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The History of Psychology and Its Major Theorists

The history of psychology is filled with fascinating discoveries and stories about the people and events that shaped the modern mental health landscape.
Sigmund Freud
10 Things You Might Not Know About Sigmund Freud
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How Psychoanalysis Influenced the Field of Psychology
Alfred Binet
Why Alfred Binet Developed IQ Testing for Students
Psychologist Gordon Allport
Gordon Allport and His Impact on Psychology of the Personality
Alfred Binet portrait
How Alfred Binet Helped Develop Modern Intelligence Tests
Sigmund Freud in his office
Sigmund Freud's Life and Contributions to Psychology
Mary Whiton Calkins history
The Influence of Mary Whiton Calkins on the Field of Psychology
Scientists Edward Thorndike and Karl T. Compton
Edward Thorndike's Contribution to the Field of Psychology
G. Stanley Hall center
G. Stanley Hall's Important Contributions to Psychology
Mary Ainsworth working with a child
How Mary Ainsworth Influenced Psychology
Sigmund Freud reading at his desk
Did Freud Believe in Religion?
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Kurt Lewin Biography and Contributions to Modern Social Psychology
The original shock box used in Milgram's obedience experiments
Why Was the Milgram Experiment So Controversial?
Sigmund Freud in his office
Sigmund Freud and Psychoanalysis Study Guide
Robert Yerkes in his office at Harvard
Robert Yerkes Life and Contributions to Psychology
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Psychology Research That Challenges What You Believe About Behavior
6 Experiments That Shaped Psychology
B.F. Skinner in 1948
10 Most Influential Psychologists in History
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The Story of Genie, a Child Deprived of Nearly All Human Contact
Inside of womans head improving and becoming brighter
Pioneering Psychologist John B. Watson and Behavorism
psychologist Albert Bandura sitting in offie
Albert Bandura's Influence on the Field of Psychology
An image of William James
The Life and Theories of Psychologist William James
Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud's Theories and Legacy in Psychology
Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud's Psychoanalytic Theories in Psychology
Erik Erikson
How Erik Erikson's Own Identity Crisis Shaped His Theories
Abraham Harold Maslow, Psychologist
Abraham Maslow Is the Founder of Humanistic Psychology
Jean Piaget recieving a science award
Jean Piaget's Life and Contributions to Psychology
What should psychology majors minor in?
What Were Functionalism and Structuralism in Psychology?
Portrait of Howard Gardner, April 20, 2011
How Howard Gardner Developed the Theory of Multiple Intelligences
psychology schools of thought
The 7 Major Schools of Thought in Psychology
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How John Bowlby Influenced Child Psychology
Carl Rogers
Explore the Life and Theories of Carl Rogers
Lev Vygotsky
Why Lev Vygotsky Was One of the Most Influential Psychologists
Seligman speaking at the 2016 Novus Summit
Martin Seligman: The Father of Modern Positive Psychology
embarrassed woman covering her mouth
What's Really Happening When You Have a Freudian Slip
Portrait of Sigmund Freud sitting at his desk
Life and Death Instincts Are Opposing Urges
Drawn portrait of Alfred Adler
What Did Alfred Adler Do for Psychology?
H J Eysenck
Hans Eysenck Is One of the Most Controversial Psychologists in History
Wilhelm Wundt founded the first psychology lab
Who Is Credited for the World's First Experimental Psychology Lab?
Anna Freud
Why Anna Freud Is One of the Most Important Psychologists in History
Humanistic Psychologist Carl Ransom Rogers
Illuminating Quotes From Humanist Psychologist Carl Rogers
Anna O.
Anna O. and Her Influence on Psychoanalysis
The cathexis and anticathexis
How Freud Says Cathexis and Anticathexis Control Psychic Energy
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Learn More About Edward C. Tolman
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How Psychologist David Kolb Influenced Experiential Learning
Portrait of Anna Freud
10 Women Who Helped Change Psychology
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What Great Psychologists Say About Emotional Intelligence
Asch's conformity experiments graphic
The Most Notorious Social Psychology Experiments
A photograph of psychologist Lewis Terman
Lewis Terman's Controversial Legacy in the Field of Psychology
Psychology through the years
The Origins of Psychology: History Through the Years
Sigmund Freud and Martha Freud
Sigmund Freud's Psychoanalytic Theories of Women
B. F. Skinner, February 26, 1968
B. F. Skinner: The Life of Psychology's Radical Behaviorist
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What Is Self-Concept and How Does It Form?
Ivan Pavlov stamp
Why Ivan Pavlov Was So Influential in the Field of Psychology
Edward Bradford Titchener portrait
Biography of Psychologist Edward B. Titchener
Karen Horney portrait
Why Karen Horney Is Important to Feminine Psychology
Philip Zimbardo
The Influence of Philip Zimbardo on Psychology
Milgram's shock box
A Brief Biography of Social Psychologist Stanley Milgram
How Humanistic Theories Are Used in Psychology
Psychologist Max Wertheimer
A Biography of the Gestalt Psychologist Max Wertheimer