Mahoney, Michael J.

Michael J. Mahoney (1946–2006) represented one of the most integrative theorists in counseling and psychotherapy, reflecting a spirit of true critical inquiry that led to revisions of his thought throughout his career. Known for his gentle demeanor and pointed Irish wit, he was also a self-proclaimed iconoclast, which led to questioning—and frequently heated debate—of many of the accepted core assumptions and practices within psychology. A prolific author/editor of more than 250 scholarly articles and chapters and 19 books, Mahoney contributed significantly to a number of theoretical orientations, from his early work in classical behaviorism, to his key role in the cognitive revolution, to foundational articles in sport psychology, and culminating with his articulation of constructivism, a comprehensive developmental metatheory that describes human beings as actively ...

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