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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 465 pages
  • Publisher: Descriptive Psychology Press (October 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891700049
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891700040
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,812,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Peter G. Ossorio is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Colorado in Boulder. After receiving his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UCLA in 1961, he joined the clinical psychology faculty in Boulder where he taught, supervised, mentored, wrote and conducted research for his entire academic career, and where he founded a discipline that came to be known as Descriptive Psychology.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bill Petillo on October 16, 2011
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If you have ANY interest in Psychology, Philosophy or understanding yourself and your fellow man buy this book, read it and re-read it again every year. Peter Ossorio is the most important psychologist you never heard of. Descriptive Psychology is the most important school of thought you never heard of. There are 5 other titles in his collected works, but this is the only one accessible to the uninitiated. I could not begin to summarize this work but I can restate the slogans by which it lives:
(1) The world makes sense and so do people. They make sense now.
(2) It is one world. Everything fits together. Everything is related to everything else.
(3) Things are what they are and not something else instead.
(4) Don't count on the world being simpler than it has to be.

I realize I may not have said enough about the books contents to pique your interest, so here is a sampling from the Table of Contents:
- The Concept of Behavior Per Se
- Individual Persons
- Reality Concepts
- Verbal Behavior
- Social Reality as the Real World Context of Behavior
- Understanding Actual Behavior
- Emotion
- Personal Identity: Being Me and Being Myself
- Pathology
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