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Psychology as a means of promoting human welfare.

Psychology as a means of promoting human welfare.


This reprinted article originally appeared in (American Psychologist, 1969, 24, 1063-1075). It discusses the methods by which psychologists, not psychology as a whole, contribute to social change. The role of the American Psychological Association is presented as a supporting rather than leading factor. It is emphasized "that understanding and prediction are better goals...than is control." It is proposed that the adaptive process be changed to achieve these goals. Two alternative images are presented of what the popular conception of human nature might become as a result of the psychological revolution. It is concluded that a "peaceful revolution based on a new conception of human nature" will result from the instillation of scientific facts in the public consciousness. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved)
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