The approaches to psychology really involve unproved, philosophical starting points or assumptions; each of these different assumptions may exercise their appeal by attracting people with correspondingly different temperaments. To read about the approaches from the beginning.

E very approach to psychology represents at least one main philosophical orientation; that is, an assumption as to just exactly what in humans should be studied, and what the methodology should be. In what follows, we list the philosophical orientation, and then point to examples of approaches to psychology represented therein.

People with different temperaments may be attracted to one orientation or approach over another, suggesting that no single orientation can lay claim to more than a partial truth about human nature.

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