The Story of Psychology

The Story of Psychology Socrates, Plato, Descartes, Spinoza, Mesmer, William James, Pavlov, Freud, Piaget, Erikson, And Skinner Each Of These Thinkers Recognized That Human Beings Could Examine, Comprehend, And Eventually Guide Or Influence Their Own Thought Processes, Emotions, And Resulting Behavior The Lives And Accomplishments Of These Pillars Of Psychology, Expertly Assembled By Morton Hunt, Are Set Against The Times In Which The Subjects Lived Hunt Skillfully Presents Dramatic And Lucid Accounts Of The Techniques And Validity Of Centuries Of Psychological Research, And Of The Methods And Effectiveness Of Major Forms Of Psychotherapy Fully Revised, And Incorporating The Dramatic Developments Of The Last Fifteen Years, The Story Of Psychology Is A Graceful And Absorbing Chronicle Of One Of The Great Human Inquiries The Search For The True Causes Of Our Behavior

Date of Birth 1920Morton Hunt is an award winning science writer who has writen for The New Yorker,The New York Times Magazine and Harper s among many other publications He is the author of The Natural History of Love , and The Universe Within He lives in Gladwyne, PA.

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  • Paperback
  • 784 pages
  • The Story of Psychology
  • Morton Hunt
  • English
  • 22 June 2017
  • 9780385471497

10 thoughts on “The Story of Psychology

  1. says:

    I really like the way that this book was constructed It is basically a history of psychology and doesn t get bogged down in any single topic for too long Contrary to some other readers, I enjoyed the chapters concerned with early philosophical speculation about the origin and nature of mental processes It greatly added to my knowledge in this area which previously consisted of what I learned in an Intro to Philosophy course The section on the proto psychologists was highly enlightening insomuch as it discussed the transition from metaphysical theorizing to scientific inquiry I was already familiar with Freud and the Behaviorists so those sections were a sort of review The parts of the books dedicated to developmental and social psychology made for fascinating reading and the section on the cognitive revolution was very informative The book lost its momentum toward the end I felt that the writer gave a skimpy overview of the many forms of psychotherapy and said little to nothing about psychopharmacology But I can t be too critical as these topics can be considered to be beyond the scope of this work and somewhat incongruous Perhaps these were the revisions of the 1993 text but in my opinion, the final two chapters seemed like an afterthought But overall this was a great history of a complex and fragmented field.

  2. says:

    This book is like an extended spark notes on the history of psychology I would recommend reading one or two of the later chapters first and then going back to the beginning That way the book goes faster It s slower reading in Part I because one is less familiar with the concepts although it s much easier than reading the primary sources It was very enjoyable to review some previously considered material while filling in gaps in my knowledge It begins with Greek philosophers, who obviously did not think of themselves as psychologists but attempted to answer some of the same questions, and moves through the Renaissance and Enlightenment and shows how it eventually became a science It puts into perspective the role religion played during a millennium in which no new ideas were developed During this time the church controlled the way people could think about these topics, and so it was all subsumed under the view of faith I did note, however, that it only mentions Greek, European, and American did other people really have no thoughts on these matters I don t know if it is just undocumented or doesn t exist.

  3. says:

    This book solidified my desire to be a psychologist.

  4. says:

    Extensive and through history of psychology Very long but flows well.

  5. says:

    Tom picked up this 900 page monster for me at one of his book festivals, and I set it aside thinking I would probably never get to it Even when I started it, I thought I d read a few chapters, take a break, read something else, and come back to it several times before I finished it But to my delight once I started it I sped through it pretty quickly Despite the potentially dry subject matter, the book isn t written dryly at all, actually, and I appreciate the author s reluctance to get too bogged down in minutiae I m not sure who this book is quite targeted at, though, honestly, unless it s to people like me Hunt asserts his own voice several times throughout the book, and he makes it clear that he assumes the reader knows nothing about the subject I m not sure who would read a 900 page book about a subject with which they were totally unfamiliar, but on the other hand, virtually nothing in this book was very new to me It was nice having the chronology laid out, though, and I did especially enjoy some of the earlier stuff dealing with the Greeks, and the first recorded interest in the mind and how it works A few quibbles some of Hunt s language is weird, like anytime there is a reference to homosexuality, he refers to gay people as homosexuals, a bit of a politically loaded term, and than once refers to sexual preference, a term no educated person uses any I blame that on the fact that the book was originally published in 1994, but this is the 2007 revised edition so that should be changed Secondly, and this is minor, but he also frequently refers to masters level clinicians as psychologists Only a PhD can be a psychologist, but because I assumed this was a fairly well known fact, it makes me wonder what other small details in the book might be wrong But no matter this is exhaustive and very interesting Psychology is such a chaotic and disparate field, I appreciated having the linear timeline to kind of put it all in perspective and context Also, the cover is gorgeous.

  6. says:

    Still reading but enjoying it MUCH.Much was said about Imam Ghazali r.a and the philosophers for his 20 point refutations but someday, I will expound on this , Imam Ghazali r.a actually extended their views on mental processes via Qalb, Nafs, Ruh and Aql.Let me give you an example from the book On Plato Yet he was a sensible man with wide experience of the world, and some of his psychological conjectures about the soul are down to earth and sound almost contemporary In some of the middle and later dialogues notable the Republic, the Phaedrus, and Timaeus he says that when soul me in RUH inhabits a body, it operates on three levels thought or reason me in AQL , spirit or will QALB , and appetite or desire NAFS He likens the soul, in the Phaedrus, to a team of two steeds, one lively but obedient spirit , the other violent and unruly appetite , the two yoke together and driven by a charioteer reason who, with considerable effort, makes them cooperate and pull together Pg 27 I am convinced 100%, you know I know, what beliefs they had Will never forget how that professor said for us to abandon Imam Ghazali r.a for newer theories Hopefully, I will have the opportunity to prove to her that what Imam r.a did is timeless and relevant for all times I don t think she understands how truly great our classical scholars of the Golden Age were Also I am convinced that those who subscribe to the orientalists views that Imam Ghazali r.a caused downfall of Muslim philosophy have neither read and understood Imam Ghazali r.a nor have they read and understood the philosophers works themselves

  7. says:

    Ok, this is a history book so it s quite dry But if you ve read or heard about Edward G Boring s not kidding about that name tome on the history of psychology, Hunt s book is a delightful read.If you are a psychology major or thinking about heading in to grad school, you might find this book helpful interesting because it shows the progression of schools of psychological perspectives how why did neo Freudians break from true Freudians and evolution of other perspectives how why did existentialism humanism come from behaviorism.But you have to be into psychology to really get in to this book Even then, it s quite dry and reads like a textbook which it is.

  8. says:

    By far my favorite work of non fiction Most psychology books these days are either too vague or only provide information on one specific area of study After reading this book, I can see why This book, unlike all the others I ve looked at, aswered nearly all of the questions that I had about psychology and provided information that I hadn t iquired after but found most enjoyable to learn This book should be required reading

  9. says:

    This is a pretty interesting book if you want to read all you ever could in one book on psychology The background of the psychologist themselves are pretty interesting and their basic theories and contributions are reviewed, which isn t super exciting Of course, I read this for one of my classes, but I might actually have picked it up to read parts of it out of curiousity as well.

  10. says:

    Interesting, and useful as a reference on the people who developed various theories and methods in the field limited, because it says little about how to apply those theories and methods, but I guess that wasn t the author s aim This would come in handy for anyone studying for the kind of licensing exam that focuses on this category of information, i.e psychological trivial pursuit.

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