A History of Psychology

A History of Psychology : Main Currents in Psychological Thought

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Offering a lively and critical look at psychology's past, this complete narrative history - from the Ancient Greeks to the present - explores psychology in its philosophical, religious, historical, and literary contexts. NEW! Revised introductory chapter - Ch. 1 focuses more directly on the philosophy of psychology and considers various objections and alternatives to the idea that psychology can be a science *NEW! Detailed treatment of key psychological themes - The first theme is the idea that not only is psychology necessarily a social construction but that the mind itself is to some degree a social construction. The second theme involves struggles over the existence and nature of consciousness. The third is the theme of psychology as an applied discipline *NEW! Chronological narrative of the development of Freudian psychoanalysis - Ch. 8 has been revised and new materials have been added on the development of psychoanalysis after Freud *Examines the interrelationships of psychology and society - Examines how social context influenced the way philosophers and psychologists have thought about the mind, and how modern psychology has, in turn, affected society *Looks at the evolution of leading psychological concepts - Considers the leading exponents of different psychological systems during each historical era *Includes coverage on the most recent developments in psychology - e.g., the founding of the APS and Connectionismshow more

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  • Hardback | 572 pages
  • 182.88 x 233.68 x 33.02mm | 1,043.26g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 5th edition
  • Illustrations, ports.
  • 0130112860
  • 9780130112866

Table of contents

I. BACKGROUND TO PSYCHOLOGY. 1. Psychology, Science, and History: Introduction. 2. Origins of Philosophy, Science, and Psychology: The Classical World. 3. Spirituality and Individualism: The Middle Ages and Renaissance. 4. The Scientific Revolution and the Creation of Consciousness: The Seventeenth Century. 5. Enlightenment and Counterenlightenment: The Eighteenth Century. 6. To the Threshold of Psychology: The Nineteenth Century. II. FOUNDING PSYCHOLOGY. 7. The Psychology of Consciousness: The Founding of Scientific Psychology. 8. Psychology of the Unconscious: Sigmund Freud and Psychoanalysis. 9. The Psychology of Adaptation: Psychology in Evolutionary Context. III. THE RISE OF BEHAVIORALISM. 10. The Conspiracy of Naturalism (1892-1912). 11. The Golden Age of Theory: Behaviorism Ascendant. 12. The Rise of Applied Psychology: Psychology and Society. IV. PSYCHOLOGY SINCE WORLD WAR II. 13. Eclectic Psychology: The Sun Sets on Behaviorism. 14. Years of Turmoil: From Behaviorism to Cognitive Science. 15. Contemporary Psychology: Doubts, Troubles, and Controversies.show more

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