Is Talking a Behavior or a Mental Process?

Let’s talk about talking and the science of psychology. To be clear about what I mean, consider related concepts like verbal behavior, conversations, cognitive therapy and self-talk, narrative therapy and meaning-making, reasoning and reason-giving, attributions, interpretations, explanations and on and on.

Let’s ask modern empirical psychology: What are these “things”? Virtually all modern textbooks define psychology as “the science of behavior and mental processes.” Behaviors, the textbooks tell us, are things that can be observed and measured by scientists. In contrast, mental processes are hidden, at least from the third-person, empiricist perspective that defines modern psychology.


About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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