Foundations of Psychology Analytical Essay

Foundations of Psychology
Looks at the many scientific disciplines that form the foundation of the field of psychology.
# 128810 | 945 words | 3 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Aug 13, 2010 in Philosophy (Science) , Psychology (History of Psychology)

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This paper first relates that the beginning of psychology was founded on the biologic desire to discover how the mind and body worked together. Next, the author explains that the discipline of philosophy is at the heart of psychology. The paper traces the foundations of psychology, which are based on structuralism, functionalism, behaviorism, Freud's concept of psychoanalysis, humanism and cognitive psychology.

From the Paper:

"Sigmund Freud established the use of psychoanalysis which put emphasis on the power of the unaware or unconscious mind on individual behavior. He introduced three components which he believed made up the human mind; the id, ego, and superego. Various observations and conjectures made by Freud were formed by the use of clinical instances and case studies, which made his conclusions troublesome to apply to bigger groups. In any case, Freud's psychological model changed the way the human mind and behavior are thought of."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Wagner, K. V. (n.d.). Early Schools of Thought - Structuralism and Functionalism. Psychology - Student Resources - Psychology Articles. Retrieved January 6, 2010, from /a/structuralism.htm

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