Theorybegging Fallacy

PARADIGM SHIFT DOCTRINE.

THEORY OF BEHAVIORAL POWER FUNCTIONS. See SKINNER'S DESCRIPTIVE BEHAVIOR/OPERANT CONDITIONING THEORY.

THEORY-THEORY. See PIAGET'S THEORY OF DEVEOPLMENTAL STAGES.

THEORY X. See LEADERSHIP, THEORIES OF; ORGANIZATIONAL/INDUSTRIAL/SYSTEMS THEORY.

THEORY Y. See LEADERSHIP, THEORIES OF.

THEORY Z. See LEADERSHIP, THEORIES OF.

THE QUESTION METHOD/PHENOMENON. See PSYCHOPATHOLOGY, THEORIES OF.

THERAPEUTIC THEORY OF LAUGHTER/HUMOR. The therapeutic theory of laughter/humor is based on the premise that laughter and humor are "good" or "healthy" for the body - in a physiological sense - because they restore biological homeostasis, oxygenate the blood, stabilize blood pressure, stimulate circulation, massage the vital organs, aid digestion, and relax the person's entire system; also, they produce psychological feelings of "well-being." According to this theory, ancient or primitive humans initially engaged in activities involving laughter and humor for various biological, instinctual, psychological, and evolutionary purposes. See also HUMOR, THEORIES OF. REFERENCES

Keith-Spiegel, P. (1972). Early conceptions of humor: Varieties and issues. In J. H. Goldstein & P. E. McGhee (Eds.), The psychology of humor: Theoretical perspectives and empirical issues. New York: Academic Press. Fry, W., & Salameh, W. (Eds.) (1987). Handbook of humor and psychotherapy: Advances in the clinical use of humor. Sarasota, FL: P.R.E.

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