John Watson

Category : History, People, Psychology
John Watson

Author: Carmen Hendershott, Librarian, The New School John Watson (1878-1958) is remembered today as the flamboyant founder and promoter of behaviorist psychology. Born in

John Watson, “On Psychology as the Behaviorist Views It”

Category : Psychology

When we speak of a science, we have in mind a logically body of knowledge that has resulted from certain methods attacking the problems presented by a particular subject-The methods of science are all, in the last resort, observational problems of science are all, in the last resort, analytical. matter of a given science may be indicated in two different ways: by a simple enumeration of objects, or by a characterization of the point of view from which the science in question regards common subject-matter of all science, namely, human experience

Source: Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 53, No. 213 (Jan. – May,1914), pp. 1-17

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Max Wertheimer

Max Wertheimer

Max Wertheimer was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia during the late 1800s. His father was an educator and served as the director of a local

Ann Snitow

Category : Psychology, Women
Ann Snitow

Ann Snitow received her BA from Cornell University, and PhD in Literature from the University of London. She is currently a director of the

Karen Horney

Category : Psychology, Women
Karen Horney

Karen Danielsen studied medicine at the universities of Freiburg, Göttingen, and Berlin, taking her M.D. degree from the last in 1911. (In 1909 she

Mary Henle

Category : Psychology, Women
Mary Henle

For a woman of her generation, Mary Henle grew up in an unusual family. Born July 14, 1913 in Cleveland, Ohio, Henle’s mother was

Erich Fromm

Category : Psychology
Erich Fromm

Erich Fromm was an only child born to Orthodox Jewish parents in Frankfurt, Germany. He would later describe his own childhood as “highly neurotic.”

Solomon Asch

Solomon Asch

Source: photobucket. Web 22 Oct. 2014.   Solomon Asch was born in Warsaw, but emigrated to the United States in 1920 at the age

Solomon Asch, “Forming Impressions of Personality” 

We look at a person and immediately a certain impression of his character forms itself in us. A glance, a few spoken words are sufficient to tell us a story about a highly complex matter. We know that such impressions form with remarkable rapidity and with great ease. Subsequent observation may enrich or upset our first view, but we can no more prevent its rapid growth than we can avoid perceiving a given visual object or hearing a melody. We also know that this process, though often imperfect, is also at times extraordinarily sensitive.

Source: The Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology  41.3 (1946): 258-290

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Erich Fromm, “List of Presentations at the New School”

Category : Psychology

 The value of psychoanalysis is discussed in understanding moral, religious, political ideals and doctrines. Emphasis is placed on the question of whether recognition of the psychological and economic background if ideas leads to relativism or on the contrary to establishing their validity. The problem of the rational and irrational of value judgements is discussed. Ideals, ideologies and rationalizations. The traditional analysis of ideals in psychoanalysis and society. Psychoanalysis of love, justice, truth. Of Judeo-Christian religion; of fascist and democratic doctrines. Psychoanalysis and value judgements. The role of psychoanalysis in modern culture.

(compiled 1991)

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Erich Fromm, “Our Way of Life Makes Us Miserable”

Category : Psychology

Most Americans believe that our society of consumption-happy, fun-loving, jet-traveling people creates the greatest happiness for the greatest number. Contrary to this view, I believe that our present way of life leads to increasing anxiety, helplessness and, eventually, to the disintegration of our culture. I refuse to identify fun with pleasure, excitement with joy, busyness with happiness, or the faceless, buck-passing  “organization man” with an independent individual.

Source: The Saturday Evening Post 237.27 ( 25 July 1964): 8-10

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Mary Henle, “Gestalt Psychology and Gestalt Therapy”

Category : Psychology, Women

The purpose of this paper is to try to set the historical record straight while the history in question is still in the making. lt seeks to clarify the relations between gestalt therapy and Gestalt psychology, from which the therapy claims to derive. In considering gestalt therapy, I will confine myself to the work of Fritz Perls, the finder, as he calls himself, of this therapy (Perls 1969/1971:16), with emphasis on his later books.

Source: Journal of the History of Behavioral Sciences  14: 23-32

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