A major impediment to the development of a science of psychology is the existence in ordinary nontechnical discourse of a prescientific language/theory, which is in constant use by the man-and-woman in the street when they describe their own and other people's psychological states and explain their own and other people's behavior. This is what is known in contemporary philosophical parlance as “folk psychology.” The psychologist cannot afford to ignore folk psychology in the way a physicist can ignore folk physics. For folk psychological descriptions and explanations given by subjects and clients are part of the data of psychology, in a way that folk physical descriptions and explanations are not part ...
“Folk Psychology” and its Implications for Psychological Science
“Folk psychology” and its implications for psychological science