Through the Labyrinth: An Approach to Reading in Behavioral Science

by Fred Massarik, Bruce Krueger



Behavioral science is a relatively new a relatively new artifact. The subject matter, in myriad forms and formats, was there long, long before anyone uttered the new term. From roots in theology, philosophy, Sozialoekonomie and other areas of inquiry crystallized psychology, sociology, and anthropology, the fields often regarded as the principal source disciplines of behavioral science. Second, behavioral science, even without the capital letters and beyond problems induced by recent attempts to hew it from the bedrock of historically evolved social science, faces particular bibliographic challenges. If there is any agreement as to the nature of the field, it is on its interdisciplinary origins implies a corresponding need by scholar and by practitioner to become acquainted with writings in many subspecializations. These days, it seems, many people want to learn more about people. At this writing, sensitivity training and encounter groups, in splendrous variety, receive wide publicity, both laudatory and damning. University courses in professional schools and applied departments make frequent use of the behavioral science label and increasingly industry pays direct attention to development of its human resources.

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