By Marshall H. Segall

ISBN-10: 0080170870

ISBN-13: 9780080170879

ISBN-10: 0080178537

ISBN-13: 9780080178530

Human habit and Public coverage: A Political Psychology examines wisdom approximately human habit and its program to public coverage research. It indicates that the findings of mental learn supply info on the best way to greater comprehend social difficulties and formulate and enforce rules for the answer of such difficulties.
Organized into 9 chapters, the e-book first discusses how psychology can be utilized to form society right into a larger domestic after which provides 3 versions for political psychology. the following chapters care for highbrow capacities, educability, and prejudice and discrimination in numerous teams of individuals. The ebook additionally explores violence and intergroup clash resolutions and concludes with a suggestion for a learn layout that serves for example of political-psychological making plans.
Academic psychologists who educate interdisciplinary social sciences and classes focused on public affairs will locate this ebook beneficial.

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In short, Skinner suggests that one of the consequences of current techniques of behavioral control, which are embedded in the context of an ideological ambiance stressing "freedom," is actually to control our behavior while making us believe that we are not controlled. If this analysis is valid, then the status quo is not very moral; it involves a very profound duplicity on the part of the controllers. Furthermore, to the degree that it is valid, the analysis makes clear that what Skinner is advocating is not the introduction of controls where none exist, nor any net reduction in our freedom.

If some such external events occurred, then the effect could really be due to what Campbell calls "history" (1969, p. 411). There is also the possibility that the people on whom the treatment impinged had changed in some way that has nothing at all to do with the treatment itself. For example, they might simply have aged, become fatigued, or acquired some coincidentally relevant enthusiasms over the period of time during which they also happened to be exposed to the treatment. To some unknown degree, the treatment would have been irrelevant.

By questioning the control of autonomous man and demonstrating the control exercised by the environment, a science of behavior also seems to question dignity or worth" (Skinner, 1971, p. 21). Skinner further admits that this science throws into question the notion of responsibility, whereby man "may be justly blamed . . [or] be given credit" (p. 21). Most of us would give up such ideas only with great reluctance, partly because the values of freedom and dignity, as Skinner acknowledges, have led to much that is admirable in human behavior.

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