Looking for Skinner and finding Freud.

  title={Looking for Skinner and finding Freud.},
  author={G. Overskeid},
  journal={The American psychologist},
  volume={62 6},
  • G. Overskeid
  • Published 2007
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The American psychologist
Sigmund Freud and B. F. Skinner are often seen as psychology's polar opposites. It seems this view is fallacious. Indeed, Freud and Skinner had many things in common, including basic assumptions shaped by positivism and determinism. More important, Skinner took a clear interest in psychoanalysis and wanted to be analyzed but was turned down. His views were influenced by Freud in many areas, such as dream symbolism, metaphor use, and defense mechanisms. Skinner drew direct parallels to Freud in… Expand
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