of this movement, although many of its followers emigrated to the USA. Overall, these different events significantly supported the development of mainstream psychology as a separate discipline, distinct in its professional identity from philosophy (Boring, 1957). qxp 11/18/2008 PHILOSOPHICAL CONSIDERATIONS 6:42 PM Page 27 27 could be resolved, in principle, by reference to observable fact. The belief that science would provide the answers to living had arrived.

As Danziger points out, it was as if the idea of ‘conditioning’ was pounced on to fill a theoretical vacuum. Pavlov himself later took issue with the idea of an adoption of an end-focused explanation, rather than a starting point for further inquiry (Pavlov, 1932). 1910) his support for an objective behaviourist approach to psychology, as well as criticism of any part of human functioning, such as introspection, which could not be observed. In 1916 he was elected President of the American Psychological Association.

Qxp 11/18/2008 PHILOSOPHICAL CONSIDERATIONS 6:42 PM Page 23 23 historical relationship between philosophy and psychology, as well as some significant trends and ideas in the rise of humanism within western philosophical and psychological traditions, the emergence of depth psychology, and the current focus on postmodern ideas. Finally, we consider the position of counselling psychology in the light of these developments. One central issue that we are keen to bring out in this chapter is the challenge of attempting to tackle such a central issue in psychology within one professional field, and perhaps also, the extent to which this is possible.

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