Journal of Motivation, Emotion, and Personality

Reversal Theory Studies

Understanding Reversal Theory: Six Critical Questions

Author: Michael J. Apter

Abstract: This paper discusses reversal theory in a general way that brings out its key features and places it in the broadest context. What is the central idea of the theory? What is its essence? What kind of theory is it? How does it di er from other theories? Where did it come from in psychology and philosophy? Where might it be going? Is it scientific? How can it be applied? In short: What’s it all about? This discussion is organized around six critical questions that raise all these issues. A key conclusion is that reversal theory is a type of paradigm that attempts to be falsifiable and that constitutes a progressive research program. The paper concludes that reversal theory has much that is new to o er psychology.

Link to Article: 2016-V5-01-Apter

DOI: 10.12689/jmep.2016.501

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