Field Theory

Kurt Lewin

Type of psychology: Personality

Fields of study: Motivation theory; personality theory; social perception and cognition

Lewin's field theory maintains that behavior is a function of the life space, or psychological reality, of the individual. Individuals are motivated to reduce tensions that arise in this life space. Lewin's theory can be used to understand a wide range ofevery-day behavior and to suggest strategies for addressing social problems, such as the reduction of prejudice and the resolution of social conflicts.

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