Unity and disunity in psychological science(s)


Annette Mülberger, CEHIC, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona


The disunity of psychology has often been, and still is, viewed by many researchers and professionals as fundamental and specific problem of psychological science. Sometimes this concern even let to the diagnosis of a state of crisis in the historical development of the discipline. Historical narratives of the first half of the 20th century aimed at counter acting this trend, by pointing to its common historical roots and constructing a coherent picture. Therefore, more research is needed to reflect on the role of historiography and re-open and problematize the rivaling approaches and techniques that were developed at a place and time. Topics which serve for such a reflection and historical study are, among others, (mental) abnormality, psychotechnics, intelligence testing, experimental psychology, psychoanalysis, personality typologies, behaviorism, etc. Questions such as the following could be worth while exploring: how did psychologists, pedagogues and physicians deal with the diverse and contradictory views about mental abnormality and intelligence testing? How did psychologists react to the behaviorist’s attempt to impose a new conceptual and methodological unity in the discipline?

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December 14, 2017