Beyond Dichotomy—Towards Creative Synthesis

Department of Psychology, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan.
Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science (Impact Factor: 1.11). 04/2007; 41(1):50-9; discussion 75-82. DOI: 10.1007/s12124-007-9009-8
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There are two ways for overcoming limitations of methods used in psychology, as Toomela (Integr. Physiol. Behav. Sci. doi:10.1007/s12124-007-9004-0, 2007) points out. These are inventing new methods of research, and looking back into the history of methodological thought for new ideas. Though he limited the former as if it is a quantitative area and he declared to take the latter path, his paper actually advocates the need to create new methodology for understanding the human psyche through historical approach. We discuss problems of sampling and generalization in that context, and suggest a new way to creative synthesis through elaboration of qualitative methodologies. To us this direction constitutes an updated version of the German-Austrian methodology exactly as Toomela suggests.

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