What is psychology? When did it begin? Where did it come from? How does psychology compare with related subjects such as psychiatry and psychotherapy? To what extent is it ‘scientific’?
Introducing Psychology answers all these questions and more, explaining what the subject has been in the past and what it is now. The main ‘schools’ and the sections within psychology are described, including Introspection, Bio-psychology, Psychoanalysis, Behaviourism, Comparative (Animal) Psychology, Cognitive Approaches (including the Gestalt movement), Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Humanism.
The key figures covered include: Freud, Pavlov, Skinner, Bandura, Piaget, Bowlby, Maslow, Rogers, as well as many lesser-known but important psychologists. The book explains psychology as taught in schools, colleges and universities, and also sets it in a broader context, considering philosophical and social issues that concern all human beings today.
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