Who is your psychology dad? Want to find out who first defined extroversion and introversion in a psychology context? Or would you like to know who firmly believed free will was an illusion? Or even who was the first African American man to get a psychology Ph.D?
Psychology topics already interested ancient civilizations such as Egypt, Persia, Greece, China and India, but usually as a sub-field of something else. Since it started developing into a proper, modern scientific field around the 1890s[x], the world of psychology has seen many psychologists. Some were weird. Some were wonderful. Furthermore, some were controversial. All interesting for their own reasons.
A short disclaimer, all of these psychologists undoubtedly have had their fair share of controversies, we do not mean to condone malpractise and ethical misconduct. This was written to teach about some of the names who have shaped the field, in good or ad ways, in the spririt of education. Perhaps in the spirit of warning too, where it concerns the controversies. If this article performs, we will also make a “who is your psychology mom?” article.
Go find out who your psychology dad is!
But of course, you also want to know about some of the others. Therefore we added a mini quiz, where you can pick for yourself!
The study of behaviour and mental processes, or psychology, has had a turbulent past. From controversial experiments such as the Stanford Prison Experiment to the adorable ones such as the Delayed Gratification Marshmallow Experiment, or even iconic ones such as Pavlov’s Dog Experiments. Bascially, we’ve seen it all.
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Hoffman, Edward (1988). The Right to be Human: A Biography of Abraham Maslow. New York: St. Martin’s Press.