Estudos de Psicologia (Natal)
versão impressa ISSN 1413-294X
TOURINHO, Emmanuel Zagury; CARVALHO NETO, Marcus Bentes de e NENO, Simone. Psychology as a field of knowledge and a helping profession. Estud. psicol. (Natal) [online]. 2004, vol.9, n.1, pp. 17-24. ISSN 1413-294X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-294X2004000100003.
The present article focuses an interpretation of psychology according to which philosophical/reflexive, empirical, and applied contents account for an original configuration of the discipline. The paper considers some historical facts that ground such configuration, which should be considered in order to achieve a better understanding of the heterogeneity of objects, methods, goals and philosophical commitments of the diverse psychological approaches. Some implications of the model to an appreciation of (academic and non academic) doings in contemporary psychology are then discussed. It is argued that the success of each psychological approach depends, to a certain extent, on its recognition of the multifold character of the psychological field and its capacity to give consistent and integrated responses to the different social demands that give rise to the field.
Palavras-chave : psychological science; psychological systems; applications of psychology.