Psych 341- Existentialism

Psych 341- Existentialism - Caitlin Dekker Psych 341 Sec 1...

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Caitlin Dekker Psych 341 Sec 1 Existential – May Chapter 14 What aspects of May’s life may have led to some of his theoretical ideas? -His sister had a psychotic breakdown which his father attributed to too much education and which caused May to hate anti-intellectualism. He enrolled at a theological school to be able to ask questions about anxiety, despair, and suicide that was largely ignored elsewhere. What are the basic ideas behind existentialistic philosophy? -The existential approach focuses on the human being as he or she is emerging or becoming, thus looking at the essence of being or the principles that govern existence. It seeks to merge what is abstractly true with what is existentially real. Existentialists believe that there is no truth or reality for us as humans except as we participate in it, are conscious of it, and have some relation to it; knowledge is an act of doing, not thinking. They look at the structure of existence and its own lawfulness. How would an existentialist conduct research in psychology? -Existentialists are more empirical, believing that the simpler and more reductionist approaches are misleading. It seeks to develop an empirical science that deals with the whole of our
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This note was uploaded on 10/23/2011 for the course PSYCH 341 taught by Professor Slife during the Winter '08 term at BYU.

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Psych 341- Existentialism - Caitlin Dekker Psych 341 Sec 1...

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