Soci303 - Forum 8 - What objections did Mead have to the tenets of behaviorism How did Mead propose to study internal attitudes ignored by behaviorists

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What objections did Mead have to the tenets of behaviorism? How did Mead propose to study internal attitudes ignored by behaviorists? In Mead’s pivotal book, Mind, Self, and Society, did Mead give priority to the “social” aspect of the act or the psychological aspect of the act? The Radical behaviorists focused on the study of observable behavior when studying human behavior. Mead felt that the observable behavior was significant; however, the covert aspects of behavior could not be ignored when studying behavior. According to Mead, “the unit of study is “the act,” which comprises both overt and covert aspects of human actions. Within the act, all theseparated categories of the traditional, orthodox psychologies find a place. Attention, perception, imagination, reasoning, emotion, and so forth, are seen as parts of the act . . . the act, then, encompasses the total process involved in human activity” (Ritzer, 2011). The radical behavioristdid not find any difference between human and animal behavior. Mead objected this assumption

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