By Kurt Lewin
Kurt Lewin is healthier referred to as the major proponent of "field thought" - the idea that folks, and the teams that encompass them, are usually not self sufficient parts yet interdependent. The social staff, Lewin believed, is the first shaper of a person's strategies, emotions and behavior. the concept that is now so ordinarily held that it is not easy to visualize that it used to be ever thought of "groundbreaking". but it does not start to hide the variety of pioneering paintings that Lewin contributed to social and character psychology. via his prolific study and writing, he introduced leading edge innovations to either the equipment and the language of social psychology. all through his existence, Lewin struggled to stick to his self-imposed imaginative and prescient of the researcher who continues a "constant excessive rigidity" among concept and truth. His favorite metaphor used to be that of a bridge, connecting study with motion, laboratory with neighborhood. This reprinted quantity seeks to reacquaint scholars and historians of psychology with Lewin's enduring contributions to social psychology. Translated from the German, it presents a foray into Lewin's paintings and into his idiosyncratic imaginative and prescient.