B.F. Skinner and His Involvement in Humanism: An Underappreciated Aspect of ABA History
In 1972, B.F Skinner was named Humanist of the Year. Despite this, those outside ABA question whether Skinner and the science uphold humanist values. In this presentation, Dr. Newman explores these criticisms and disputes them. Characteristics of Third Force Psychology (also called humanistic psychology) are discussed and how ABA meets these criteria. The presentation ends with a discussion of ethics and how this impacts practice.
What you’ll learn in the course and be able to do afterward
Describe the outside criticisms of Skinner and ABA humanism
Explain the characteristics of Third Force Psychology detailed by Maslow
Explain how ABA meets the characteristics of Third Force Psychology
Describe the clash of ethical values
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