chapter  3
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Can the centre hold? Disunity and fragmentation in psychology

Although psychology is invariably defined as the scientific study of behaviour (Lindzey, Hall, and Thompson, 1975), in its very essence it represents the quest for meaning into the mystery of life. However, it is debatable whether the way in which psychology has become organised as the scientific study of behaviour is likely to provide the key to understanding ‘life’s secrets and hidden things’ (Gibran, 1954, p. 1). The discipline fails in a number of essential respects in offering humankind the necessary guidelines to address the tremendous problems in living we are faced with. So many of these problems are totally of our own making and the issue is not only how to cope with these problems, but also of how to prevent them from becoming the insurmountable issues that lead to personal disintegration and international warfare.