There are numerous psychological theories that are used to explain and predict a wide variety of behaviors. What exactly is the purpose of having so many psychological theories? These theories serve a number of important purposes.
- Theories provide a framework for understanding human behavior, thought, and development. By having a broad base of understanding about the how's and why's of human behavior, we can better understand ourselves and others.
- Theories create a basis for future research. Researchers use theories to form hypotheses that can then be tested.
- Theories are dynamic and always changing. As new discoveries are made, theories are modified and adapted to account for new information.
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