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Jay C. Brown

In: 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 3: Psychology into the 21st Century

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Psychology into the 21st Century
Psychology into the 21st century

As the old millennium closed, there was a shift from behavioral perspectives in psychology to cognitive perspectives (Goodwin, 2004)—that is, a shift from a strict reliance on empirical sources for knowledge to an acceptance of rationality as a source for knowledge. In the first decade of the new millennium, psychology is taking on another new look, or perhaps it is simply returning to whence it came. Psychology, and in fact all of society, is embracing spirituality, accepting faith as a once-again legitimate source of knowledge. The media is awash with words such as intuition and faith (Malcolm Gladwell's book Blink, a best seller, attests to the popularity of intuitive thinking), thus reminding us of this acceptance ...

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