WHAT IS THE BEHAVIOURAL APPROACH OF HUMAN BEHAVIOUR?

ACCREDITED SENIOR PSYCHOTHERAPIST/COUNSELLOR -Dr.Fawzy Masaoud-LONDON, ENGLAND

A fairly
conservative approach is that of behaviourist psychologists. The founder of
this school of thought, J. B. Watson, was the father of the science of
psychology (though not of the study of psychology). He argued that if psychology was to be
scientific, it must focus exclusively on human behaviour. Watson did not think
psychologists should speculate on the unobservable workings of our minds, as
they could not be studied scientifically. Watson’s approach still has a strong
following due to its practical applications, e.g. in reducing phobias and so
on.

Much of behavioural research is executed with subjects under experimental conditions, using a stimulus-response approach. The psychologist provides a stimulus for an individual, then observes and studies the individual’s response to that stimulus. Behaviourists are sometimes referred to as “black box” theorists because they treat the mind like a clean slate that has attitudes and behavioural patterns inscribed on it…

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