Other /More definition:
- Psychodynamic theory
- Learning theory
- Cognitive theory
- Ecological and systems theory
- Theories involving the life-span perspective, selective optimization with compensation, and the life-course perspective.
A theory in the context of psychology is a set of concepts and principles that are used to explain and predict behavior and mental processes. Theories provide a framework for understanding and interpreting observed phenomena, and they guide research by suggesting hypotheses to be tested.
Examples of theories in psychology include:
- The cognitive theory of depression, which states that negative thoughts and patterns of thinking contribute to the development of depression
- The social learning theory, which states that people learn new behavior by observing and imitating others
- The psychoanalytic theory, which states that human behavior is motivated by unconscious desires and conflicts.