|Descriptive Psychology is an entirely different
approach to understanding people and what
Every other approach to psychology and every school of psychotherapy is based on someone’s theory:
behaviorism, psychoanalysis, social learning theory,
attachment theory, and so on.
Rather than adding yet another theory of behavior or
creating another school of psychotherapy, Descriptive
Psychology brings out what each of these perspectives
and theories highlights and organizes about our shared
world. It describes what all these (and more not yet
invented) are theories and perspectives about.
Descriptive Psychology articulates the concepts we as persons share that enable us to meaningfully agree and disagree and have a coherent framework that
encompasses all our various perspectives, and us as
Why is this so important?
Descriptive Psychology has applications for
psychology and other fields far beyond the usual
purview of psychology (for example, developing with NASA a “Knowledge support system for the first lunar outpost mission”). The unusual scope and
comprehensiveness of the enterprise of describing
persons, behavior, reality, and language, as well as
the interrelationships among these, with scientific
precision, required “a fresh start.” Dr. Peter G.
Ossorio, founder of Descriptive Psychology, also
introduced appropriate methodologies for this. The
result is enhanced understanding and clarity about
people, our individual differences, our social practices, cultures, relationships, and world — in short, “our place
in the scheme of things” and how everything fits
We invite you to engage with our diverse community of
psychologists, psychiatrists, computer scientists,
aerospace engineers, attorneys, physicists,
mathematicians, theologians, and others exploring and
applying Descriptive Psychology to our respective
fields and lives.