Accession Number : AD0720350

Title :   Learning and Personality, and Language (Symbolic) Behavior Therapy,

Corporate Author : HAWAII UNIV HONOLULU DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : Staats,Arthur W.

Report Date : FEB 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 39

Abstract : It is suggested that a personality level is necessary in behavioral theory; that the individual learns enduring personality repertoires that determine his general behavior; that language is composed of several separately learned but intermeshed personality repertoires that are the underlying constituents of personality constructs like intelligence, self-concept, and so on; that personality repertoires can be modified by language means, according to learning principles; and that behavior therapy must begin to include analyses of personality repertoires and methods of changing such repertoires. Some of the language repertoires are described as are ways by which problems can be treated through the language behavior therapy methods outlined. This provides a theoretical framework for considering certain traditional psychotherapy practices in behavioral terms as well as for broadening behavior therapy theory, research, and practice. The present approach thus aims at unification of traditional personality and psychotherapy theory with learning theory, with the latter providing the basic principles. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PERSONALITY, PERCEPTION(PSYCHOLOGY)), (*WORD ASSOCIATION, PERSONALITY), (*PSYCHIATRY, *LEARNING), EMOTIONS, LANGUAGE, THERAPY

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE