Pathways to a more humanistic-human psychology


During a large part of the nineteenth century, behaviorism and cognitivism supported an idea of psychology as one among the natural sciences. However, some scholars, in the USA and Europe, especially in France, carried on theories and research works grounded not on lab experiments and statistical analysis, but on an idea of human beings as thinking, sentient and moral agents. These are subjects apt not only to adapt to the real world or to process information, but to imagine and try to realize numberless possible worlds. So these, as today cultural and clinical psychology propose them, are the only subjects capable to explain phenomena that stay essential to study “human facts” such as change and creativity.