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    Default The biggest divide in psychology?

    What do you think it is?

    I think its between cognitivism and analytical schools, does cognition rule and cause affect or vice versa or some combination of the two simultaneously?

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    Maybe it's because I'm a sociologist and not a psychologist, but it's looking more and more to me like it's inheritance vs acquisition, what the layman would crudely refer to as nature vs nurture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    Maybe it's because I'm a sociologist and not a psychologist, but it's looking more and more to me like it's inheritance vs acquisition, what the layman would crudely refer to as nature vs nurture.
    That's a big dividing line too.

    Although I would say inheritance or acquisition of what? Development is a dynamic process of the two, at least basic attachment styles, language, relating and other skills require that acquisition is made possible by the satisfaction of inherited drives or needs.

    The question then is whether you inherit/acquire cognitive abilities or affect regulation and the chicken and egg relationship of each to the other arises again. Just my thinking anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    Maybe it's because I'm a sociologist and not a psychologist, but it's looking more and more to me like it's inheritance vs acquisition, what the layman would crudely refer to as nature vs nurture.
    I wonder, do you think there is a hard and fast division between those disciplines?

    What about micro sociology?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    I wonder, do you think there is a hard and fast division between those disciplines?

    What about micro sociology?
    In theory, trying to understand what one person is thinking is psychology, and trying to figure out how three or more people interact is sociology. The joke is that studying two people is some kind of mysterious limbo.

    But really, the difference between the two is generally more quantitative than qualitative. It's not that one does something and the other doesn't, but that one does something more and the other does it less. For example, neither one owns cognition or behavior, but it just follows from practicality that psychology takes a cognitive approach more often and sociology takes a behavioral approach more often. This is because really trying to intensively dig at the cognitive activity of a whole group of interacting people is rather demanding, and observing the behavior of a single person in isolation is rather limited. Really, though, it is more like I have a difference focus of expertise and/or come from a different cultural background than a psychologist.
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    Cognitive Psychology and Neurobiology.

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    I think the biggest divide in psychology is learning versus inheritance ie whether the majority of behaviour is learnt or inherited.
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    definitely behaviorism and psychoanalysis

    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    I think its between cognitivism and analytical schools, does cognition rule and cause affect or vice versa or some combination of the two simultaneously?
    imo those two go nicely hand in hand

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    Cognitive Psychology and Neurobiology.
    they are close enough to merge into cognitive neuro psychology.
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    Quote Originally Posted by INTP View Post
    definitely behaviorism and psychoanalysis



    imo those two go nicely hand in hand



    they are close enough to merge into cognitive neuro psychology.
    Eh... I thought we were being modern here. Psychoanalysis is few and far between these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ginkgo View Post
    Eh... I thought we were being modern here. Psychoanalysis is few and far between these days.
    psychoanalysis and other psychoanalytic approaches(which i was referring to in earlier post) are doing really well in many countries, even if something isnt common in your country, it doesent mean that its history or isnt common in other parts of the world.
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