Behavior Therapy Theory

Science is equally concerned with understanding and explanation as it is with prediction and control. Prediction has a straightforward understanding; one makes a specific forecast and subsequently determines how accurate it was. Likewise, control also has a straightforward meaning in that one decides upon a desirable change and then attempts to make it so. Understanding and explanation are more complex matters. One might say that we understand something once it has been explained. But what does explanation require? What must one do to properly explain why something occurred, such as why a particular psychological intervention produced the observed outcome or why the outcome did not materialize? No simple answer will suffice here. Theorists vary in that they use different explanatory bases. Behavior therapy theories ...

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