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The Story of Psychology

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Socrates, Plato, Descartes, Spinoza, Mesmer, William James, Pavlov, Freud, Piaget, Erikson, and Skinner. Each of these thinkers recognized that human beings could examine, comprehend, and eventually guide or influence their own thought processes, emotions, and resulting behavior. The lives and accomplishments of these pillars of psychology, expertly assembled by Morton Hunt, are set against the times in which the subjects lived. Hunt skillfully presents dramatic and lucid accounts of the techniques and validity of centuries of psychological research, and of the methods and effectiveness of major forms of psychotherapy.

Fully revised, and incorporating the dramatic developments of the last fifteen years, The Story of Psychology is a graceful and absorbing chronicle of one of the great human inquiries—the search for the true causes of our behavior.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Exploring the Universe Within

A Psychological Experiment in the Seventh Century B.C.

Messages from the Gods

The Discovery of the Mind

PART ONE : PRESCIENTIFIC PSYCHOLOGY

1 The Conjecturers

The Glory That Was Greece

The Forerunners: Alcmaeon, Protagoras, Democritus, Hippocrates

The “Midwife of Thought”: Socrates

The Idealist: Plato

The Realist: Aristotle

2 The Scholars

The Long Sleep

The Commentators: Theophrastus, the Hellenists, the Epicureans, the Skeptics, the Stoics

Roman Borrowers: Lucretius, Seneca, Epictetus, Galen, Plotinus

The Patrist Adapters: the Patrists, Tertullian, Saint Augustine

The Patrist Reconcilers: the Schoolmen, Saint Thomas Aquinas

The Darkness Before Dawn

3 The Protopsychologists

The Third Visitation

The Rationalists: Descartes, the Cartesians, Spinoza

The Empiricists: Hobbes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, the Empiricist-Associationist School

German Nativism: Leibniz, Kant

PART TWO: FOUNDERS OF A NEW SCIENCE

4 The Physicalists

The Magician-Healer: Mesmer

The Skull Reader: Gall

The Mechanists

Specific Nerve Energy: Müller

Just Noticeable Differences: Weber

Neural Physiology: von Helmholtz

Psychophysics: Fechner

5 First Among Equals: Wundt

As Good a Birth Date as Any

The Making of the First Psychologist

The Curious Goings-on at Konvikt

Wundtian Psychology

Sic Transit

6 The Psychologist Malgré Lui: William James

“This Is No Science”

Adorable Genius

Founding Father

Ideas of the Pre-eminent Psychologizer

Jamesian Paradoxes

7 Explorer of the Depths: Sigmund Freud

The Truth About Freud

The Would-Be Neuroscientist

The Hypnotherapist

The Invention of Psychoanalysis

Dynamic Psychology: Early Formulations

Success

Dynamic Psychology: Extensions and Revisions

But Is It Scientific?

Decline and Fall—and Revival

8 The Measurers

“Whenever You Can, Count”: Francis Galton

Galtonian Paradoxes

The Mental Age Approach: Alfred Binet

The Testing Mania

The IQ Controversy

9 The Behaviorists

A New Answer to Old Questions

Two Discoverers of the Laws of Behaviorism: Thorndike and Pavlov

Mr. Behaviorism: John B. Watson

The Triumph of Behaviorism

Two Great Neobehaviorists: Hull and Skinner

The Impending Paradigm Shift

10 The Gestaltists

A Visual Illusion Gives Rise to a New Psychology

The Rediscovery of the Mind

The Laws of Gestalten

Out-of-Reach Bananas and Other Problems

Learning

Failure and Success

PART THREE: SPECIALIZATION AND SYNTHESIS

Introduction: The Fissioning of Psychology—and the Fusion of the Psychological Sciences

11 The Personality Psychologists

“The Secrets of the Hearts of Other Men”

The Fundamental Units of Personality

Measuring Personality

Making Order out of Chaos

Learned Personality

Body, Genes, and Personality

Late Word from the Personality Front

12 The Developmentalists

“Great Oaks from Little Acorns Grow”

Grand Theory and Nontheory

A Giant, and a Giant Theory

Cognitive Development

Maturation

Personality Development

Social Development

Development from A to Z

13 The Social Psychologists

No Mans Land

A Case of Multiple Fatherhood

Closed Cases: Cognitive Dissonance, the Psychology

of Imprisonment, Obedience, the Bystander Effect

Ongoing Inquiries: Conflict Resolution, Attribution, Others

The Value of Social Psychology

14 The Perception Psychologists

Interesting Questions

Styles of Looking at Looking

Seeing Form

Seeing Movement

Seeing Depth

Two Ways of Looking at Vision

15 The Emotion and Motivation Psychologists

Fundamental Question

Somatic Theory

ANS and CNS Theory

Cognitive Theory

Patchwork Quilt

16 The Cognitivists

Revolution

Revolution No. 2

Memory

Language

Reasoning

Is the Mind a Computer? Is a Computer a Mind?

New Model

And the Winner Is—

17 The Psychotherapists

Growth Industry

Freuds Offspring: The Dynamic Psychotherapists

The Patient as Laboratory Animal: Behavior Therapy

All in the Mind: Cognitive Therapy

A Miscellany of Therapies

But Does It Really Work?

18 Users and Misusers of Psychology

Knowledge Is Power

Improving the Human Use of the Human Equipment

Improving the Fit Between Humans and Their Jobs

The Use and Misuse of Testing

Covert Persuasion: Advertising and Propaganda

Psychology in the Courtroom

Beyond the Fringe

19 Psychology Today

Portrait of a Psychologist

Portrait of a Science

Schism

Psychology and Politics

Status Report

Notes

References

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307278074
Author:
Hunt, Morton M.
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Author:
Hunt, Morton
Subject:
History
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Psychology -- History.
Subject:
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20071231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
896
Dimensions:
8 x 5.18 x 1.6 in 1.375 lb

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