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Rom Harré and Fathali M. Moghaddam have designed a textbook and brought together additional voices that speak to the similarities and differences of two seemingly separate domains in psychology. This bridge-building seeks to encourage a new generation of undergraduate students studying psychology to more fully appreciate the real potential for the study of human behavior, and as such it will represent a more provocative alternative to standard general psychology textbooks. It also be used in a host of courses, namely on the conceptual and philosophical nature of psychology, social psychology, critical psychology and cognitive science.

Becoming a Person
Becoming a person
RomHarré and ChristinaE.Erneling

A child has hurt himself and he cries; and then the adults talk to him and teach him exclamations and, later, sentences. They teach the child new pain-behaviour. (Wittgenstein, 1953 § 244)

Nothing could be more obvious than the differences between newborn human beings and mature adults. Human infants are more helpless than the young of most other animals, yet under normal circumstances and within a few years, the infant has acquired its native language, a remarkable ability to deal with its environment and a complex set of beliefs about both the physical and social world and other people. The child has developed both physically and psychologically. It has become a person.

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