On the emergence of behavior therapy in modern society

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Considers the emergence of behavior therapy in our times as both an indicator and a consequence of major cultural trends. Behaviorism, when applied to complex human disorders, is an inherently limited, partial approach. Thus, use of behaviorism by behavior therapists in such cases is mainly analogical. The growth of behavior therapy is not explainable by its intrinsic merits alone; hence, an explanation must be found in its broader cultural setting. Rationalism as the dominant trend in modern culture has rendered that culture particularly receptive to the behavioristic image of man. The sociology of knowledge perspective is employed here to discuss the relative status of behavior therapy, reactions against it, and the unacknowledged transformations of behaviorism in its passage from theory to practice. (36 ref.) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-313
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1971
Externally publishedYes


  • behavior therapy, indicator & consequence of major cultural trends

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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