How can the understanding and application of Gestalt psychology be useful in addressing contemporary problems related to individual and group behavior? Cite a specific example of a social problem (i.e. discrimination, conformity), and explain how it can be understood and addressed using Gestalt psychology.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 25, 2018, 5:12 am ad1c9bdddf
In today's world awareness of multiculturalism is a skill that is demanded both in the field of psychology and in the realities of everyday life in America. Without skills in this area, discrimination and prejudice can be acted out damaging interpersonal relationships in daily interactions in the workplace. Relationships, forms of communication, gender roles, discrimination, conformity, are all impacted by the cultural context of the people involved. Therefore, when working with people, cultural differences must be taken into consideration as all people are impacted by their social factors, and impact others.
Gestalt addresses these issues with by focusing on each person's subjective experience, and that person's interpretation of the meaning of the experience. Therefore the priorities and prejudices of the person's culture ...
How can the understanding and application of Gestalt psychology be useful in addressing contemporary problems related to individual and group behavior? Cite a specific example of a social problem (i.e. discrimination, conformity), and explain how it can be understood and addressed using Gestalt psychology.
History and Systems of Psychology: Rationalism, Contemporary Culture, etc.
1) Identify at least two examples of premodern, modern, and postmodern authoritarian views in contemporary culture and what are their impacts on the educational system (i.e., address the student and professor roles and the issue of academic freedom).
2) The beginning of rationalism is often traced to Descartes statement, "I think, therefore I am." Extreme forms of rationalism did not trust the senses. Sensationalists took the opposite view point, trusting the senses as being accurate representation of truth and the world.
What are the limitations of the extreme sensationalist and extreme rationalist approaches. Which we trust more - our reason or our senses?
3) William James and Functionalism were important influences on the development of American Pragmatism. Pragmatism focuses on evaluating an idea by its usefulness or outcome. Theory and technique are re-emphasized. This view still dominates much of American Psychology.
In what ways this has been either a positive influence or negative influence on psychology? Substantiate the response with examples.
4) Gestalt Psychology made many important contributions to the history of psychology. Today, very few courses cover gestalt psychology as most of its thoughts are being integrated into other theories. However, gestalt psychology has greatly impacted the understanding of perceptions and holistic approaches to psychology.
How does our belief system and world view impact the way we see the world and we understanding of psychology?
5) A historical debate that continues to rage in the field of psychology pertains to its understand.
Is psychology an art? Or, it is categorized as "soft science." How do you view psychology - as an art, a science, or both? Provide reasons for your position.
Please each response with references if apply. (Note: I need notes not an essay).View Full Posting Details