What is Behaviorism?

Behaviorism is an approach to psychology that combines elements of philosophy, methodology, and theory. It emerged in the early twentieth century as a reaction to “mentalistic” psychology, which often had difficulty making predictions that could be tested using rigorous experimental methods. The primary tenet of behaviorism, is that psychology should concern itself with the observable behavior of people and animals, not with unobservable events that take place in their minds. The behaviorist school of thought maintains that such behaviors can be described scientifically, without relying on internal physiological events or hypothetical constructs, such as thoughts and beliefs.

The History of Behaviorism

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